Yesterday came the news that a CG recreation of the late James Dean would be used by Magic City Films to fill in the secondary male lead role in their new Vietnam War film “Finding Jack”.
The report claimed the studio planned on digitally recreating the actor and cast him in a “brand-new role” in a film that is set a decade after the actor’s untimely passing. Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh plan to helm the film and understandably have been the main targets of the backlash that has risen up in the wake of the original article hitting.
Ernst has since spoken with THR about their decision, saying he’s “saddened” and “confused” by the backlash:
“We don’t really understand it. We never intended for this to be a marketing gimmick. 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.”
Magic City Films has obtained the rights to use Dean’s image from his living relatives for the feature. The film begins pre-production in about a week with the aim to be in cinemas by November next year.