James Dean returns to the big screen, more than 60 years after the death of a car accident, thanks to two VFX companies.
Find Jack is a film set in the Vietnam era and is "based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War," said to The Hollywood Reporter. Dean is not the lead, but his performance as "Rogan" is "considered a secondary lead," according to the News reporter. Find Jack marks the first film in which Dean will shine since Huge in 1956, just a year after his iconic role as Jim Stark in Rebel without purpose.
Magic City Films, the company that produces the film, obtained the rights to the image of Dean of his family. The goal is to create a realistic version of James Dean & # 39; the directors told me News reporter. For this they work together with the Canadian VFX studio Imagine Engine and the South African VFX company MOI Worldwide. Dean's body is completely recreated using CGI technology, and another actor will speak his voice.
"We searched high and low for the perfect character to represent the role of Rogan, who has a number of extremely complex character bows, and after months of research we decided James Dean," said co-director Anton Ernst de News reporter.
It is unclear what that means exactly, especially since there are thousands and thousands of living actors who are likely to be able to play the role. Obtaining the rights to the appearance of actors and using them for CGI re-creation purposes is not entirely new – just look at Furious 7 or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – but it's a conversation that takes Hollywood more seriously than ever. Vox critic Alissa Wilkinson touched on the issue this is facing in her review of Twin Man Ang Lee's action film with Will Smith and a younger version of Will Smith playing his clone. Wilkinson wrote:
So imagine the options if you could perfectly recreate every actor – and the potential savings (and potential revenues) for a movie studio that holds the rights, say, the perfect replica of Keanu Reeves or Angelina Jolie or Will Smith, all during the sharing license with the actor's estate. You could doubt that it will ever happen; I would spend money on it in the next decade unless the trade unions intervened in some way. It has happened before, with actors like the late Peter Cushing Rogue One. And if you can recreate actors, you can also create them, replacing the need to hire people to play all those parts of which nobody knows the name of the actor.
Was James Dean really the only actor who could play this role? Doubtful. Whether it is a marketing stunt that draws attention to the film or the future of the cinema, it is a representative of a world in which we may soon live.