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Looks like Spielberg's TINTIN flick is that much closer to happening...

Published at: June 14, 2004, 4:47 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Below you'll find out some cool info about some roadblocks being moved out of the way of Spielberg's TINTIN film... I claim total ignorance of this series of books, but from I've read online about it it seems right up Spielberg's alley... As long as he still does WAR OF THE WORLDS, count me happy!

Hi Harry!

Long time reader blah blah blah...

Thought you might be interested in knowing that Hergé's widow, Fanny Rodwell - who is currently visiting Stockholm, Sweden - told swedish reporters that she has read and approved a first draft for the Tintin movie that Spielberg is directing. This was reported in several newspapers yesterday. Fanny Rodwell and her husband Nick Rodwell are, as most Tintin fans already know, responsible for the Hergé Foundation - who get final say on all things Tintin. Spielberg has now gotten the green light from the Foundation to go ahead with the movies. She didn't say which album he's doing though, but going from rumours, it's probably "Unicorn..." and "Red Rackham..."

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  • June 14, 2004, 4:48 a.m. CST

    Rin Tin Tin?

    by halcyonseven

  • June 14, 2004, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Rin Tin TIn

    by halcyonseven

    About damn time. Vin Diesel can finally get the role he has been working towards! Rin Tin Tin: The Movie!

  • June 14, 2004, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Tintin is Indianna Jones's grandfather

    by kuifje

    Indianna jones was partly inspired by the movie L'homme de Rio (by philip Broca who also directed the first tintin live-action movie) which in turn was based on the tintin album 'the broken ear' Spielberg says he saw this film a dozen times during the preparation of Indiana Jones

  • June 14, 2004, 5:35 a.m. CST

    herge

    by kuifje

    Herge,said in 1980 "only Spielberg could film Tintin in a convincing way" and for all the ignorant american kids out there (i mean... Rintintin?!?!?), Tintin is only one of the biggest comics classics of all times,translated into 58 languages, and more then 200 million albums sold worldwide

  • June 14, 2004, 5:36 a.m. CST

    Is it just me, or is a movie called Tin Tin going to be a tough

    by DomisInnerChild

    America hates foreign stuff. It's a silly kiddie sounding name (see the Rin Tin Tin comments above). It's too old to be kind of mainstream cool. If it's Indiana Jones-like... why not just make Indiana Jones 5: The Geritol Gang?

  • June 14, 2004, 5:45 a.m. CST

    It's just you, you fucking retard.

    by Cash Bailey

    TINTIN comics have been translated in every fucking language and have been selling hundreds of millions of books for over seventy fucking years.

  • June 14, 2004, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Lol, Cash, I'm thinking you aren't in the best of moods

    by The Mothman

    As evidenced by the recurrence of the word 'fuck' in your response. With regard to Tintin, I can hardly remember much from when I saw it as a kid, but what I do remember (something about seven crystals?) was damn good. Fingers crossed Big Steve can conjure the magic once more.

  • June 14, 2004, 7:56 a.m. CST

    hook, anyone?

    by Big_Kahuna

  • June 14, 2004, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Read the damn comics!!!

    by karely2k4

    These books are still selling one album a minute for seventy years long and still counting.... So quit fucking around and read the freakin' best comic ever produced. Btw, it's from Belgium, can anything bad come from Belgium: We invented FRENCH 'not' fries and produce the most kinds of beer than everywhere in the world. Fuck you suckers.

  • June 14, 2004, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Yay

    by Mrs Danvers

    On the surface an excellent choice to realize these brilliantly visual comics. Tintin is like a cross between Indy and Harry Potter, kind of junior thrills with a Euro-sensibility, gentle, character-based humour and rollicking mid-20th century adventures. The characters are highly specific visually and temperamentally and this is where Speilberg risks running on to rocks. He's failed (twice) with Peter Pan (I'm talking Twlight Zone story 2 and Robin Williams) and could tip into unfunny histrionics with Captain Haddock and the Thomson twins. But hey the action will be delicious!

  • June 14, 2004, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Spielberg ...

    by Thing-Fish

    Spielberg ... Hmm, Spielberg, I've heard that name before ... Wait, wasn't that the guy who originally wanted to film Harry Potter, change the setting to America, with Haley Joel Osment as Harry? That guy, that's the guy who'll do Tintin? Here's to hoping that Herge's widow has the taste to disagreeing if he tries to pull that stunt on Tintin. Or is that story untrue? Anyway I really like the unicorn/Rachham story, and a movie (better yet: two movies, as they are two comics) based on them should be great if executed well. _________ Responding to karely2k4, I'd have to agree with him/her: Belgian beers are so vastly superior to other beers it's mindboggling. Actually, the same goes for Belgian fries.

  • June 14, 2004, 8:06 p.m. CST

    will the great mid-90's TV adaptation be released on DVD?

    by beamish13

    Or better yet, the full-length films from the 60's?

  • June 14, 2004, 10:12 p.m. CST

    wtf is "tintin"?

    by mikep

    some gay-ass comic? or?

  • June 14, 2004, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I remember watching the cartoons on a local tv show in the Chica

    by Moonwatcher

    and I also had two of his adventures in large format hard-bound comics. Wish I had had the foresight to have kept those - might be worth some bucks today. I remember the animation being well done, and the stories were adventures that every kid could conceivably dream of - definitely an inspiration for Indy. It could be fun to see Spielberg return to his action/adventure/tongue firmly in cheek roots.

  • June 14, 2004, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Rin Tin Tin on imdb.com

    by JAGUART

    Lee Duncan and Rin Tin Tin attended an LA dog show, with 'Rinty' performing for the crowd by jumping 13

  • June 14, 2004, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Addendum to Rin Tin Tin bio, some interesting trivia

    by JAGUART

    Personal Quote: "Charity is taking an ugly bitch to lunch." Rin Tin Tin lived on famed "Bad Boy Drive" a.k.a. Muholland Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. Nicknamed so because its famed residents are bad boy actors Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty. He was known for his meticulous detail and precision when preparing characters, this was often to the chagrin of the actors and filmmakers he was working with. He was also a notorious boozer and womanizer, who often slept with his female co-stars. In 1926, Rin Tin Tin filed a harassment suit against Fay Wray claiming she threatened him repeatedly after a terminated affair. He was reportedly so mean, he once bit a man just for snoring. He is allergic to oysters.

  • June 15, 2004, 12:32 a.m. CST

    re: what is Tintin?

    by beamish13

    I hope you were joking, young man. Tintin is the most famous comic book creation in history. and calling something "gay" tells the rest of the world that you're an immature twat and a hick.

  • June 15, 2004, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Ummm... I hate to be all nit-picky...

    by halcyonseven

    but if its the "most famous" comic ever then shouldn't more people have heard of it than say, Superman or Spiderman or Batman? I have heard of Tintin but I doubt it has that kind of common knowledge today. Man some of you guys can be real dicks to people who ask questions. Why all the anger? Sand in your vagina?

  • June 15, 2004, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Tintin

    by greenleaf

    Let's just say it's the most famous "European comic" (since English lacks a word for this kind of art that has very little to do with American comic books such as Superman). I fear the result, but I'm curious.

  • June 15, 2004, 2:11 a.m. CST

    O......K?

    by one9deuce

    I did a search on Tintin, and I'm sorry to all the die-hard fans here, but it looks sort of ridiculous. Please Steven Spielberg, I beg you to use your other-worldly directing talents on something besides this! Leave this train-wreck waiting to happen to some other misfortunate producer and director.

  • June 15, 2004, 2:39 a.m. CST

    If this is true, INDY 4 must be dead in the water.

    by Mosquito March

    Why else would Spielberg want to start another Indy-like franchise?

  • June 15, 2004, 3:25 a.m. CST

    by kuifje

    one9deuce"I did a search on Tintin,..., but it looks sort of ridiculous." doing a search on spiderman(and finding some guy in a suit playing tarzan fron skyscrapers?!) would lead me to the same conclusion. only reading the books will give you the right to judge.

  • June 15, 2004, 3:28 a.m. CST

    halcyonseven

    by kuifje

    "I doubt it has that kind of common knowledge today." maybe not for americans but it has for the rest of the world

  • June 15, 2004, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Well then...

    by halcyonseven

    Good for it, I guess I am just an uncool american. Sorry. Do you really think its the most popular comic book in Japan? And in Africa? and South America? I am not doubting you... well, maybe I am... but I have traveled extensivly (although not as much in Europe, I will admit) and have seen neither hide nor hair of this Tintin. I have looked at the website and I think it has a cool look to it. So I dunno. I am going to Europe on Wed. and I will look for it.

  • June 15, 2004, 3:54 a.m. CST

    And Greenleaf?

    by halcyonseven

    It is a comic book. Thats the English word for it. I don't know if you consider this some kind of "higher" art form or something but the OFFICIAL website calls it a comic book. In case you don't read "American Comics" there is an amazing amount of fantastic art that does not deserve to be dumped on just because american. Including Superman.

  • June 15, 2004, 4:18 a.m. CST

    Dogs...

    by Mrs Danvers

    Thanks (above) for the hilarious history of Rin Tin Tin --funny only because it has zilch to do with the subject! Tintin is a red-headed cub reporter with a small white poodle-ish dog called Snowy who thinks in words but only speaks in "WOAH, WOAH!" Tintin has a number one cut all over with a forelock, wears an Ivy League/Brideshead jumper and plus-four golf pants with long socks and shiny shoes. He has no girlfriend. He lives with a bearded ex sea-captain in a countryside manor and as he solves the crimes that take him (and his poodle) round the world he remains permanently one step ahead of two bowler-hatted English detectives who are identical in every way except the spelling of their names: Thompson and Thomson. No one has any sex but maybe these two do. The comics were fantastic large-format adventures for boys of under 10. Would someone who'd never seen them think they were 'gay'? Fuck yeah. They're as daggy/naff/nerdy as anything ever written. But the drawings were fucking brilliant and so were the stories. I was worried about how Speilberg would handle the casting... But how the hell is he going to do the dog??? If it's anything like that fucking teddybear in AI watch out!

  • June 15, 2004, 4:21 a.m. CST

    And another thing!

    by Mrs Danvers

    Who could ever take Indy 4 seriously when as long ago as The Fugitive, Harrison was running like an old man. A sort of hobbling, limping lope. Tendons of chalk. Extreme pain writ large on face. The Indy role had done its damage. And ya can't have Indy without Harro.

  • June 15, 2004, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Fanny Rodwell? :D

    by hollycrumpets

    Fanny Rodwell, with a name like that she's gotta be the love interest in Austin Powers 4. That's such a good porn name, I might just use it!

  • June 15, 2004, 9:09 a.m. CST

    My first tin tin was when they went to the moon. All the rest we

    by TheGinger Twit

  • June 15, 2004, 9:11 a.m. CST

    So is indy being pushed back further? I can see it now, Short ro

    by TheGinger Twit

  • June 15, 2004, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The Wilson Bros for Thomson & Thompson!

    by Charlie & Tex

    Surely the logical choice - they look identical, they are related and they'll work for practically sod all!

  • June 15, 2004, 1:35 p.m. CST

    "SHIVER ME TIMBERS TIN-TIN"

    by FLETCHWON

    Simon Pegg for the title role....and maybe fred ward as CAPTAIN HADDOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 15, 2004, 3:12 p.m. CST

    To all the detractors...

    by pen and paper

    one9deuce. You did a search? Gee, that'll give you the info. Actually go to the fucking library, and READ. Whoopi Goldberg encourages it. Or would you rather have Speilberg do another project with Tom Hanks. Yeah, I'm sure Catch Me if You Can was a real use of Speilberg's skills. And for Tintin fans out there, Herge's last, unfinished, Tintin story, "Tintin and the Pop Art" has been translated in English and is being published in the UK, so amazon UK might have it.

  • June 15, 2004, 4:14 p.m. CST

    actually, TINTIN is the most popular comic book in South America

    by beamish13

    and it has been in print in Japan for years. I remember reading TINTIN all the time when I was growing up in Suriname (reading the Dutch translations).

  • June 15, 2004, 4:55 p.m. CST

    The racism toward others on this astounding on this site

    by halcyonseven

    Thank you Wolf at the Door for showing your true racist colors with your comment, "was just a little naive, like maybe from the midwest or something." Obviously, according to you, all midwesterners are dumb and naive. Thats cute. Just like all black people are lazy and on welfare. Or that chinese people have slinty eyes and work in laundries. Thats some good work there buddy. You keep that ignorance level high and then you can continue to feel good about yourself. I suppose since I am actually from San Fransisco I must be a "fag" to you then if I follow your sick logic. I guess I also shouldn't assume a high class person of your sort can read since you say I said, "now i realise he's just a troll. "travelled europe", and not heard of tintin, huh?" If you re-read the post, assuming you can understand the english, you will see I said, and I quote now from my post: "I have travelled extensivly, (although not as much in Europe I will admit.)" I guess you must have glossed over that. I have travelled in Germany, Greece and Bulgaria, and am in fact going to Bulgaria tomorrow morning to see my wife who is in the military and currently stationed in Kosovo, and then on to Pragueto conduct some business. But I have yet to go into a comic shop in Europe. So of the 4 continents I have spent time on, yes, its true I have not run across any Tintin. And that makes me a "troll". Grow up buddy and learn to think before you judge and perpectuate stereotypes. By the way where are you from Wolf at the Door? So I can make some spot judgements about you by reading 25 words you wrote on a website?

  • June 15, 2004, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Good thing I can laugh at myself...

    by halcyonseven

    Cause I just read the subject line I typed in and it looks like Dyslexia strikes again! Lol. Kinda takes the impact out of the statement huh? lol

  • June 15, 2004, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Finally!

    by DocPazuzu

    Although an American (mostly, anyway) I grew up with Tintin. He's as much a part of the pop-cultural fabric of my life as Star Wars and LOTR. And I would be VERY suprised if it turned out that Tintin isn't the most widely read and universally loved comic in the world. My only hope is that Spielberg is wise enough to retain the decidedly European flavor of the characters, art and stories. Not to be a nitpicker, but there actually IS a physical difference between Thomson and Thompson. The mustasche of one of them has slightly upturned ends. And Beamish13 -- the old Tintin movies are available on DVD in R2 (as are all the animated films). One final note -- yes Simon Pegg would make a good Tintin (in appearance, anyway) but the best choice would be Jude Law. Law IS Tintin!

  • June 15, 2004, 5:53 p.m. CST

    halcyonseven

    by Mosquito March

    I understand your ire regarding what the guy said about Midwesterners being "naive", and that you were trying to draw a correlation, but the stereotypes you just posted are pretty negative, whatever your reasoning, and they wouldn't be there if you didn't put them there.

  • June 15, 2004, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Nincompoops....Scallywags.....Crustaceans....Billabongs......Lyc

    by TedSallis

    Captain Haddock is my hero! Can't you tell.

  • June 15, 2004, 10:32 p.m. CST

    feathers flying in the henhouse

    by amadan

    i love the way the posts on this site always degenerate from chatting about the subject to mudslinging competitions-check the outlines on the welcome sign, then take your 'opinions' somewhere else and let the rest of us talk about movies

  • June 15, 2004, 10:41 p.m. CST

    HADDOCK Vs. PREDATOR

    by FLETCHWON

    Who'd win in a fight between 'Captain Haddock' and 'Captain Birdseye'?? (Not sure if you guys outside Britain have had the 'pleasure' of Captain Birdseye he sold Fishfingers and other seafood delights on tv adverts...he also had a boat full of children!...and i bet he smelled like tuna!)

  • June 15, 2004, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Ooohhh..

    by halcyonseven

    Wolf at the Doof sure showed me. Yup. You really put me in place with your insensative and yes, essentially racist remarks. I do know what racism is and you have shown not only your ignorance but your lack of creativity. You started insuslting me after I made a comment. I hope you feel like a big man. I am sure everyone here thinks you are the man now for your "keen" observations. You are really what is wrong with this world with your stereotyping.

  • June 16, 2004, 12:26 a.m. CST

    by amadan

    hmmm...i think the old capt. birdseye would get his ass handed to him by capt.haddock-but the NEW capt. birdeye;what with his lean physique, designer stubble, youthful good looks-and did you see that nuclear submarine he was flying about in?!

  • June 16, 2004, 1:04 a.m. CST

    HOKANNA MATUSU!!!

    by slone13

    Great blue blistering barnacles!!!!

  • June 16, 2004, 2:17 a.m. CST

    10:10

    by tommyterror

    Tintin is like Mickey Mouse in Europe. Nickelodeon used to have the animated adventures of Tintin on in the... 90s I think. Until then, you had to go to specialty bookstores or the library to read Tintin - my fave comic as a kid, still got 'em all, even got a Tintin tattoo. He's pretty hot, pretty gay - lives with a beefy older man. Has never remotely had a girlfriend. In fact, the only female character in the series is an overweight opera singer who makes everyone shudder. The books are just really fantastic - exotic locations, interesting cultures, great characters. I'm excited to see this, of course, but am pretty damn skeptical about how they'll turn it out. I just don't see it translating to film. The 70s film looks ridiculous. Comic Art in Europe is a totally different beast that the US. It's revered like fine literature by the population. Whereas here its still a pretty marginalized community consisting primarily of kids, junk food addicts, goths, and fantasy d&d types.

  • June 16, 2004, 2:26 a.m. CST

    $10.10

    by tommyterror

    Oh yea, and if he DOES make this film... my Tintin pixi metal figures will go THROUGH THE ROOF! They're about 100-200 bucks each, limited editions of 500-1000, but still most figures haven't sold out and it's difficult to resell on Ebay. Also the coolest toy cars with Tintin characters from scenes in the series. They're about $50 each, limited editions too, over 20 toy cars so far. Buy up.

  • June 16, 2004, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Wolf at the Door you're sexy...

    by Mrs Danvers

    Now stop all that puerile fighting between with Halcyon7 and get with the program: ideal Tintin cast if you could have any actor dead or alive. Howbout James Robertson Justice for Captain Haddock, Rowan Atkinson as both Thomson and Thompson, a white Airedale as Snowy, Clifton Webb as Professor Calculus, yes maybe Orlando Bloom as TIntin, and Tom Green as Mme Castafiore (that WAS Tom Green playing the nurse in Zoolander wasn't it?)

  • June 16, 2004, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Casting Tintin

    by SmartySmart

    When I saw High Fidelity, I thought the record store clerk (not Jack Black) would make a perfect Tintin. Please, please, please no Jude Law/Collin Ferrell/Orlando Bloom pretty boy types!