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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 11 2019, @11:37AM   Printer-friendly
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James Dean, who died in 1955, just landed a new movie role, thanks to CGI

James Dean is making his return to the big screen more than 60 years after dying in a car crash, thanks to two VFX companies.

Finding Jack is a movie set within the Vietnam-era that is "based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dean isn't the leading role, but his performance as "Rogan" is "considered a secondary lead role," according to the Reporter. Finding Jack marks the first movie that Dean will star in since Giant in 1956, just one year after his iconic role as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause.

Magic City Films, the company producing the movie, obtained the rights to Dean's image from his family. The goal is to re-create "a realistic version of James Dean," the film's directors told the Reporter. To do so, they're working with Canadian VFX studio Imagine Engine and South African VFX company MOI Worldwide. Dean's body will be fully re-created using CGI technology, and another actor will voice his lines.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Monday November 11 2019, @03:25PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Monday November 11 2019, @03:25PM (#918957) Journal

    Why not?

    Here's what you will see in the future: virtual actors animated, rendered, and voiced using desktop/workstation grade equipment. This could involve a blend of several living/dead actors or actresses, or any living or dead individual.

    Ask yourself why any particular actor gets a role. Why use Jason Statham, Morgan Freeman, Scarlett Johansson, etc.? Are these people the best for the job? The choice might be about talent or compatibility with a particular role, but it's often about building hype.

    There's some speculation in TFA about the choice of Jimmy Dean. It's probably a gimmick, as you suspect. As for the movie-going public appreciating this choice, I suspect that a movie about Vietnam military dogs is going to appeal towards the nursing home crowd, so that could help. Otherwise, it is still early for this gimmick and it makes headlines each time a dead actor is resurrected.

    The family has been paid for this abomination, but by looking at the deepfake and piracy 🏴‍☠️ trends, we can see that people will eventually be violating "dead personality rights" or whatever and uploading the results for anyone to stream or download. No sacred corpses.

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  • (Score: 2) by OrugTor on Monday November 11 2019, @05:41PM

    by OrugTor (5147) Subscriber Badge on Monday November 11 2019, @05:41PM (#918992)

    "River of Gods" - Ian McDonald.
    The endgame is 100% synthetic actors. You want Morgan Freeman's gravitas and Chris Pine's appeal for the part of 20-year-old Barak Obama. What to do? Cast one of your stable of synthetic actors, doesn't matter which, tweak the parameters for gravitas/appeal and the rest is just a skin.