Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death last week has left a number of projects in the lurch, but the biggest budget one has a solution and I think I’m OK with it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Hoffman has just one major scene left to film for the remaining two movies and in place where they may still need him they are going to recreate him digitally.
I’m wary of this but not as wary as I thought I’d be for two reasons. First, it seems they aren’t just going to make a digital version of him and insert it willy nilly. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to” is the line from their source. They’re also going to rewrite some scenes to accommodate this thinking, so the majority of the digital stuff will be background.
When asked about the one “key scene” the source says “Why would I want to give people something to look for two years from now?” which is, I feel, the perfect answer. If they tell us then we’ll all look for it and it’ll ruin the experience of the movie.
Further to this, the effects supervisor says that in light of this and the death of Paul Walker he would not be surprised if studios start requiring actors to be scanned in case of this sort of thing. While I understand the thought I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that.