LATEST: A 30-bungalow holiday resort will be built on late star MARLON BRANDO's French Polynesian island, despite protests from the actor's former employees.

Brando purchased the private island of Tetiaroa - where his son TEIHOTU is the only resident - after shooting classic movie Mutiny on the Bounty nearby in 1965, with the intention of using it as a private hideaway when he yearned for a break from his fast-paced Hollywood lifestyle.

However, new owner RICHARD BAILEY has entirely different plans for the tranquil spot - he wants to turn it into a luxury $40 million (GBP21 million) resort called The Brando.

The developer says electricity, running water and sanitation have to be installed on the island but work would be carried out in an environmentally-friendly way to protect the local habitats.

The Brando is scheduled to open for business in 2008, despite the efforts of former Brando staff to call a halt to construction work.

Iconic Brando's ex-business manager JO ANN CORRALES has challenged the plan, saying the actor left part of the island to singer Michael Jackson.

But Bailey has maintained Brando had agreed to the resort idea before he died last year (04).

21/04/2005 17:20