NewsWire: Gollum Isn’t New Line’s Only CGI Star – The Hollywood Reporter

by Aug 17, 2000Lord of the Rings (Movies)

For Al Pacino’s next film, Simone, the “scent of a woman” will be entirely computer-generated. (Universal Pictures)
Many Tolkien fans wonder whether Gollum can be adequately portrayed by a computer-generated “actor.” Well… how about CGI being used in a live-action film for a human character?

This heroine is all-digital

by Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES – In an unprecedented move that is sure to cause a stir, writer-director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show) has decided to go completely computer-generated for the title character in New Line Cinema’s live-action feature Simone.

The “actress” will star opposite Al Pacino, who plays a Hollywood film producer in the project, which centers on a young woman who becomes a movie star nearly overnight and how it changes her life.

Niccol decided to computer-generate his female protagonist after failing to find a sufficient lead when several young, up-and-coming actresses auditioned for the role of Simone.

Sources said Niccol was so impressed by the computer-generated effects in Sony’s Final Fantasy: The Movie that he decided to incorporate the same device in his film, slated to shoot next month.

Fantasy, which creates surprisingly lifelike actors through special effects, is the handiwork of producer Jun Aida’s Honolulu-based Square USA. The film is based on a popular video game from Japanese parent Square Co.

Fantasy uses the voices of Alec Baldwin, Ving Rhames and James Woods, but the characters are portrayed physically by mimes wearing motion-capture suits, interacting with props and set pieces shot on a fully digital stage at Square USA’s studio.

New Line is casting the role of a female studio head who is the ex-wife of Pacino’s character in Simone. That character will not be computer-generated.


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