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When I first read the news story I thought it was a joke. But as sure as today’s October 21st, not April 1st, these news come in all seriousness. Casterman and Moulinsart plan on creating one more Tintin album, and its release date is set for 2052. Wait, what?
But how? Why? Whatever happened to respecting Hergé’s wishes that nobody continue with the series? Well, I’ll post the article straight from Le Soir (or rather…from Le Soir through Google Translate. I’ve edited parts for clarity only, since I don’t know too much French, but, only at times, I know a little more than Google). I didn’t fix everything, and some of the verb tenses are hard to straighten out, but you guys are smart…You’ll get the point.
In an exclusive interview with the Paris daily “Le Soir” and “The World” with Charlotte Gallimard, new director of Casterman and Mouchart Benedict, the new editorial director of the Franco-Belgian publishing house, Nick Rodwell, the head of Moulinsart, unleashed a scoop.In 2052, Casterman will be allowed to publish a new Tintin adventure, a year before Hergé’s work falls into the public domain.Nick Rodwell said that the mission of the heirs of the master of the clear line is to “protect and promote” his work. With this in mind, a new album will be the only way for him to prevent Bashibazoucks from making Tintin into everything and anything, 70 years after the author’s death.
During the meeting, Benedict and Charlotte Gallimard Mouchart also revealed the signing of a sponsorship agreement of the Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve and the publishing next year of the “Secrets of Cigars of the Pharaoh “ by Casterman. This album celebrates 80 years of presence in the catalog Tintin Casterman. He will tell in pictures redesigned by Hergé Studios adventure published in black and white in 1934 to create the color album that we know today. Finally, Moulinsart and Casterman are also considering making a movie or a cartoon Jo Zette.
I’ll be honest, Tintinologists. I have very mixed feelings about this, but they are turning more and more negative the more I think about it. Hergé didn’t want anybody making more Tintin albums. Tintin was his child, and for many years, Tintin literally took over the man’s life. To continue the series, especially so many years after his death, and still consider it official is really a bizarre and kind of uncomfortable idea. I agree with their intentions: I don’t want counterfeit Tintin’s to sprout up and turn Tintin into “everything and anything” either. But really, if that happens after whenever Tintin would become public domain, who does that really harm?
Such publications would fool nobody, especially 70 years after Hergé’s death. And honestly, as much as Moulinsart and whoever else wants to stop it, people already make Tintin into everything and anything. They just don’t easily get away with selling it. And while sure, some cases are “Tintin and Thailand”, many others are just innocent fan art. But nobody’s trying to say that those are official, “canonical” Tintin albums.
But Casterman and Moulinsart have everything to lose financially if they can no longer control who sells and markets Tintin. So in an effort to protect Hergé’s last wishes, they actually have to break them.
What I fear is that this may not become just “one extra album.” Fans will want more. Kids will want more. Compared with other comic books, 24 albums is a small number of adventures. And if the moneymakers can break the rules once, they may just break them again. I can just hear people ask, “After all the work it will take to produce that one super special album, why not take advantage of whoever creates it and let him make a few more?”
But for better or for worse, a lot can happen in forty years. Forty years ago Hergé was still making Tintin albums! What do you think, fans? Is this a good idea? Should we just wait it out and see? I wouldn’t expect too much news on this for a long, long time.
On the plus side, I think a Jo, Zette and Jocko movie would actually be a really good idea.
If you are…take a picture, ask a question, anything! Whatever. Any comment you leave would be great.
I have no idea how busy the place will be. Even if you just go, get in, and get out, we’d love to hear from you.
If you actually have the chance, perhaps you could ask any of the following questions:
What is your favorite Tintin album, and, briefly, why?
What was your involvement, if any, with helping in the production of the last Tintin movie?
I wouldn’t expect him to have been involved, but you never know.
First of all, sorry that this has been pretty much a dead site for months. It’s not my fault there hasn’t been news on the movie…
But in other news, I recently made a trip to the beautiful Tintin Shop in London for the first time, and had a blast looking at all the expensive merchandise. I’d already been to the one in Brussels, but this was my first time I’d ever been in a shop with so many Tintin books in English. I love practicing my French, but I love being surrounded by Tintin in my native language…
Most of the stuff there really is kind of expensive. Tintin merchandise in general is overpriced simply because it’s Tintin, but since I live in the land of euros, coming to the land of pounds only made things worse. Still, coming to the Tintin Shop in person saved me the shipping costs of sending a large item all the way to Spain, and I do even think that what I found, I got for a good price. More on that later.
By far the coolest part of the visit was when I told the lady at the counter about how I run this blog, and she kindly told me that I could take as many pictures of the shop to put on the site as I wanted, but most awesome of all, she even let me see this cool new book that’s coming out October 12th.
It was super fun to flip through a book that wasn’t even on the shelves yet. What makes this different from the average companion guide to Tintin albums or Hergé’s life is that this book is filled with replicas of over 20 pieces of “artwork, sketches and memorabilia from Hergé’s archives.” Take for example, this replica of an actual copy of Le Petit Vingtieme from 1929. Other books would show you a picture and you might go “oh, that’s cool, Hergé was inspired by that” or “there’s a picture of an early newspaper with Tintin in it. This book lets you read that newspaper, or hold that picture up close and see all the details.
The removable pieces hang inside in paper pouches, next to chapters in the book that explain their context. I was extremely nervous that I might tear one of the little flaps, but on the other hand, I wondered…If I break this…maybe they’ll let me buy it.”
The author, Dominique Maricq, is the chief archivist at Studios Hergé, and I expect his point of view on the items he chose to reproduce will be fascinating. The book will be released in both French and English, and if you drop by the Tintin Shop in London on the 19th of October, Dominique Maricq himself will be signing copies from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. (The shop also has several autographed copies of other books written by Tintinologist Michael Farr). If you’re like me and don’t live in the UK, you can contact them and, should you choose to order the book, ask for an autographed copy, which will cost the same price. They told me the book would sell for 30 pounds…I’m not sure what the French edition will go for in euros (they probably don’t sell that one at the UK shop, but I assume it will be released online at the same time).
Their site is currently being redone, but here’s some basic information, should you choose to visit:
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The Gaelic, Welsh and Scots versions of The Black Island.
I also got to see the complete collection of the Tintin cars…of which I only have two, still in their boxes and very dusty.
These used to be sold years and years ago at kiosks in Spain. Good memories…
For those interested, here are the Michael Farr books (and also Philippe Goddin…they have autographed copies of those too):
I have the third book in that set (in Spanish) and still haven’t read it all, but it is very interesting.
I left the shop with my own copy of Tintin Mille Bornes, which only cost 15 pounds! Games like that cost a ton here in Spain, so I was very happy with the price, and happy enough with the game itself that I’ll give it its own post later on. Hopefully soon I can stop posting about card games and start posting about real news, but this post at least was a refreshing way to interrupt the silence on this site.
If you do go, feel free to tell me about it in the comments. Maybe somebody can even get their picture with Dominique Maricq. Even cooler would be if we could get him to give us a brief interview for the blog…anybody up for trying to ask him a few questions for this site? Anything he could say about his experiences working as Chief Archivist, or his thoughts on the process of creating this book, would be really interesting. If any of you are interested in trying to talk to him, I can come up with some questions I would ask him and send them to you. That would be an awesome blog post for this site! Remember, he’ll be there from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
So, a long time ago we were told that Tintin 2 would be adapted from the album Prisoners of the Sun (and The Seven Crystal Balls, which precedes it). Then we were told that it not be those two, and we were left guessing and speculating. Now it appears that they might have stuck with the original plan. But the info is still questionable, so don’t count on knowing all the facts just yet. The information comes from the Latinos Post that cites an interview from ScreenCrush. The line of interest for Tintin fans, written at the end of the article, is:
Kennedy was recently nominated for an Academy Award for her work on “Lincoln” and is currently in Pre-production for “The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun”
Now this isn’t a direct quote from Kennedy and we can’t find anything elsewhere to back this up. But it is possible that she revealed it and everybody is so interested in Star Wars VII, the focus of the article, that few have given the info much attention. On the other hand, it is possible that Latino Post is working on outdated information.
I still think Prisoners of the Sun would be a great adventure to introduce Calculus in (and even stay true to the chronology of Tintin). I’ve been saying this for months, but hopefully new news will come soon.
For years now some of you may have been following the project to make digital versions, such as you could use on an iPad, of the Tintin albums. Finally, they are for sale!
I don’t own a tablet myself, but the prices sound reasonable and there are supposed to be some fun things you can unlock as you go through the books. You can check it out here:
In an interview with Spielberg, the Times of India asked about when Tintin 2 might hit theaters. This was Spielberg’s response:
”Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I’m producing. We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year.
“Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge.” Smiling impishly, refused to confirm or deny the guesses we hazarded but when specifically asked about ‘The Blue Lotus’, said it would probably be the third Tintin film.
The strange thing about The Blue Lotus being the third film is that, in Tintin’s room on the wall, there are framed newspaper stories showing details from both The Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus (as well as, by the way, The Black Island, which I know some of you have suggested would be a fun choice). I’ll borrow these from the site I linked to in my last post:
As of right now, Tintin is set up almost completely in the correct chronological order. It would be odd to undo that later, especially considering how many other good albums there are later on to choose from. Still, Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus do definitely come to mind as books Hergé intended to combine together. The other options that are directly sequels (other than finishing up with Red Rackham’s Treasure) to each other would be the moon books, the prisoners of the sun books (which we have been lead to believe are not the chosen books) and…well, perhaps you could combine The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet…(for the third one) with the Blue Lotus part being a flashback. I’m curious-what are your thoughts?
By the way, Anthony Horowitz has tweeted that he will be in New Zealand in November, and this matches the time frame that Spielberg gave for when they hope to shoot the motion capture. So even if we don’t get to see the next movie for a long time…at least we should be able to really follow its creation fairly soon.
I thought about maybe writing an article on Easter Eggs in the Tintin movie. But there’s no need. Archibald has already done an extremely thorough job. So please, while we wait for new of the next Tintin movie, please do read this and appreciate the last one a little bit more.
Also, we are on the lookout for two unknowns: what is the exact panel that the Tintin portrait Hergé paints at the beginning comes from, and why is Portsmouth in the opening credits? Did Tintin go there, or did someone in the cast or crew work there or come from there?
Well, I’ll spare you the annual gag Tintinologists hear every January that he’s “still looking as young as ever.”
Here is one of the Tintin magazine covers celebrating Tintin’s birthday (though I think this is the birthday of Tintin magazine). But still, it is an incredible feat: that a comic character has stayed around for 84 years, and is still extremely popular around the world. A decade older than even Superman or Batman, he stands alone as an entirely different character, in a different world of comics that young and old love to dive into.
And I would be remiss without mentioning that 84 years later, Tintin still has some popular sites and blogs about him on the internet, which people continue to read and follow. I shout out a very loud thank you to all of you readers, but especially to the many of you who have kept up with this site for years.
Sadly, we cannot really give Tintin much of a present for his birthday, but I have an idea which may allow us to celebrate some of what Tintin has left us. Over the next week or so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture and brief description of something related to Tintin that you really enjoy, and for those of you who are collectors, it would be really cool to see pictures of some old or unique Tintin item you may have. Whether it be a special album, or just something Moulinsart has sold (expensive or…well, I was going to say inexpensive, but it may be better to say “less” expensive). It may even be a home made craft or even a cake. If you prefer, I will not share your name, or you can go under a different identity. The point is just to celebrate Tintin’s birthday while having fun seeing what different people have collected, or made, that is Tintin related over the years. After I have given others a chance to send me their pictures, I will finally show some of what I have. It isn’t a fantastic collection, but it has several things I find special. I was especially blessed to receive quite a lot of nice Tintin items this Christmas, and I am sure those who gave them to me would love to see them posted here.
Please, big or small, feel free to send me a picture of anything Tintin. And hopefully, perhaps even next month, we will have some new news about the script for Tintin 2.
I love it when news gets strange.
Apparently Arvand Dashtarai, a play-write from Tehran, has announced he is going to perform a play based of “The Adventures in Tintin.” The story will be original, called “Tintin and the Secret of Moundas Castle.”
Iranian dramaturge and dramatist Mohammad Charmshir has written the play based on “The Adventures of Tintin” collection written by the Belgian artist Georges Remi — Herge.
“I was interested in the Tintin books since I was a little boy. All of his adventures and curiosity have had a great influence on me, and I wanted to pay my debt of gratitude to Herge,” Dashtarai said in an interview.
I have no idea how the rights of this are being handled…or what Moulinsart thinks about this.
What do you think? Can this happen with (or without) Moulinsart’s approval? Does anybody want to see it?
With the new release of The Hobbit, of course Jackson was bound for some interviews on what was to become of his future projects, and Tintin 2 thankfully came up.
Peter Jackson has a ton of work to do with his movies, and has told us that he would rather stay on one movie at a time. Nevertheless, he said he was planning on talking with Anthony Horowitz more soon and shooting in 2013, with the hope of finally releasing the movie sometime in 2015.
This isn’t HUGE news, and 2015 is still far away, but it does let us know that plans to make the movie (which we’ve known for over a year were being formed) are finally taking shape. And, hopefully, we will soon have more interesting news, interviews, casting, (a title!), etc. Stay tuned fans! I haven’t been dead. Just waiting…:-)
- The Adventures of Tintin:
- Secret of the Unicorn
- (October 2011)
- Cast & Crew
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Writer: Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
- Tintin: Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Hallam Foe, Defiance)
- Captain Haddock: Andy Serkis
- Red Rackham: Daniel Craig
- Thompson Twins: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost
- Other Cast: Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones as Aristides Silk, Gad Elmaleh as Omar Ben Salaad
- Tintin (20??)
A second Tintin movie is planned. Almost certainly based on "Prisoners of the Sun" and scripted by Anthony Horowitz.
- Director: Peter Jackson
Currently in post-production. The story is based on parts of The Crab with the Golden Claws and most of The Secret of the Unicorn.
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