James Dean to star in new movie through CGI animation

Carla Harmon
November 7, 2019

Magic City Films said it had obtained the rights from Dean's estate to digitally recreate the "Rebel Without A Cause" star, who died in a 1955 vehicle accident aged 24, for a Vietnam War-era action drama called "Finding Jack".

Finding Jack's co-director/producer Anton Ernst announced via a statement that his company Magic City Films had received the blessing of the Rebel Without a Cause star's family.

Adapted from Gareth Crocker's novel, "Finding Jack" is a live-action movie about the USA military's abandonment of canine units following the Vietnam War.

"We searched high and low for the ideal 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 really feel very honored that his household helps us and can take each precaution to make sure that his legacy as probably the most epic movie stars so far is stored firmly intact".

The director added: "We do not intend to let his fans down". Dean handed away in a 1955 automobile crash on the age of 24.

The film icon will be brought back to the screen 'through CGI visual effects, ' according to the industry publication. Dean's CGI recreation will have a secondary leading role as the character Rogan, according to the report. The digital Dean is to be assembled through old footage and photos and voiced by another actor.

The iconic star, who died in 1955 in a vehicle crash at the age of 24, will be resurrected for the screen thanks to the beauty (and horror) of CGI.

The film, which is to go into production shortly, is due for release next November.

His casting in Finding Jack sets a new precedent for the role that deceased public figures can continue to play in pop culture, which some might find ghoulish.

"This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us", Mark Roesler, CEO of celebrity estates-holder CMG Worldwide told The Hollywood Reporter.

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