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Brando island to be luxury resort
Marlon Brando
Brando bought the island after filming Mutiny on the Bounty nearby
An island in French Polynesia owned by late actor Marlon Brando is due to become a luxury $40m (20m) resort.

Brando bought the 150-acre atoll Tetiaroa in 1965 after filming Mutiny on the Bounty nearby.

A 30-bungalow resort called The Brando is due be opened on the island in 2008 by developer Tahiti Beachcomber.

Brando's ex-business manager Jo Ann Corrales has challenged the plan, saying the actor left part of the island to singer Michael Jackson.

'Escape paparazzi'

The island's only current inhabitant is Brando's son, Teihotu, one of his children with ex-wife Tarita Teriipia.

Brando "wanted a place where his friends could escape the paparazzi and find some inner peace," said Richard Bailey, CEO of Tahiti Beachcomber.

"Marlon always felt that the Polynesians, more than anyone else in the world, had found an unhurried and humorous way to go through life," added Mr Bailey, who worked with Brando before his death.

Michael Jackson
Corrales said Brando left part of the island to singer Michael Jackson
"He always hoped his life could be so uncomplicated, but unfortunately that was not the case."

Mr Bailey said electricity, running water and sanitation had to be installed on the island but work would be carried out in an environmentally-friendly way which would be sensitive to the sea turtles that spawn there.

Legal challenger Corrales said she was removed as an executor of Brando's will days before the Godfather actor's death aged 80, in July 2004.

She said Brando gave a half-acre chunk of the island to singer Jackson in 2003 after visiting his Neverland ranch in California.

However, lawyers for Brando's estate said the offer to Jackson was merely a token gesture.

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