Show Me The Money
After several weeks of uncertainty it seems the Spielberg and Jackson have found financing from a joint venture between Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures. Paramount will be handling the films in the English speaking world whilst Sony deals with what some American web sites refer to as the “foreign” distribution. Given that Tintin is a Belgium comic, written in French and translated into 30+ languages, I think Sony gets the better part of the deal.
Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd
The Sony/ Paramount deal has raised some questions. Initial reports from the New York Time suggested that the deal only included two films, not the planned trilogy. There has been no official announcement and the reporter behind the NYT story has a reputation of inaccuracy according to some movie blogs. A two film deal makes sense as the idea that the third film would be jointly directed by Jackson and Spielberg always seemed odd.
However most informed coverage of this story insists it will be three films and three films makes sense. A lot of the cost of these films is in the license and the set up for the special effects. Spreading these costs across three films makes financial sense.
Will The Real Tintin Please Stand Up
Though never officially announced as Tintin, Thomas Sangster appears to have pulled out of the project. It seems that the films new shooting schedule falling back to 2009 / 2010, means that Thomas can no longer fit it in.
Variety Magazine has stated that Thomas Sangster will not be playing Tintin. Sangster was widely rumoured to have been cast but it was never formally announced. The source of the problem seems to be the delays caused by Dreamwork’s split from Paramount and subsequent funding difficulties. This news appears in passing in a report by columnist Anne Thompson but no sources are given and no one else is reporting this.
More positively, Dreamworks has a distribution deal with Universal in place and Paramount are still keen to fund the films if Spielberg and Jackson cut there fees.
Source: Films up in the air after studios split, DreamWorks/Universal Union Disruptive?
There is still a lot of rumor flying around about whether the Tintin movies will get made. As we reported earlier (Tintin Movie in Financial Quagmire) Dreamworks is splitting from Paramount. As Tintin was a joint Universal and Paramount production it was assumed that Universal would pick up the film. However it seems that Universal are not keen on the $130 million price tag or the 30% gross Spielberg and Jackson are demanding.
With a reported $30 million already spent on scripts and pre-production costs, and two of the biggest names in the business wanting to direct, it seems likely that the films will get made. This may just be a negation technique from Universal to get the directorial duo to cut their fees.
Source: Universal Pictures pulls plug on ‘Tintin’
Simon Pegg, one of Britain’s leading comedy actors, has a big puff piece in the Sunday Times including an anecdote about meeting Spielberg.
…when he gets a call saying Steven Spielberg would like to meet him.
So he trots over to the motion-capture set for the ET director’s latest project – the first in a trilogy of Tintin movies. Motion-capture sets are bizarre, empty places. The event has been shot and is held in a computerised camera, which allows the director to swoop around the scene. As a result, there is only a computer guy and Spielberg sitting there.
“Steven’s smoking a stogy, cap on head, like he’s always been since I was a baby,” Pegg says, shaking his head in wonder. “I shook his hand and chatted about films. He gave me the mo-cap [motion-capture] camera, and I had a play around with it. Then he said, ‘Hey, maybe you and Nick Frost could play the Thompson Twins.’ In Tintin. A Spielberg movie. To work with him is beyond .. . ” He trails off, lost for words.
Source: Simon Pegg: He’s Mr Popular
The Tintin Trilogy is being made by Dreamworks, Spielberg’s production company, which is owned by Viacom via its subsidiary Paramount. However Spielberg is in the process of buying back Dreamworks from Viacom for $1.2 billion USD and there is uncertainty over projects that currently in production. Will those joint Paramount/Dreamwork’s productions be able to continue or will they go on hold until Spielberg and Viacom have decided who owns what?
Source: Viacom Boss Dauman Looking Forward To Losing Dreamworks
It appears that when Moffat Walked Away From Tintin, he in fact didn’t. Not too surprisingly the Daily Mail over egged the story and in reality, the US Writer’s strike stopped him writing the second script.
BBC News: Dr Who writer denies Tintin row and
Moffat promises new Who monsters
To be filed under groundless speculation.
The Daily Record (a Scottish newspaper) believes that Scotland will feature big in the Tintin movies because The Black Island, which is set in Scotland, could be one of the films. There is no evidence that the Black Island is going to be one of the films, but it could be.
New Dr Who chief’s Tintin film in line for Scots setting
In other news:
Marketsaw is reporting that all three Tintin films will be shot back to back with Jackson & Spielberg directing the last one together.: Spielberg Reveals He And Jackson Will Probably Co-Direct Third “Tintin”: Shot Back To Back To Back !
Thomas Sangster who has been heavily rumoured to be playing Tintin in the movie still hasn’t been confirmed in that role. In the meantime he will be off to South Africa to film “Master Harold… and the Boys” with Danny Glover. Shooting will start in July and shooting for Tintin is scheduled to start in September.
This might all dovetail nicely for Thomas, allowing him to finish in South Africa and fly straight to New Zealand to start on the Tintin Movie. Or it may mean that Sangster will be unavailable for Tintin. Until Spielberg and Jackson confirm the cast, we can only speculate.
Source: Danny Glover returns to ‘Boys’