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Anthony Horowitz has finished the script for Tintin 2.

There’s still no word on what’s actually in it, but Horowitz has finished the script for Tintin 2. It’s good news, but hardly big news. In fact, to paraphrase Horowitz’s remark in his recent interview with Daily Mail, he basically just said “Oh, by the way, I’ve finished Tintin.”

Antony, 58, in his flat in Clerkenwell, central London

What I find much more interesting is what he has to say about Tintin:

I’ve lived here with my wife Jill and our sons Nicholas and Cassian for eight years, and my den, perched high over the city, gives me a panoramic view of London which inspires me. But I was initially inspired to write by Tintin. I’ve got all the books, and I particularly love this Tintin rocket, which I picked up from a shop in Covent Garden, as it’s so iconic. It’s a constant reminder of my childhood hero. Incidentally, I’ve just finished writing the new Tintin film  for Steven Spielberg.

 

Personally, I loved the Alex Rider series (which is about a boy spy) and The House of Silk, a new Sherlock Holmes novel. Essentially, if you were to blend Alex and Sherlock together, you’d wind up with something quite like Tintin. So when I found out Horowitz was chosen to write the script, I thought “Oh, the choice makes perfect sense.”

But knowing Tintin has inspired Horowitz from an early age is refreshing, and reminds me of what Peter Jackson has said of his own childhood. Clearly these men hold Hergé’s characters and adventures with the utmost respect: Tintin helped make them who they are today. I look forward to knowing more details, but no matter what happens I am confident in the team making this film. While The Secret of the Unicorn is a tough act to follow, I think Tintin 2 has the potential to surpass it.

It remains to be seen how involved Spielberg is with this project. The plan as we know it is for Spielberg to produce and Jackson to direct. I don’t think we should read anything into what Horowitz said that would imply things have changed.

By the way, Horowitz, I’ve always wanted one of those fancy rockets.  I don’t know what I’m more likely to live to see first: the day Tintin 2 hits theaters, or the day one of those rockets goes on sale. Ah, a guy can dream…

Source: Daily Mail

Could a New Tintin Album Happen in the Near Future?

Back in October, we received news that Moulinsart is planning to release a brand new adventure to stop all things Tintin from going into the public domain. But since that won’t happen until 2052, the news seemed quite premature. As controversial as the idea might be, the real debate will more likely be had by our children, or even our grandchildren.

But after a recent debate at Angouleme, it seems Nick Rodwell and friends might not think it’s a bad idea to make another Tintin album as soon as possible. In an interesting article on the subject, Bleeding Cool wraps up their news on the subject with this paragraph:

They seem to be preparing the way for a collection of lot of different creators doing their take on Tintin, along the model of Dupuis’ “Spirou by” series. And this kind of event is the first step along that path. Others brought into doubt that Herge did, indeed, request no more Tintin after his death. And others that the issue comes down to how you can separate Tintin work by Herge and work by future creators sufficiently, so that there is no “volume 25″. A well as Asterix, the example of Blake & Mortimer being successfully revived after the author’s death to critical acclaim was mentioned. And Rodell mentioned that the topic comes up constantly at home with his wife.

The debate itself, held in French, also hosted Benoit Mouchart (the editorial director of Casterman) and Renaud Montini, an intellectual property lawyer. I have a decent level of French, but the video is over an hour long, and I’m not sure if the French Youtube captions even match. I haven’t tried to watch it, but if any French speakers out there would like to (Thierry?), be my guest. Perhaps you could shed some light on any other details Bleeding Cool didn’t mention.

My understanding is that despite all this talk, much of it may just be talk. Without the permission of Hergé’s widow, I don’t think these plans will come to anything. But if she ever changes her mind, it’s feasible we could see new Tintin adventures on the shelves quite soon.

I’m not sure how I feel about this. It is one thing to transfer Tintin from the page to the screen, and even in Hergé’s day this was done with a fair amount of artistic license. It’s another thing to continue the original adventures in their original medium, some fifty years after the originals ended. Even if Hergé had wanted the strip to be be continued after his death, I’m not convinced this would be a good idea now.

There’s a huge difference between continuing a strip like Asterix and continuing Tintin. For one thing, one of the most interesting things about Tintin is how he took readers all around the world, dealing with current events as he went. From a literary perspective, Hergé practically summed up all of the 20th century into just under 25 albums. The strip itself is timeless, but it was heavily influenced by what was going on at the moment.

Give me your input, fans. If new Tintin albums do come out, would you like to see them set in the present day, having Tintin deal with the internet, the European Union, or even the wars going on in the Middle East today? Would you like to first see what Tintin was doing in the rest of the 80′s and the 90′s? Or would you rather that we lose that connection with Tintin living in our present day, and instead have more adventures set in some hard-to-pin-down time frame between the fifties and eighties?

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More on Madrid’s Tintin Store

Back on Tintin’s birthday I posted about a new store selling Tintin merchandise in Madrid. As it turns out I was able to visit the store that same day, but I haven’t gotten around to posting about it until now.

First of all, I apologize for what was a bit of false advertising on my part. The store is not really a “Tintin Shop” like the ones in Brussels or London. It’s not part of the “Boutique Tintin” chain. It is apparently officially licensed to sell Tintin stuff, but differs from those other stores on a number of points. For one thing, it is much smaller-(even the Tintin Shops aren’t that big, but this could have fit in my bedroom). What surprised me most (and what none of the newspaper articles I read mentioned) was that it does not sell Tintin items exclusively.

Small as it may be, the left side of the single room sells electronics, while the right side of the shop displays Tintin things. Honestly, there was a bit of a dichotomy between the expensive, classy merchandise and the tacky cell phone cases and computer parts. The store is run by a partnership of two friends (/family members?) who co-run the place. It didn’t help that the sudden burst of publicity had almost left the poor lady with nothing Tintin to sell, as fans had rushed in and bought everything they could grab. She still had a good amount of things on the shelves, but hardly a store full of them.

But after taking the time to go downtown and finding the store, I didn’t care about these “issues.” Besides, the Tintin merchandise there was was neatly arranged and ready for us to check it out. I came with a young friend of mine who is just discovering Tintin. It is fun to watch children begin to love Tintin, unaware of the “sophisticated” world of grown-ups that have turned him into their hobby.

The owner let me take some pictures of the clean part of the store, which was very nice, and both my friend and I bought some very tiny figurines, my friend’s of Tintin sitting with a bowl of butter tea from Tintin in Tibet. The owner told us a funny story about how she had traveled to Tibet and had gotten all excited that she would finally try butter tea, only to discover it was one of the most disgusting things she had ever drank.

I hope to come back again soon when they have more things in stock, but I also bought a cool “Explorers on the Moon” themed sticker book. That two part series is my favorite of all the books, so I have a thing for picking up merchandise from those stories. Though intended for children, I realized the book would make a great backdrop for some of my other figures, and for just four-fifty or something like that, the book was a steal.

 

By sheer coincidence, when I came downtown it was cheaper to park outside the city and take the metro downtown. And just streets away from where we parked is Tintin y Milu street, the only street I know of named after Tintin and Snowy (though I wouldn’t be surprised if Belgium has one somewhere). I had to stop and show it to my friend, who was excited about it.

 

It may be small, but I think the “Estrella Misteriosa” store downtown will turn out to be one of Madrid’s hidden treasures. I hope it stays in business through the tough financial times.

 

Tintin turns 85! And Madrid gets an official Tintin shop.

It is interesting to think that today, Tintin is ten years older than Hergé was at his death. Hergé’s son has not only outlived him, but grown a decade older than him.

I feel the urge to celebrate somehow. How should one celebrate Tintin turning quatre-vingt-cinq? Maybe I’ll bake a cake. I at least hope to pull out some albums, play my Tintin Mille Bornes, and rewatch the Tintin movie one more time.

But more than anything I would love to visit Madrid’s new Tintin shop, which Google tells me opened just this past week. I have now been to the official Tintin shops in Brussels and London, so when I found out one was in Madrid, I was ecstatic. I understand most of you English readers aren’t in Madrid, or even Spain, but in case you ever drop by, this is their website: http://www.laestrellamisteriosa.com/mapa.html (not much at the moment, but they are still pretty new).

The shop is interestingly called “La Estrella Misteriosa” (literally, “The Mysterious Star,” which is actually the literal translation of what we know as “The Shooting Star” in English). I assume they chose not to call their store “The Tintin Shop” or something similar to avoid conflict with the other shop in Barcelona, which I have not been to. However, this one, if I cannot visit today, I will soon.

What about you, Tintinophiles? Doing anything special for Tintin’s birthday? As always, feel free to leave a comment. We’re happy to hear from you.

Source: El Mundo

 

 

 

 

Tintin 2 (probably) set for 2016

One of the annoying things about posting Tintin 2 details is that, honestly, there aren’t many details. It’s hard to be dogmatic on when and what will happen exactly, and even the occasional pieces of “news” force me to be vague. The truth about Tintin 2 is that it’s still pretty far away.

But at least now Peter Jackson’s given us a short interview on why that is, though we all knew the answer already: the Hobbit has simply taken up most of his time and energy. In a recent interview with Bad Taste, Jackson told us:

“As soon as I’m free of ‘The Hobbit,’ I’ll be going back into doing ‘Tintin.’ It was held up by The Hobbit, but we have every intention of doing another Tintin movie and it’s just waiting on me to be done with these ‘Hobbit’ movies.”

You can see the whole video here:

 

IMDB now currently has a release date for December 16th, 2016. I’m not sure where that info came from.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037226/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt

 

So…it looks like the movie will come out almost exactly 2 years from now. We had hoped for better, but at least the project is still on the table, and Jackson seems excited about getting involved with the project, once he finishes with those “pesky Hobbit movies.” Actually, I thought the first Hobbit movie was absolutely fantastic and am seriously looking forward to seeing the other two movies when they come out. It’ll be a good way to pass the time until Tintin 2.

2016 isn’t so bad. Instead we could have been waiting until…oh,I don’t know, say, 2052…

Sources: http://www.slashfilm.com/peter-jackson-says-hell-still-make-that-tintin-sequel-after-the-hobbit/

 

 

http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/peter-jackson-adventures-of-tintin-sequel-still-coming-after-hobbit/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1037226/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt

 

Thanks Alex for sharing this info.

 

New Tintin Album for 2052????

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.

Sources:http://www.lesoir.be/344210/article/culture/livres/2013-10-21/un-sponsor-pour-musee-herge-et-un-nouvel-album-pour-tintin

Anybody going to the book signing?

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.

“Hergé and the Treasures of Tintin” new book coming out soon.

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:

Address: 34 Floral St, London, Greater London WC2E 9DJ, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7836 1131
Hours:
Monday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 12:00–4:00 pm
I’ll finish with a few pictures of the shop itself. I especially thought these were interesting to see side by side:

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.

 

 

Back to Prisoners of the Sun?

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.

Source: http://www.latinospost.com/articles/17737/20130428/star-wars-episode-7-news-update-will-j-abrams-keep.htm

Tintin available for iPad

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:

https://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/les-aventures-de-tintin/id451113313?l=fr&ls=1&mt=8

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