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Three Tintin Books to Become Movies
According to Variety, three books have been selected as the basis of the Tintin movies. But which three? The books were mostly written and set in the 1930’s to 1950’s and not many of them will update. Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon seem pointless 40 years after Neil Armstrong first walked there. Many of the books have social or cultural aspects that are not popular nowadays such as The Blue Lotus which is heavily anti-Japanese and the Crab with the Golden Claws is about oil and the middle east. Other books just won’t work as popular films, e.g. The Castafiore Emerald in which nothing happens.
Here is my guesses at the three Tintin movies
- King Ottokar’s Sceptre – Has espionage, puzzles and Borduria, a Nazi-like country next door
- The Calculus Affair – Has all the main characters, secret technology, kidnapping features Borduria & Syldavia from King Ottokar’s Sceptre
- Tintin in Tibet – Features a strong storyline, daring feats, lucky escapes, and a child. My money is on Speilberg directing this one
The Technology Behind the Tintin Movie
Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital is the Oscar winning digital effects studio created by Peter Jackson for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Based in New Zealand that have reportedly already created a 20 minute show reel of how the Tintin movie might look.
Dreamworks is Steven Spielberg’s animation and production company and is probably most famous for the Shrek films. Expect the Tintin movie to be as visual rich as Shrek but with far more of the photorealistic detail found in the Lord of the Rings films.
Kathleen Kennedy – Producer of the Tintin Movies
Kathleen Kennedy is a long time colleague of Steven Spielberg having been producer or executive producer on at least half his films since ET. She was Oscar nominated for her work on Munich, Seabiscuit, The Sixth Sense, The Color Purple and E.T.. She hasn’t worked on pure CGI films though War of the Worlds and other Spielberg films have featured large amounts of CGI. Whether her production skills will transfer into the purely virtual film making required by the Tintin movies will have to be seen.
Kathleen Kennedy on IMDB
Steven Spielberg: Director of a Tintin Movie
One of the greatest living film directors, probably the most successful ever, he has been behind more blockbusters than anyone else. His films, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones, ET, Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan have all had a huge impact on popular culture and set high standards in film making. On the downside he can be horribly smultzy with lovable small children and heavy handed moralizing. His track record of adaptations, e.g. Jaws, Schindler’s List, War of the Worlds and Minority Report, shows that he has an understanding of the sources though he is not afraid to pull the key aspects of the story out and rework everything around them. Whatever Spielberg’s Tintin movie comes out like, we can be assured of high production values and great sense of mainstream entertainment.
Full details of Spielberg (but not of the Tintin movies yet) on IMDB.
Peter Jackson -Director of one Tintin Movie
Jackson is a director with vision and the drive to get that vision on screen. Starting with Bad Taste, a low budget aliens-takening-over-a-small-town-and-eating-everyone horror film, Jackson has known what he wanted to get on the screen. His latest films, the oscar winning Lord of the Rings and the lavish, 3 hour remake of the King Kong show that he can sensitively handle his source materials which is good news for Tintin fans worried about the movie.
Full filmography on IMDB (though they don’t have anything about the Tintin movie yet): Peter Jackson
According to FilmStew.com:
..there will be no honey bunny for Tintin in the first of three motion capture animation films now being planned for 2009 release by the formidable tandem of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg.
This according to an anonymous Moulinsart estate company source quoted in London’s The Times newspaper. Says he or she: “I’m sure the accountants in Hollywood would love some of that in there, but they can’t do it. We have approval over that just to make sure they don’t totally ruin it . . . But there is room for some artistic license.”
All about the Tintin Movie
This site is all about the forthcoming three Tintin Movies, directed by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. We are going to cover the what’s happening behind the scenes, film industry buzz about the movies, casting news, trailers and thoughts on how the Tintin movie should look.
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