AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has followed Friday’s controversial release of 15 re-recorded club songs by revealing that he is planning to re-release footage of past Grand Finals with CGI additions and edits, ASW has learned.
The AFL announced on Friday that they had recorded updated versions of the traditional club songs for 15 of the 18 AFL teams, with many supporters up in arms at the changes, and it’s expected that there will be further outrage if McLachlan’s plans to amend past Grand Final footage are realised.
Sources close to McLachlan’s inner sanctum have told ASW that McLachlan revealed in a private meeting his plans to re-visit several Grand Finals and insert ‘CGI and digital effects’ to make the matches fit his ‘original vision’, including the addition of Jabba the Hutt and Boba Fett to 2005 Grand Final footage, and replacing North Melbourne’s 1999 Grand Final player Cameron Mooney with the ghost of Hayden Christensen.
“Jabba, Boba, Hayden Christensen…these are just the tip of the iceberg,” said one insider who had detailed knowledge of the meeting.
“Gil spoke for 45 minutes about different visions he had. He’d mapped them all out on a storyboard and even hired sketch artists and animators to mock up quick screen tests of what he’d planned.
“We tried to tell him that he was going to make the traditionalists angry – that people were happy with things the way they were and he didn’t have to do this sort of stuff…but he just had a crazed glint in his eye. It looked like he hadn’t showered in weeks.”
ASW was able to obtain a partial list of proposed changes, with the understanding that McLachlan has already allocated AFL funds to their execution. They are as follows:
It is unknown how many more amendments have been suggested by McLachlan, and information is not expected to be released before the beginning of the 2018 AFL season on March 22.