Hollywood is set to bring James Dean back to the big screen even though he’s been dead for more than 60 years, and some fans are furious.
On Wednesday, Magic City Films claimed it is set to bring Dean to the screen as a digital recreation. Dean died in 1955 in a car accident.
Magic City Films announced that Dean will be recreated from photos and existing film as a featured player in a Vietnam War movie to be entitled, “Finding Jack,” set to be released in 2020.
The production has licensed Dean’s name and image from the actor’s family.
“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,” producer Anton Ernst said in a statement to the media.
Ernst added that the family even considers the new production Dean’s “fourth movie.”
“We do not intend to let his fans down,” he added.
The announcement comes on the heels of the revival of deceased actors Peter Cushing (died in 1994–Revived for a 2016 Star Wars flick) and Carrie Fisher (died in 2016, but brought back to Star Wars in 2018) for bit parts in the Star Wars series, not to mention a starring role for the CGI recreation of a young Will Smith to star as a lead actor in the 2019 film Gemini Man.
But not everyone is happy with the idea of bringing back a dead movie star to the big screen.
A writer for Esquire, for instance, was upset that live, working actors were being shorted for getting the role.
Vice.com pleaded, “don’t do this,” and worried that “nothing is sacred.”
Please don't do this. https://t.co/BBXDjR2pWy
— VICE (@VICE) November 6, 2019
“This is among the most ghastly things to ever happen,” the Nerdist’s Lindsey Romain tweeted.
"We couldn't find a non-dead actor for the role of a white guy in a Vietnam war movie" is truly an amazing take https://t.co/oOoN1BDkA6
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) November 6, 2019
Yeah, that's not James Dean.
It's his face on a motion capture performance and an "anonymous" actor providing voice pattern and choices.
I'd like to know how it will be credited.
How the real actors will be paid.
And how little this team understands the acting craft https://t.co/MkIQHrB5Y0
— Julie Ann Emery (@julieannemery) November 6, 2019
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) November 7, 2019
"We never intended for this to be a marketing gimmick," says the filmmaker whose team SENT OUT A PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING THAT HE CAST JAMES DEAN IN HIS MOVIE. JAMES DEAN. AN ACTOR WHO DIED IN 1955 & NOW HAS AN UPCOMING PROJECT LISTED ON HIS IMDB RESUME. STOP BEING SUCH A GHOUL. pic.twitter.com/0XQ7vF5K0q
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) November 8, 2019
Why are we digitally resurrecting James dean to be in a movie he never agreed to? There are tons of actors out there. Saying u can’t find the right fit is crap. This will never be a James Dean performance just a digital impression. Rebel without a pulse bullshit. Leave James be.
— Kyle Gallner (@KyleGallner) November 6, 2019
When the "only person" who can play the part you've written has been dead for nearly 70 years, I'd suggest you find a new casting director before reanimating the corpse of James Dean. pic.twitter.com/RTqJ2TPvSo
— 𝗔𝗶𝗱𝗮𝗻 𝗢’𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻 (@artimusfoul) November 6, 2019
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