Ever since I was a kid Tintin has been one of my favorite graphic novels. I was lucky enough to make it over to the Animation Museum in Belgium last year, where Tintin and his creator, Hergé, are both considered to be national treasures.
Well, apparently I'm a man of good tastes, because if you haven't heard, two Hollywood heavyweights are bringing my favorite cartoon reporter and his pals to the big screen. That's right: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are already working to bring Tintin fans the movie they've been waiting for, despite the WGA strike.
Hergé studios, who own the rights to Tintin, reported this week that Jackson would be warming the director's chair for the first of a planned trilogy of Tintin films to be released by Dreamworks. However, according to the guys over at Latino Review, both Peter Jackson and Spielberg's camps are stating that it will in fact be ol' Stevie boy who helms the first film, with Jackson producing. Petey J. will likely helm the sequel. No word yet on who would handle the third film, though thumb-war will likely be a deciding factor. (Kidding!)
The first installment will cover plot lines from the classic Tintin graphic novels "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure," which were written between 1942 and 1944. A script from Stephen Moffat (Doctor Who) is already done, and the movie will use motion-capture animation to bring Tintin and co. to life.
Eighteen year-old Thomas Sangster (Love Actually) is starring as Tintin, with Andy Serkis (the guy who played Gollum in LOTR) playing Tintin's loyal booze-hound buddy, Captain Haddock.
No word yet on exactly when Tintin will hit theaters, but we'll keep you posted.
Source: Latino Review