We are officially through the looking glass, as it were: James Dean, legendary actor and icon of Hollywood who died at the age of 24 in a car accident way back in 1955, will star in a new movie.
Yes, really. The news was announced on Wednesday via the Hollywood Reporter, which noted that the film — Finding Jack — is a Vietnam-era war picture with a pretty ambitious plan.
Working with James Dean’s family and estate, the filmmakers secured the rights to a CGI rendering of the actor for the film. Via THR‘s report:
Directed by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, the project comes from the filmmakers’ own recently launched production house Magic City Films, which obtained the rights to use Dean’s image from his family. Canadian VFX banner Imagine Engine will be working alongside South African VFX company MOI Worldwide to re-create what the filmmakers describe as “a realistic version of James Dean.”
Finding Jack is an adaptation of the book by author Gareth Crocker, adapted for the screen by Maria Sova. The story tells the tale of 10,000 military dogs who found themselves abandoned by the end of the Vietnam War. THR notes that Dean’s character, Rogan, is a “secondary leading role” in the film.
Pre-production for the movie starts this month, and filmmakers are eyeing Veterans Day 2020 for a possible release date.
More, via THR:
“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,” said Ernst, who also produces with Golykh for Magic City Films alongside Donald A. Barton of Artistry Media Group.
“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. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down.”
We’ve seen departed music stars “go on tour” as holograms, and now we’re seeing the dawn of a new era of Hollywood, too — exciting times indeed.
Needless to say, this will come with heightened anticipation and wonder, as the concept of bringing one of Hollywood’s most legendary figures back to the big screen is sure to be a hot-button topic of conversation as the movie nears.