Steven Spielburg is still set to direct the film Tintin, with Peter Jackson lined up to do the sequel.
Despite the reports from the film industry trade papers, Steven Spielberg is still scheduled to helm the first Tintin movie. Both Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s camps insist that the rumor is inaccurate. The rumor started when a spokesman for Herge Studios’ claimed that Peter Jackson would be directing the first Tintin movie instead of Steven Spielberg. The Hollywood Reporter published a story earlier today, which was quickly removed from their website.
What We Know So Far:
- TinTin was originally scheduled to go into production in September
- The film series will be based on the adventures of popular Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy.
- Spielberg had hinted that he might team up with Jackson to co-direct the third film.
- The first film will be based on two of the original books entitled The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure.
- Screenplay written by Steven Moffat, writer of Doctor Who, Jekyll and Coupling. Moffat was forced to back out of writing the second film due to commitments on Doctor Who.
- The film will be animated with performance capture technology similar to that Robert Zemeckis used on Beowulf. WETA Digital has produced a 20-minute 3D test reel using the technology
- Cast: Thomas Sangster will play Tintin, Andy Serkis is Captain Haddock
- Tintin was originally set to be released in 2009, but I doubt we’ll see it before 2010
- Spielberg has wanted to adapt Tintin for over 25 years
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