Tintin to get back on the case by Spielberg

Legendary directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to make a trilogy of animated films based on Tintin, the Belgian comic strip hero.

 Tintin to get back on the case by Spielberg

Legendary directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to make a trilogy of animated films based on Tintin, the Belgian comic strip hero.

The pair, responsible for some of Hollywood’s biggest and most memorable hits, will direct at least one of the films each as well as acting as producers on all three. The films will be shot “back to back” in conjunction with DreamWorks Studios and use state-of-the-art technology to bring the globe-trotting junior reporter, his sidekicks Snowy and Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus and the Thompson Twins to life.


Spielberg, director of hits such as the Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, and Jackson, Oscar-winning director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, have selected three stories from the 23 Tintin books by George Remi, better known by his pen name Herge. They announced the deal yesterday with Spielberg promising the films would be shot in 3D, using motion capture technology to translate the movements of real actors into animated characters.

Jackson used the technique on the Lord of the Rings films to create Gollum. “We want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live action film,” said Spielberg, who has been trying to get the film rights to the comic book series for more than 20 years. “And yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live action format would simply not honour the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created.”

He said the new motion capture techniques would enable the characters to be “reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we’ve seen to date with computer animated characters.” “[We are] faithfully replicating Herge’s original designs, but not rendering them as cartoons, or the familiar looking computer animated characters – instead we’re making them look photo-realistic, the fibres of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair,” said Jackson.

“They look exactly like real people – but real Herge people!”


Herge introduced his characters 75 years ago and to date, the books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide and been translated into 70 languages. The two directors are already due to collaborate on Jackson’s next film, the thriller The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold.

Tintin has been adapted before. In the 1960s, two live-action films were made along with three animated films. Two animated television series were also produced.

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Source:Telegraph

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