The late Hollywood legend James Dean died in a car accident in 1955 at the age of 24, according to foreign media Outlet The Hollywood Reporter. But he will accidentally “return” to the screen through CGI technology: he will “play” in a Vietnam film called “Finding Jack.” The late cultural icon is best known for films such as East eden and Rebellion without Cause.
“Finding Jack” is directed by Anton Ernst and Ati Golykh and will be produced by Magic City Films, the filmmaker’s recently formed production company. They will use images and photographs of Dean’s life in the film, which the company obtained from his family. Imagine Engine, a Canadian film VFX production company, will work with South African VFX company MOI Worldwide to recreate what the filmmakers call “a real-life version of James Dean.”
“Finding Jack” is based on the presence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War, based on Gareth Crocker’s novel. Dean will play a supporting character named Rogan.
“We’re looking everywhere for the right person to play Logan, because Rogan’s character arc is extremely complex,” Says Ernst. After months of research, we decided to choose James Dean. “
“We are honored to have the support of his family and will do everything in our power to ensure the integrity of his legacy as one of the most epic movie stars of all time.” His family saw this as his fourth film, a film he had never made before. We don’t want to let his fans down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dean’s performance will be built using “full-body” CGI using real-world footage and photos. Another actor will voice him over.
Multiple Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren has created the theme song for the film, and renowned composer Laurent Eyquem is also contributing to the film.
Pre-recording preparations for “Finding Jack” will begin on November 17th, with the goal of global release on Veterans Day 2020.
The filmmakers now hope that CGI technology to bring Dean “back” to the screen could soon be deployed to other high-profile figures.
Mark Roessler, chief executive of CMG Worldwide, said: “This provides a whole new opportunity for projects involving many deceased celebrity clients,” said Mark Roessler, chief executive of CMG Worldwide, representing Dean’s family and more than 1,700 entertainment, sports, music and historical celebrities, including Burt Reynolds. Representatives of Christopher Reeve, Ingrid Bergman, Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis and Jack Lemmon.
Roesler added: “Our partners in South Africa are very excited about this because the technology will also be used at a particular stage to recreate historical icons such as Nelson Mandela to tell stories of cultural significance.” “