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posted by Fnord666 on Monday November 11 2019, @11:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the stroll-through-the-uncanny-valley dept.

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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: 2) by jasassin on Tuesday November 12 2019, @12:35AM (4 children)

    by jasassin (3566) <jasassin@gmail.com> on Tuesday November 12 2019, @12:35AM (#919173) Journal

    I was born in 75, but I still recognized the coolness factor James Dean had. I'm sure there are plenty of people (probably especially on this site) that'll disagree, but obviously he did something right to have such a cult following. This reinforces that concept.

    I'm downloading his three movies right now.

    Long live James Dean!

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @12:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @12:57AM (#919178)

    Young James Dean, some say he looks just like his father
    But he could never love somebody’s daughter
    Football team loved more than just the game
    So he vowed to be his husband at the altar

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday November 12 2019, @03:05PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday November 12 2019, @03:05PM (#919400) Homepage Journal

    obviously he did something right to have such a cult following.

    He died young. He stuck around just long enough to prove himself something of a success, then died while still young. That is part of JFK's mystique, as well.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @04:39PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @04:39PM (#919447)

      I've always said that having an untimely or tragic death early in your career is the best move you can make.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @04:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday November 12 2019, @04:36PM (#919445)

    I was born 10 years before you and I never got the Dean cult thing. In the 80's there was this nostalgia-cool thing with some of the 50's icons like Dean, Monroe, and Bogart (such as that infamous diner poster and seemingly infinite variants of it). I think it went naturally with that Reagan-era nostalgia for the simple times of the 50's where the women stayed home to keep house. My guess is that they picked Dean because he was an icon (although, like many, one whose stature grew as a result of an untimely death), and they worked out a deal with his heirs.