Chris Evans leads those slating plans to bring back James Dean in CGI movie

Ben Arnold
Contributor
James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause (Credit: Ullstein Bild via Getty Images)

Captain America himself has slated plans for a new movie which plans to bring back the late James Dean using CGI.

The plans have been met with fierce criticism online, with Avengers star Chris Evans among those leading the fury, alongside Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams.

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Magic City Films announced yesterday that it is planning to make a Vietnam-era drama called Finding Jack, based on the novel of the same name about the 10,000 military dogs who were abandoned after the war.

FILE - In this April 22, 2019 file photo, Chris Evans arrives at the premiere of "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The “Captain America” actor returned to his native Massachusetts to help dedicate the new home of a youth theater company where as a youngster he honed his acting skills. Evans helped cut the ribbon Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Concord Youth Theatre’s permanent home. Evans, who grew up in nearby Sudbury, acted in Concord Youth Theatre productions starting when he was 9 years old. His mother, Lisa Evans, is the theater’s director. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The film's potential directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh obtained rights to use Dean's image for the movie – the actor died aged 24 in 1955 – but the response to the plan has been overwhelmingly negative so far.

“This is awful,” tweeted Evans. “Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful.”

Zelda Williams also spoke out against the plans. Famously, Robin Williams took steps to restrict the exploitation of his image for 25 years after his death, bequething it to a charitable trust.

“I have talked to friends about this for YEARS and no one ever believed me that the industry would stoop this low once tech got better,” she wrote.

“Publicity stunt or not, this is puppeteering the dead for their 'clout' alone and it sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance.”

Many others have also chimed in.

So far, Magic City Films is yet to comment on the matter, but it plans to begin production of the film later this month, with a release set for 2020.