'FINDING JACK' VIETNAM WAR MOVIE TO FEATURE JAMES DEAN AS CGI PUPPET IN 2020

  
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'FINDING JACK' VIETNAM WAR MOVIE TO FEATURE JAMES DEAN AS CGI PUPPET IN 2020

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James Dean died in a car crash in 1955, a cinematic icon after starring in just three movies. On Tuesday,  The Hollywood Reporter announced  the forever 24-year-old star will have a role in a fourth, as a computer-generated character in the Vietnam War drama,  Finding Jack .

An adaptation of the Gareth Crocker novel of the same name,  Finding Jack  follows the relationship between Jack the dog and soldier Fletcher Carson, who disobeys orders to leave behind the animal in Vietnam after the U.S. invasion's end in 1973. More than 10,000 U.S. war dogs were declared "surplus military equipment" and left behind or euthanized during the retreat. In a war he didn't live to know existed, the CGI Dean will play Lieutenant Rogan, a platoon leader who orders Carson to shoot the dog when Carson first encounters him in the field.

Finding Jack  doesn't have quite the pedigree of Dean's previous films, which included groundbreaking performances in 1955's  East of Eden  and  Rebel Without a Cause , and his role in the 1956 drama  Giant , which Dean anchored alongside Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor. Without any say in the matter, Dean's reanimated, virtual body will march and shoot for South African producer Anton Ernst and actress Tati Golykh, both first-time directors feature on  Finding Jack .

Ernst and Golykh obtained rights to Dean's image from his family. Canadian special effects companies Imagine Engine ( Game of Thrones, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ) and MOI Worldwide (Vodaphone and University of Nicosia commercials) will create a puppet of the dead actor, which will be voiced by another actor doing an imitation of Dean.













"We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extremely complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean," Ernst told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."








While previous films have experimented in filling minor roles with dead actors who can no longer object—most notably Peter Cushing's return as a stiffer, waxy-visaged Grand Moff Tarkin in  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story —multiple parties are hoping  Finding Jack  opens the floodgates to further exploitation of dead talent.

"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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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago

In another Hollywood announcement about this new CGI use,   Blowhard Productions revealed that Rodney Dangerfield will be brought back from the dead to star as Donald Trump in the new dramatic biography of the current president*, titled Funny Money. 

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Ed-NavDoc
2  Ed-NavDoc    one week ago

Was that supposed to be funny?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2    one week ago

Come again?   The James Dean article is real. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    one week ago

As you well know, I was referring to your Rodney piece.

 
 
 
WallyW
2.1.2  WallyW  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    one week ago

T'aint funny McGee, as Molly would attest.....

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.1    one week ago

Well, it IS funny.   Sorry it offends you. 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.1.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.3    one week ago

Offends me? Not even close. I just find it highly irrelevant...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
2.1.5  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.1.4    one week ago

"Lighten up Francis".       There are "irrelevant" comments all over this place. 

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.6  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.5    6 days ago

But at least they are funny.

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     6 days ago

A very sad chapter in US Military history. The dead and abandonment of US War Dogs that saved untold numbers of American servicemen in Vietnam. 

The ignorance of the military on this is mind-boggling.  

An excellent read is ''Forever Faithful'' the story of the US Marines first ward dogs in WWII...

 
 
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