James Dean 60 years after his death will receive a new role in the film
James Dean – an extremely talented actor ("Giant" and "East of Eden"), died in a car accident in 1955. Now it will return to the cinema screens. Thanks to the latest CGI achievements, James Dean will appear in the drama "Finding Jack."
The project, whose directors are Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, will be implemented by the Magic City Films film house, which obtained the rights to use the image of Dean from his family. To recreate the character of the actor, two studios specializing in special effects will collaborate: the Canadian Imagine Engine and the South African MOI Worldwide. Digital James Dean will play a supporting role this time. The premiere of the film is planned for 2020.
"Finding Jack" is an adaptation of Gareth Crocker's novel. He tells the story of an American soldier who, after the end of the Vietnam War, receives, like everyone else, an order to leave his dog in Vietnam. Contrary to the command, the main character escapes with his four-legged friend. – We feel very honored that the James family supports us and strives to make his legacy as one of the greatest movie stars appreciated. The family treats this film as Dean's fourth film. A movie he could never make. We really don't want to disappoint his fans – said Anton Ernst.
The creators will use all available movies and photos of the actor to create the CGI model. However, the character will be voiced by another actor not yet mentioned by name. The effect should be similar to what we have already seen in contemporary cinema. Posthumously, we could already watch on the silver screen, among others Peter Cushing ("Rogue One") or Carrie Fisher (although in this case the previous recordings with the actress were simply used). Digital models still lack 100% naturalness and for now nobody should have a problem distinguishing a live actor from a CGI. But the technology is developing so much that maybe in a few to several years, such practices will not be used occasionally, but will become a standard, as green screen and digital landscapes are currently used.
Does that make sense?
James Byron Dean lived only 24 years. But he managed to star in three outstanding films ("Rebel Without a Cause", "Giant" and "East of Eden"), creating in each of them unusual acting creations. After his death, he became an icon of pop culture, mainly due to the role of the rebellious teenager Jim Stark in the film "Rebel Without a Cause". He is the first person to posthumously receive an Oscar nomination in the best actor category and the only one to receive this award twice.
Here, however, it is worth considering the sense of such an operation. While the digital revival of actors who died during the filming can still be understood, the replacement of live people by computer-generated characters can be controversial. Some cinema stars include Robin Williams, stipulated that she did not posthumously want to be "resurrected" in a similar way. In the case of "Finding Jack," the director claims that he considered many young actors, but none suited him to the role as James Dean. Without prejudice to Dean's talent, it is hard to believe, especially since we are talking only about appearance, not natural movements, voice and charisma that cannot be reproduced. It is certain, however, that "Finding Jack" is and will be loud, precisely because of the presence of such an iconic character. | allthingsblogging.com