Tintin Movie: Spielberg, Jackson Directing And More Details!

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tintin Tintin Movie: Spielberg, Jackson Directing And More Details!The news of a photorealistic, CGI Tintin movie trilogy, to be directed by Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson and a third director to be named later (my guess, along with others, is Robert Zemeckis), isn’t new. But it’s still incredibly cool!

A writer has been named, who will likely end up writing all three films. Steven Moffat has the honor of putting pen to paper, so to speak, on this groundbreaking idea (c’mon, Spielberg and Jackson? Throw in Zemeckis, or even Lucas, and you have the granddaddy of all film trilogies!). Moffat has worked on Dr. Who, and has other credits in England.

Over the years Spielberg has been hesitant to move into digital cinematography for his films, though he once stated that if George Lucas (his long-time friend and producer on the Indiana Jones movies) asked him to shoot digital, he might consider it. So it came as a surprise to me that Spielberg would embrace the idea of motion capture technology (aka, performance capture or mo-cap), and that the movie would be done with digital, photorealistic effects via Jackson’s Weta.

The plan is to retain the look of creator Herge’s original Tintin designs. Jackson commented in a press release earlier this year:

“[W]e’re making them look photorealistic; the fibers of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people — but real Herge people!”

The films will be released in 3D, much like James Cameron’s Avatar and Zemeckis’ upcoming Beowulf (though the latter will be a limited 3D release).

A few things spring to mind… Jackson is working on The Lovely Bones right now, and Spielberg is in post-production on Indiana Jones 4, and is gearing up for his President Lincoln biopic with Liam Neeson as ol’ Honest Abe. According to reports, the Lincoln film will shoot very soon. With the potential Hollywood strikes to hit next July, both directors would have to shoot their respective films at least three months prior, at the same time.

Mo-cap movies take anywhere from 60-90 days to shoot, so we’ll see what happens. Spielberg regularly shoots three movies in a row (like The Lost World, Amistad and Saving Private Ryan), though he usually does it over a two year period. This would be about a year, including Indy 4, Lincoln and Tintin.

Suffice it to say, I’m pumped about this! I wasn’t the biggest Tintin fan as a kid (I was more into comic books and Transformers as a young lad), but I still dug the books!

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. Nice post. Actually there is a big difference between motion capture and performance capture. James Cameron felt it necessary to coin the phrase to describe these very differences:

    1. Cameron is able to see his performers live on his screen WITH the background and other CGI performers IN PLACE. Granted the quality is like a 1980′s video game, but it is there and bound to improve every year. This will drastically decrease shooting time as compared to motion capture.

    2. James Cameron / Vince Pace use a new system of capturing a performers emotions through facial expression. Very little is known about it, but it will eliminate the need for prosthetics.

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  2. I did not know that there was a Tin Tin book I only knew the cartoon series and it was nice.

    Now I am geting goos bums about the movie.

    It’s going to be amazing.

  3. I actually got to see the Pace/Camera camera at NAB 2007, and I was able to watch 3D footage shot with it.

    Seeing FX live has been done since at least 2000, when they’d hook up an old Canon XL1 to a computer and have a live display on the blue screen set of Spielberg’s AI to give everyone an idea of the FX, background, etc.

    I’m excited about this new technology and upcoming (in probably 2-3 years) 3D HDTVs.


  4. Movies like Tin Tin are greate for mo-cap, but movis like JLA should stick with live acion.

    I also think that Spieldberg is one of the most creative people in hollywood.

    I hope it will look more like Beowulf instead of the polar expres. As I heared that was mo-cap too.

  5. Yeah, I was aware of the rudimentary systems in place before for previewing backgrounds and such, but this is an integrated system with MOVING CGI characters – don’t forget that there will be SIX “sythespians” created for Avatar – completely CGIed. I’m talking about having those characters on screen and interacting with the live characters while they shoot in real time.

    I am also a huge believer in the upcoming industry and in particular the home video industry afterward. I recently obtained 3DHomeVideos.com, MotionPictures3D.com and 3Dvertise.com to back that up! :-)


  6. —STILL more cultural incest for our financially,
    morally and creatively bankrupt comfort zone.

    —What is it with these Boomers? –forget about ‘beyond’
    –they don’t EVEN go outside!–let alone inside!