I’m so bummed about this. Directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh have acquired the rights to use the image of James Dean—who died in 1955—to make a Vietnam War movie called Finding Jack. They plan to use pre-existing film and photographs to create a ‘full body’ CGI version of Dean, and then get some actor to provide his voice. Ugh.
According to tackiest-man-alive Anton Ernst they searched ‘high and low for the perfect character to portray the role… which has some extremely complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean.’ Then the evil, money-grubbing rat said that he and his partner, Golykh, felt ‘very honoured that (Dean’s) 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.’ You already have, dummy.
I spoke with preeminent Dean archivist David Loehr today, who said that having Jimmy in the news would be a good thing for the people of Fairmount, Indiana, the childhood home and final resting place of Dean. ‘There will be a lot more press attention to it when it’s released, too,’ which I guess is true. I still think casting a CGI James Dean is majorly on the nose, but if it’s good for Fairmount, it’s good for me.
Speaking of James Dean and Fairmount and the book I’ve been working on since 2016—no, it’s not finished. It’s still coming, though (I’ll be announcing its completion here: @hangoutthestarsinindiana), and it’s gonna be good. GOOD! Possibly even excellent. Maybe even shit. No! It’ll be acceptable. Now watch this East of Eden screen test with the actress that should’ve been cast as ‘Abra’, Lois Smith.