Because it’s a horribly disrespectful idea
Well, in the latest insane news from Hollywood, deceased actor James Dean is set to return to the big screen in Finding Jack, a film which will see a computer-generated version of the actor play a soldier in the Vietnam War.
Yeah, apparently, they can do that now.
The news was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, who spoke with director Anton Ernst of Magic City Films. He revealed that while a real-life casting call had taken place for the role of Vietnam soldier Rogan, the decision was eventually made to use CGI to have Dean “play” the role.
Ernst said, “We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean.”
This means the team behind Finding Jack first decided that none of the real, living actors they saw were good enough, then decided they would use CGI to put an actor into the role, then chose James Dean. Surely they will still need to use an actual person to base the CGI on, and someone will have to read the lines – so all they will really be using is Dean’s likeness, which seems unnecessary and a little disrespectful to both the actor, who died in 1955, and the acting community as a whole.
Magic City Films obtained the rights to his likeness from his family, with Ernst saying, “We feel honoured 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. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down.”
Well, “his fans” are already pretty against the idea, as the news has drawn ire from some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Chris Evans, Elijah Wood and more – including an actor who auditioned for the film:
As a side note: this development in technology seems to be something else that The Simpsons sort of predicted, as in Treehouse of Horror XIX’s “How to Get Ahead in Dead-Vertising” Homer makes a living killing celebrities in order for companies to use their likeness without issues of permission.