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The cultural icon, who died in 1955, will return to the screen via CGI using actual footage and photos for 'Finding Jack.'

James Dean, who died in a 1955 car crash at the age of 24, is making an unexpected return to the big screen.

The cultural icon, known for Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, has been posthumously cast in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack.

Directed by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, the project comes from the filmmakers' own recently launched production house Magic City Films, which obtained the rights to use Dean’s image from his family. Canadian VFX banner Imagine Engine will be working alongside South African VFX company MOI Worldwide to re-create what the filmmakers describe as “a realistic version of James Dean.”

Adapted by Mari Sova from Gareth Crocker’s novel, Finding Jack is based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War. Dean will play a character called Rogan, considered a secondary lead role.

"We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," said Ernst, who also produces with Golykh for Magic City Films alongside Donald A. Barton of Artistry Media Group.

"We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down."

While Finding Jack will be live action, The Hollywood Reporter understands that Dean’s performance will be constructed via "full body" CGI using actual footage and photos. Another actor will voice him.

Multiple Oscar nominated songwriter Diane Warren wrote the key song for the film and acclaimed composer Laurent Eyquem is on board to score the film.

Preproduction on Finding Jack starts Nov. 17, with a goal for a worldwide release on Veterans Day 2020. Magic City Films is handling the foreign sales.

The filmmakers are now hoping that the CGI technology used to bring Dean back to life onscreen could soon be deployed on other well-known figures.

"This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us," said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, which represents Dean’s family alongside more than 1,700 entertainment, sports, music and historical personalities, including the likes of Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ingrid Bergman, Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis and Jack Lemmon.

Added Ernst: "Our partners in South Africa are very excited about this, as this technology would also be employed down the line to re-create historical icons such as Nelson Mandela to tell stories of cultural heritage significance."

Barton added: "Now that we have closed with this iconic figure, we look forward to rapidly closing our remaining actors."
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Nothing unethical to see here, folks!

I love the way they say "well his family signed off!" The man died in 1955 when he was 24 and left no children. His surviving family is probably a bunch of people who never met him.
 

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Hell, at this point just invent actors out of whole-cloth. Why the fuck not? They couldn't die, get involved in scandals or get burned out.
Yea if you can make it look 100% real with no uncanny valley effect then just make new shit. This is going to weird more people out than it'll piss off, but either way it's not going to make more money than if it was just a new fake person
 

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Yea if you can make it look 100% real with no uncanny valley effect then just make new shit.
At this point in time it's entirely doable. Expensive, but doable. The trippy Mysterio scenes in FFH for example were 100% CGI and those looked great.

Hell we're getting pretty close to getting perfect voice deepfakes too. You could easily sculpt the perfect actors. They just haven't yet.
 
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I would be very surprised if anyone actually cares about a potential deepfake or cg James Dean in this day and age. Who's next, Tony Curtis?
 
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I would be very surprised if anyone actually cares about a potential deepfake or cg James Dean in this day and age. Who's next, Tony Curtis?
Nah, they should recreate John Holmes next. But would a digital Holmes infect human actors with digital viruses?

The article explicitly mentions Christopher Reeve. Maybe we get another Superman reboot.
 

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Imagine! You'll be able to recreate video of humanity so that history was full of multicultural, transgender people!
Japanese Samurais were Japanese Men? Oh no no no, you bigot, it was an african-indian transwoman!
First president of the US was a white male? WRONG it was a brown nonbinary foxkin multiple system!
The future is here, people.
 

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Read between the lines niggers.

This shit is being floated out to audiences to test how they respond to digitally resurrected actors as the new movie gimmick, likely at the behest of various hollywood producer types wanting to gauge whether now is the time to start replacing overpaid actors with interns covered in sensors.

If it bombs then we may see it kicked down the road another decade

If it does well...hoo boy shit is going to get real fucking gnarly.
 

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Isn't this already being done with Carrie Fisher and Episode 9? She's in it and I thought read in the SW thread that they're using a combination of unused footage and CGI Leia. Then again it's been going through so many reshoots and there is rumored to be 3 different films being shown to test audiences, so maybe she's only in one of them or her parts have been discarded full stop.
Read between the lines niggers.

This shit is being floated out to audiences to test how they respond to digitally resurrected actors as the new movie gimmick, likely at the behest of various hollywood producer types wanting to gauge whether now is the time to start replacing overpaid actors with interns covered in sensors.

If it bombs then we may see it kicked down the road another decade

If it does well...hoo boy shit is going to get real fucking gnarly.
Now they can mine nostalgia using computer generated actors from the movies, TV shows, etc they're remaking and adapting without having to come up with anything new!
 

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Read between the lines niggers.

This shit is being floated out to audiences to test how they respond to digitally resurrected actors as the new movie gimmick, likely at the behest of various hollywood producer types wanting to gauge whether now is the time to start replacing overpaid actors with interns covered in sensors.

If it bombs then we may see it kicked down the road another decade

If it does well...hoo boy shit is going to get real fucking gnarly.
If they kick this technology down the road another decade then they may as well shelve it. It's coming out now.

How many theaters will even be left in a decade?
 

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If they kick this technology down the road another decade then they may as well shelve it. It's coming out now.

How many theaters will even be left in a decade?
Well, if the film does well and starts a trend maybe producers will start pushing to replace every high price actor with a CGI simulacrum and outsource the work to whatever cut price chink sweatshop has the most computing graduates.

Imagine if you could do Infinity War/Endgame but while paying all the "actors" less than Robert Downey Junior's coffee intern's assistant and not having to take any talkback or put up with any behind the scenes autism from any of them.

Assuming the cost of the animation work goes down as its used more and refined, then bigass blockbuster movies suddenly look a lot more appealing for backers given how much cheaper they would be. Anne-frankly animated movies already have a good record of success so the idea would hardly be difficult to sell to various skeptical hollywood people.

I mean....if they finally bridge the Uncanny Valley effect then this may well be the future of cinema. In the end the only flesh actors left in movies could be those willing to take a role for their own artistic/autistic ideals.

And the worst thing is..... given how badly this would screw over the insufferable narcissists and shitbags in the acting industry, this could hypothetically be a genuinely good thing to happen as it would cull the industry of any who are not interested in acting for its own sake and utterly break the influence douchebag actors have over boomer politicians and media people who are obsessed with courting their affections.
 

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And the worst thing is..... given how badly this would screw over the insufferable narcissists and shitbags in the acting industry, this could hypothetically be a genuinely good thing to happen as it would cull the industry of any who are not interested in acting for its own sake and utterly break the influence douchebag actors have over boomer politicians and media people who are obsessed with courting their affections.
I don't think much would change with the greedy fucks in charge. They'll look at "Oh look we saved 250 million this year by not hiring actual actors, we still don't need to take any actual risks so lets keep the China-pandering and remakes going!"

That said all the Hollywood assholes suddenly being out of a job or working for millions of dollars less would be hilarious. They'd still be assholes though, just look at the voice acting industry and people like DC Dickless.
 

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Read between the lines niggers.

This shit is being floated out to audiences to test how they respond to digitally resurrected actors as the new movie gimmick, likely at the behest of various hollywood producer types wanting to gauge whether now is the time to start replacing overpaid actors with interns covered in sensors.

If it bombs then we may see it kicked down the road another decade

If it does well...hoo boy shit is going to get real fucking gnarly.
Hey, you. Your grandpa ever tell you how fucking hot Marilyn Munroe was, or Lauren Bacall, or Ingrid Bergman, maybe?

Wanna see them all three of them hanging out, right now, with Robert Pattinson, at the height of their hotness?

Do you wanna see their titties?

Seriously though, despite the creep factor, this could lead to a lot less drama. Oddly enough, this was actually a plot line in a season of Bojack Horseman. He was the lead in a movie, but the producers knew about his reputation for being an unreliable substance abusing asshole, so they scanned his likeness with these crazy detailed CGI plot devices. When he inevitably caused not only a ton of drama, but fled the fucking set and never came back, they were able to finish the movie with the CGI double they had already made, didn't tell anybody, and fake Bojack wound up getting an Oscar nod.
 

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Read between the lines niggers.

This shit is being floated out to audiences to test how they respond to digitally resurrected actors as the new movie gimmick, likely at the behest of various hollywood producer types wanting to gauge whether now is the time to start replacing overpaid actors with interns covered in sensors.

If it bombs then we may see it kicked down the road another decade

If it does well...hoo boy shit is going to get real fucking gnarly.
Well every era of cinema has had it's gimmicks from 3D to William Castle's 'The Tingler'. This is just the latest.
What I find interesting about all this, is what it says about the modern 'Movie Star', or the current lack thereof. Hollywood, like nature abhors a vacuum.
Actors used to be a brand, you went to see a Bogart movie or a Schwarzenegger movie. Other then The Rock, I can think of very few actors that can open a movie because their name is above the title, and even he is now considered an aging star. I mean who the fuck gets excited to see a Brie Larson movie?
The movie star is dead and this gimmick is the inevitable result of the reality that the only names that can open a movie these days, are mostly dead ones.
 
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