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Steven Spielberg! Peter Jackson! TINTIN!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. So I’m not sure if The Hollywood Reporter or Variety broke this story, since I was at a screening earlier tonight, but whoever did, this is pretty much the textbook definition of cool news. I grew up reading the TINTIN books. Last year, I watched a great documentary about Herge, the creator of the series, and I was struck again how ripe these stories are for adaptation. These are some of the richest examples of graphic literature ever created, and this plan to make a trilogy of 3D mo-cap CG films would be exciting, even if they hadn’t announced that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson would each direct one of the movies. When Quint visited the set of WAR OF THE WORLDS, he spoke briefly with Spielberg about the idea of using mo-cap to help bring these stories to the screen. But this new plan... well, these movies can’t get here fast enough. I am pleased beyond words, and I look forward to following the development of these films closely.

Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • May 15, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by TKO


  • May 15, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Dog movies?

    by Dazzler69


  • May 15, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Awesome project.

    by Darth Kong

    Zemeckis will direct third feature. I'd put money on it.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:07 a.m. CST

    first to say tintin?

    by michaeljbyrd

    I'm guessing I should check it out?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by newc0253

    excellent news. Raiders of the Lost Ark already took place in the Tintin universe, and Jackson will be able to balance out Spielberg's dumber impulses. This will in all probability rock.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:08 a.m. CST

    guess not

    by michaeljbyrd

    dazzler was...

  • May 15, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Will the be in French with Subs?

    by LargoJr

    Or will the manage to re-dub everything in generic English, giving some poor washed up Hollywood star some much needed alimony fodder?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST



    Talk about exciting!

  • May 15, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    This could be a classic.

    by Jakes Nel

    I think...

  • May 15, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...VERY cool. Wasn't too keen on a live-action version, but if they go with a hyper-real 3D mocap thingy -- and keep it a period piece -- this could be seriously awesome. I'm a huge Tintin nerd and approve wholeheartedly of both Spielberg and Jackson. <p> You hear that, ringy? Bring it, bitch.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST

    grew up on the b.d.

    by Spandau Belly

    but this will suck

  • May 15, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST

    Drinks are on Andy Serkis tonight

    by Mullah Omar

    Peter Jackson + mo-cap film = payday for Serkis

  • May 15, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST

    I always thought TinTin was boring.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Even when I was a kid. But Captain Haddock fucking rules!

  • May 15, 2007, 7:29 a.m. CST

    nice troll, toddboddy:

    by newc0253

    yeah, Speilberg, Jackson - what do either of them know about making popular movies?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:32 a.m. CST


    by Kid Z

    ... A Jewish director helming the film version of a comic created by a Nazi collaborator.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Don't get it......

    by fxmulder35

    Just don't get the interest....smells like a vanity bomb to me. Can anyone say HOWARD THE DUCK?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    About time!

    by Mneth

    I've been waiting for this for years.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Hi, My name is Steven Spielberg

    by Mitch Lasertag

    I haven't directed a good movie in 17 years. P.S. ..Peter Jackson and James Cameron. Can you help me..?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Mitch Lasertag

    by Darth Kong

    You are an idiot. Or, you didn't see Saving Private Ryan,Catch Me If You Can, Minority Report, War Of The Worlds and Munich?

  • May 15, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Looks Promising...Giddyup!

    by Shub-Wankalot

    Read elsewhere that Spielberg would direct one film and Jackson the other, with the third still up for grabs, and Kathleen Kennedy would produce all three flicks. Regardless, I'm thrilled.

  • May 15, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    Darth Kong, I guess he saw them.

    by DerLanghaarige

    Although he is still wrong, because it were only 14 years. :)

  • May 15, 2007, 8:03 a.m. CST


    by caltsoudas


  • May 15, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    This is gonna be wicked

    by council estate scumbag

    two giants involved in this stuff. I cant wait!

  • May 15, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST


    by AllieJamison

    I grew up watching the tv-series.<br> <br> Great stuff. I wonder how it came to the Jackson/Spielberg collaboration or how they themselves would describe it. I still can't imagine how the films are supposed to look. <br>Wonder who will do the script and who will be mocaped. And when the Berg will fit this into his schedule. And the most important question of them all: will tim speak with a french accent....heheheheee...ooh la laaa...

  • May 15, 2007, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    I just hope they can make the characters emote better than those scary characters from that horrible Tom Hanks Christmas movie.

  • May 15, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Hi, My name is Mitch Lasertag

    by Sequitur

    I haven't directed a good movie ever. In fact, the only good thing I've directed is a customer to the dvd aisle in Best Buy while I stood at the door. Can you help me..?

  • May 15, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by connor187

    Type in Tin Tin on Youtube and you will find a bunch of seriously funny, dubbed versions of the cartoon, made by some Middlesbrough guys, Middlesbrough is in England in case you didnt know.

  • May 15, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Oh god no..

    by segundus

    1) The amount of energy produced by even the greenest renderfarm cluster still produces a shitload of energy. 2) Mo-cap is soooo 2006. It may make for cooler looking films, but ultimately it's about a bunch of people sitting in dark rooms manipulating the action rather than letting actors do their business. Too many cooks spoil the broth. 3) Bring back glove puppets. Carbon neutral AND entertaining! Parp.

  • May 15, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    3rd Director

    by YakMalla

    How about that young go-getter who transformed our understanding of 1940s Asian aerial assault? Bet it'd massacre in Texas, at least. I say hitch him up, damn you!

  • May 15, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    What the Hell is Tin Tin?

    by BilboRing

    What the fuck?

  • May 15, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    just keep laboeuf out of tintin's shoes

    by PotSmokinAlien

    and i will remain intrigued. id like to see gary oldman as haddock... michael emerson from LOST (dude who plays Other ben linus) as prof. calculus... al pacino would make a pretty excellent rastapopolous.. i'd love to see a doubled, mustachioed adrien brody playing thompson & thomson.. one thing i can guarantee is that they will not keep snowy as a fucking airedale or whatever he was, he will probably be some french bulldog or a pug or something. i sure do hope they keep the running gag of him being a total drunk, too. right down to the angel and devil versions of him telling him what to do, now THAT is a movie i would pay money to see

  • May 15, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST


    by Evil Hobbit

    This is a dream project coming true. My favorite directos both one my favorite comic franchise of all time. I am SOOO thrilled. Can you imagine what the John Williams THEME for TIN TIN will be like??? this is gonna be soooo good. Best news of the week

  • May 15, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Fucking CG MoCap is a plague

    by SpencerTrilby

    An animated Tintin? Fucking lame concept, I'd rather watch again the french cartoon from the 90's. It was perfect for a live-action film (the beginning of Temple of Doom was a live action "Blue Lotus" recreation anyway). Hergé's "ligne claire" style is perfectly conveyable onscreen with a little OLD SCHOOL FILMMAKING, now they use it as a sad excuse for avoiding the REAL challenge of Tintin: bringing to life one dimensional characters who curse, use firearms, live in a timeless world and have no love interest. Which means no guns and no annoying damsell in distress. They won't have my money, for sure.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    This could be the most awesome news I've heard in ages.

    by brokentusk

    I'm not the biggest TINTIN fan, but the prospect of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg teaming up has me shitting in my pants with excitement.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Woohoo! Haddock will own us all!

    by Saluki

    And I assure you, Naruto is perfectly equal to TinTin on a number levels. High art neither of them are, but the characters make both of these comics.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    a pg13 rated cap haddock please...

    by TimMighty

    ...drinking booze, slapping the bitches...harrrrr tenthousand hellhounds

  • May 15, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    what a waste of time

    by Mr_X

    two greta directors, one stupid project. i love tintin books as much as the next person, read them all when i was a kid. but it doesnt need two great directors of this calibre to film it. Get them on decent projects people.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    I wonder...

    by Prof_Ender

    ...will they keep the oblique racism? ^_^ Don't get me wrong, TINTIN was one of the first comics I ever read, and I still love them to this day. But when you're a five year-old you don't really think twice about a book called TINTIN IN THE LAND OF THE COMMUNISTS. Or the fact that every black person is drawn like jazz-era Mickey Mouse. Ah, it should still be fun.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    High art neither of them are?

    by SpencerTrilby

    Naruto is similar in concept and art to many previous mangas out there; Tintin is the benchmark of almost every european comic book (before Heavy Metal). I'm not saying that Naruto is shit, just that from an artistic point of view, Tintin is closer from Astro Boy or even Dragon Ball (ok, that's a stretch, but it's almost as influential)

  • May 15, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Who cares!?

    by Darksider

    Ain't it cool news? No. It's not.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I love waxing nostalgic as much as the next guy, BUT...

    by Abin Sur

    ...there are other movies dying to be made; personally, I still don't know if Tintin is the guy or the dog.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling a rather interesting way of making 'Motion Capture' sound exciting.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    post SinCity and 300, animated Tintin is the way to go:

    by newc0253

    the challenge of rendering Herge's world in animation would be far more interesting than a cheesy live-action period piece.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by Sean38

    I couldn't tell you what half that post meant.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    I couldnt give a shit but no ones noticed...

    by Mr Chuff

    that there are 3 films to be made and only 2 directors attached. So when this article says "Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson would each direct one of the movies" that leaves one flick pissing in the wind.... not that I care as I said.. why am I here?

  • May 15, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    This cannot succeed

    by ennui

    seriously, I am a geek. I read comics from the time I was 5, I still watch just about any sci-fi or fantasy that comes out. I would take my young children to see the eregon sequel (even though I know it would suck) just on the hope of 10 minutes of quality entertainment. I read voraciously, and I have never even heard of TINTIN. I immidiatly think of that dog from the 18th century when I try to mentally pronounce it. Then I want to fall asleep. This may be the greatest source material in the world. But I am telling you right now that the public won't go because it is called Fucking 'TinTin' and that sounds ridiculous.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Seem to remember this as a cartoon

    by indyjonez100

    I seem to recall that I've seen TinTin already as a cartoon once, maybe on Canadian TV or in my French class in High School. Who is going to voice the cagey Captain guy?

  • May 15, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Um...., ghey?

    by googamooga


  • May 15, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Dashing Roger

    YOU ADDLE-PATED LUMP OF ANTHRACITE, YOU!!! <p> No, Calculus. Cuthbert Calculus.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "I have never even heard of TINTIN"

    by newc0253

    Then you, sir, cannot be a geek. In fact, you cannot even be human. Because you have to have been living under A FUCKING ROCK never to have heard of Tintin. Small children and animals have heard of Tintin, and they lack all capacity for speech and understanding. There are as yet undiscovered tribes in the Amazonian rain forest that, when discovered, will be found to own copies of 'Tintin and the Picaros', 'The Broken Ear' and 'The Prisoners of the Sun'. There are worlds in distant galaxies to which the light rays from our Sun have yet to reach, and yet on those worlds, someone has a copy of 'Cigar of the Pharoahs'. Seriously, get off these boards: your geek privileges have been revoked.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Hey ennui

    by Dashing Roger

    You read voraciously and yet don't know how to spell "immediately." Hmmmm. Someone get a shovel. <p> TINTIN will make tons of money. It will be huge here, it will be ENORMOUS overseas. This shit was translated into like 478 languages. Indigenous people in the Arctic will pay to go see this. <p> Time to turn on the cash machine.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Spielberg + Jackson =Explosion of Awesomness surrounded

    by Proman1984

    By an orgy of greatness. Seriously, dude, this will rule. I only wish Spielberg would do a Lupin III movie as well.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Of all the things to team up on

    by CherryValance

    and I realize they're not really teaming up but geez, Tintin? Whenever the cartoon came on I'd switch it. If cartoons were food, Tintin would be rice cakes. But I didn't ever read the books, so maybe that's the problem. We'll see what happens.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Wow, a comic book movie! And it's French this time!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    You know what that means... chant now: PITOF! PITOF! Give it to LE PITOF!

  • May 15, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST

    what's TinTin? is it about a dog?

    by jrbarker

    like Rin Tin Tin?

  • May 15, 2007, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by ennui

    trying to invalidate someones argument by pointing out a spelling error in their post? That is some 1999 era internet debate B.S. I may be completely wrong about this project, but pointing out a spelling error in my post does not support your argument, it simply makes you look like a bitch.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Not happy

    by Cobbio

    I agree with ennui. I've read bits and pieces of "TinTin" over the years, and I saw pieces of that old show, but I thought it was silly and sleep-inducingly boring. Seriously, can't Spielberg and Jackson team up for something else? ANYTHING else? If this series happens, it's the worst news I've read in years. What the fuck are Spielberg and Peter Jackson doing wasting their talents on "TinTin"? Even saying "TinTin" makes me want to sleep.<p> Yuck.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:31 a.m. CST

    This team-up NOT awe-inspiring...

    by Abin Sur

    Imagine if these two teamed up for some OTHER comic book, like say...Justice League?!? I'm not going to disparage TINTIN fans, because I know it was very special to many people, but for me, this could be money and talent that could be invested in something a bit more popular TODAY.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Mocap for animation SUCKS

    by Laserbrain

    Lifeless, artless, awful. You're going to have to get decent actors for the mocap if it's to work at all so why not just go live-action? A Tintin feature with even half the production values of POTC would rock! No piss poor Polar Express-ing of this property. For fuck's sake, do it right.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Touchy touchy ennui. And Cobbio...

    by Dashing Roger

    Defensive, aren't we? You calling me a bitch is also very 1999 internet message board-esqe. You are such a man I can hardly stand it. <p> If you both never interfaced properly with Tintin (watching the shitty show doesn't count - it was not a fair representation of the books, and you need to read more than bits and pieces), then neither of you should really comment. You just sound stupid when you say something like I'm a geek, I read a lot of comics but I never heard of Tintin. <p> The books had intrictate plotlines, action, great characters and humor that worked for both kids and young adults, the bread and butter of the movie business. This is going to be huge, there is just no way around it.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    I've seen comics of Tin Tin

    by Abominable Snowcone

    but after reading the article I had to be reminded of who Tin Tin was. And I'm 35. So count me in with those who don't think the public awareness of Tin Tin is all that high. Will it have karate, lesbians, or robots?

  • May 15, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Lets all get over ourselves, shall we?

    by Jugs


  • May 15, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by ennui

    your spot on by holding me accountable on the bitch comment. That is very 1999, I guess was perturbed at you pointing out the typo, and reacted strongly due to the fact I had not seen that type of attack in ages. As to you saying I have no right to comment on TINTIN. Actually, my point is that I am a fan of comics, am relatively well read, have kids the right age to take, and am not enthused. This is very relevant to the talkback as I am in the demographic this project will be trying to capture and so far I am not enthused. Somehow missing TINTIN growing up does not make me an uneducated troglodyte, it means that there may be many others who missed it as well. Now if there is an amazing trailer, and or my kids are somehow dying to go, I would still take them.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Sorry, ennui...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...but both Dashing Roger and newc0235 are correct. You can't call yourself a voracious reader and/or a geek while simultaneously saying you've never heard of Tintin without sounding like an ignoramus. You've assured that nobody will ever take anything you ever say on these boards with anything even approaching respect. <P> Here's a tip for the rest of you who feel comfortable yelling "what the fuck is Tintin?!": before spouting things like that, take a deep breath and go to wikipedia or something before opening your figurative cakeholes, because you sound really stupid and really lazy. I know it's tempting to go for a "cool" I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude, but trust me -- you're not doing yourselves any favors.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Tin Tin awereness is probably highest in Europe

    by Evil Hobbit

    And Europeans are so much more intelligent then Americans.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Re: Dashing

    by Cobbio

    I wouldn't say I'm defensive, Dashing Roger. I just think it's a rediculously bad idea to make a "TinTin" movie. You enjoyed the books, thus you're looking forward to a "TinTin" film or films. That's cool. I found "TinTin" to be yawn-inducingly boring, however, therefore I'm not enthused by this project. I think Spielberg and Jackson can (and should) find far more interesting material to work with.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I've never heard of Tintin...

    by Boba Fat

    so this film will fail! And who is this Peter Spielberg? Does he seriously think casting washed up rapper Mo' Cap as a dog is a good idea?

  • May 15, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Boba Fat

    by DocPazuzu

    Thanks. Now I have nose-filtered coffee on my keyboard.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Yep, Andy Serkis is my new best friend...

    by Seph_J

    He's been walking round with a stupid grin on his face all evening.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:12 a.m. CST

    i love tintin

    by repligin

    but it really is incredibly racist. anyone read 'tit tin in the congo?'? theres a bit where he gets his car stuck on a train track in classic tense cliche, and of course a train literally overflowing with gollywog africans comes hurtling toward the car. in the next moment theres a huge crash! but oh, whats this? tit tin's car is absolutly fine, but the train made by those silly africans is in pieces. the next part tin tin goes hunting and after killing many exotic creatures, realises his rifle doesn't penetrate the hide of a particularily belligerent rhino. does tin tin give up? by jove no! he runs out, gets a stick of dynamite, then hangs down from a tree overhead and drills into the rhino and shoves sticks of dynamite into the gaping wound and runs off. but all that really is part of the charm. it was never meant to be offensive, and most of the time its sweet. it's kind of like a nice old grandad who really isn't racist, but still uses the n-word out of habit. they cannot do a proper film and keep it authentinc. TTINO! TTINO!

  • May 15, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Shia The Beef as Tintin

    by photoboy

    We know it's gonna happen.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Mmmmmmm nose-filtered coffee...

    by Boba Fat

    Tintin will of course be huge and should look amazing. The books are renowned for their accurate detail. So, count me as officially excited.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Hey Steve & Pete . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    Could you start on this AFTER you do Harry Potters 6 & 7?

  • May 15, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    ennui, Cobbio, photoboy

    by Dashing Roger

    ennui: Fair enough. My apologies for acting like a bitch and harping on your spelling mistake. <p> Cobbio: "Yawn-inducingly boring" - excellent turn of phrase. I don't know how I feel about being a fan of something that is not only boring but yawn-inducingly boring, but I will somehow learn to live with this. <p> photoboy: Ohhh SHIT! You're right! Kill me right now. I'd rather never see a live action Tintin movie than see Shite LaBia wearing knickers and sporting bleached hair, moussed-up tuft and all. Hopefully they'll hire a European actor, but... Yikes, I could see this happening too.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Sound like shit

    by gideon9595

    I can't believe that people would be excited about this crap. It's fucking tin tin for christ sakes! What a waste of money and 'talent'

  • May 15, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Shia will voice Tin Tin!!!!!!

    by ludmir88

    and his dog Snowy voiced by Michael Bay you know a lot of bark here and there.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Hasn't directed a good movie in 17 years?

    by TiVo1138

    Jurassic Park? Schindler's List? Saving Private Ryan? Minority Report? Munich?

  • May 15, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Repligin, if that's what it's about...

    by Abominable Snowcone

    ...I better do some research and get me some TinTin. Apart from the overt racism, it sounds funny in a Tom and Jerry sort of way. I'd love a return to the old animation days of shoving TNT in your nemesis' cornhole or hitting each other with shovels.

  • May 15, 2007, noon CST

    Small children everywhere...

    by Kid Z

    ...fifty YEARS ago... have heard of TinTin.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Tintin is dead racist

    by Sepulchrave

    ...has abuone ever read Tintin au Congo? Jesus Christ; he shoots about 50 gazelles, blows up a rhino with dynamite and brings civilisation to all the smiling pickaninnies. It's horrendous. In Tintin, Japs are chatter-toothed monsters, the Chinese are passive snails, Arabs never go anywhere without their whips and blacks...well, the less said the better. Tintin is like John Buchan; dated imperialist shite.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I love that this TINTIN talkback is so polarizing...

    by Abin Sur

    Just imagine if someone suggested bringing "Bob and Swab" or "Rick Masters: Foreign Correspondent" to the silver screen.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    sure, Tintin is a product of its time:

    by newc0253

    nobody who reads the earliest Tintin books could deny that there aren't some embarrassing stereotypes there. But that stuff falls away fairly quickly & the overwhelming majority of Tintin is the opposite: an implicit egalitarian sympathy and, at times, an almost nativist desire of Herge to show non-Europeans as morally superior to greedy Europeans.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    What motivates Spielberg?

    by CopOnTheEdge

    I love Spielberg but at his age, with his billion dollar fortune and Oscar and incredible filmography, why not do more personal movies? What could possibly be personal for him about TinTin? It's just another FRANCHISE, another product. Seriously, why would Spielberg care? What does he have to prove? Why would he POSSIBLY be interested in this crap? It saddens me, as a fan of his great films.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Indy 4 to film in New Haven!!!!!!!

    by Forestal

    There's going to be a car chase or something on Chapel St:

  • May 15, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I get it, Kurzinski!

    by Abin Sur

    Because Tim Allen enjoys snorting cocaine! Very subtle. ;)

  • May 15, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Put me down for...Who is Tintin?

    by decypher44

    It must be a Canadian and French thing. I'm 33, live in the US, and never heard of Tintin. I just looked it up, and it seems kind of lame. Why all the excitement?

  • May 15, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by YakMalla

    Dark Horizons is listing Michael Caton-Jones to helm the second film, which will take place 14 years after the events in the first.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I'm 20 and I know Tin Tin

    by Forestal

    I used to watch the cartoon. I think it was on Nickelodean or something

  • May 15, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Sure Tintin is racist...

    by DocPazuzu many ways, but so are Robert E. Howard's Conan stories. They were both products of their time for better or worse, but the positive aspects of the stories and characters are timeless. <p> However, Hergé was never a collaborator other than continuing his newspaper job despite Belgium being occupied by Nazi Germany. He hated fascists as much as communists, and he tried to sneak as much subliminal anti-Axis propaganda into his books as he could.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    I am 39...

    by Boba Fat

    I enjoy going to restaurants, nothing too pricey, long walks and visiting to the cinema. I'm looking for somebody with a good sense of humour who has never heard of Tintin. Non smoker preferred but not essential

  • May 15, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Regarding Tintin being racist - calm the fuck down

    by Dashing Roger

    Well, wow, you've uncovered an amazing fact: books written in the early twentieth century were not as progressive as they should have been. Tintin is racist? So is the fucking Bible, dipshit. <p> I'm not making excuses for any of it, I am a bleeding heart liberal who finds any kind of racism repugnant. But I also don't go leafing through history to point out the obvious: that people had their heads up their asses many years ago, and still do today. <p> Obviously, any major motion picture treatment of Tintin won't be culled from any inappropriate material, be it racist, anti-environment, insulting to Greenpeace and PETA, etc. I mean, we've got Spielberg at the helm here - he will use the most politically correct Tintin book of all and still make changes to it to make sure no one is offended. <p> So relax with the racist accusations. Do you do this every time they make a movie out of a book written before the civil rights movement?

  • May 15, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Racism not a Factor in Production...

    by YakMalla

    ...say producers, who have narrowed the Captain Haddock casting decision down to a choice between Don Imus and Michael Richards.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Make Tin Tin a brotha

    by DonMagicWan

    That should clear things up.<br><br>I wonder though - did they hire Peter Jackson to clean up the dated ideas about race like he attempted to do with King Kong?

  • May 15, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Peter Jackson for JLA!

    by UltimaRex

    Please let this be Jackson's slate: Lovely Bones (2008), Tintin (2009), JLA (2010) Please, please, please...

  • May 15, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by Se7en


  • May 15, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by SpencerTrilby

    "Why would he POSSIBLY be interested in this crap?" Because this "crap" is part of his childhood, mate. That's what makes Raiders of the lost ark one of his most personal movies. If you think "personal movie" means only Holocaust-themed movie, you're dead wrong. There's nothing more personal, and at the same time universal than childhood memories. That's precisely why he's so succesful. And that's why he teams up with another fanboy-turned-wonderboy filmmaker.

  • May 15, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Carl Bark's Uncle Scrooge

    by jimmy_009

    stories done up with this kind of treatment. And what exactly is the mo-cap required for? Isn't TinTin a human being living in the real world? WTF is CGI required for?

  • May 15, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    So...Jackson's directing THIS instead of a JLA movie?

    by SpyGuy

    If TINTIN is just like those YouTube dubbed versions by Nick Donnelly with the word "fuck" every other word, then I'm down with this. Otherwise, this project must be stopped at all cost so that Spielberg and Jackson can devote their time to worthier pursuits.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Don't you make a wrong step!

    by Subovon

    <p class=MsoNormal>Oh, man, this is a can of worms. The articles in question talk about how the films that were made out of LES <span class=SpellE>AVENTURES</span> DE <span class=SpellE>TINTIN</span> were low key releases. Maybe in the <st1:country-region w:st="on">US</st1:country-region>, but let me tell you, they were a HUGE deal in France and the rest of <st1:place w:st="on">Europe</st1:place>. It's like saying DARK KNIGHT is a low key adaptation of some comic that some people like a little - typical, myopic reporting from those goddamn la-la-<span class=SpellE>landers</span>. (<span class=SpellE><span style='mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>TINTIN</span></span><span style='mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> AND THE LAKE OF SHARKS is a masterpiece from my childhood, and the only movie worth a damn – look to the live action adaptations for a good laugh).</span> I'll just say that if Stephen and Peter fuck this up, they'll be burned at the stake - it's that serious. But the idea of mo-cap is absolutely the way to go... what a grand announcement. May I live long enough to see these <span class=GramE>movies.</span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><br> As for the racism <span class=SpellE>POV</span>, that's the kind of dumb, dry shit Jesse Jackson and Al <span class=SpellE>Sharpton</span> would pick out of their crusty asses. You need two things to be a bigot: ignorance, and a bull horn. As a remedy, I suggest reading a history book and shutting the fuck up until you're done.</p>

  • May 15, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST


    by SpiceMonkey27

  • May 15, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    correct link

    by SpiceMonkey27

  • May 15, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    Now HERE is one screaming for big-screen adaptation - if the only qualifier is a silly name. I, for one, shall now jump aboard the UltimaRex bandwagon - Peter Jackson for JDL!

  • May 15, 2007, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Where's ringwearer9?

    by DocPazuzu

    I can only surmise (and hope) that his absence so far in a PJ TB is due to his feverish typing of a gigantic, mind-boggling manifesto of hate detailing every facet of why the Great Satan PJ is the worst possible choice for Tintin. With moviemack dead and buried, ringy is the only diehard hater left on AICN.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    the link

    by SpiceMonkey27

    i dont understand why there is a apce between the r and t in report.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Make Blue Lotus please!

    by DirkD13"

    Just for the scene where three meathead looking motherfuckers go into a room to beat the shit out of Tintin, only for Tintin to stroll out mere moments later having delivered a comprehensive beating to three massive dudes. Not bad for a scrawny little shite.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

  • May 15, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Could be good

    by superninja

    could be syrupy treacle with the Berg involved. Hopefully Jackson will hit the right notes.

  • May 15, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    COOL NEWS!!! Jerry Falwell is dead!!!

    by Some Dude


  • May 15, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST


    by mmaddox3

    These are gonna be amazing...hands down amazing! nuff said. but lets hope they get someone of speilberg/jackson quality for the third one.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Lucas...

    by SpencerTrilby

    he's not interested in directing the third one. Too silly. BTW Boba Fat, nice Mo'Cap joke. I nose filtered too.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Here's the thing.

    by Sepulchrave

    So Tintin's era is just that; historical context. So let's forgive and forget. Right. Now let's make a film of Tintin and REMOVE all that offensive, colonial contextual stuff. Okay. Ta-Dah! It's SHIT and it's not Tintin anymore. Do you get it yet? You can't alter or update Tintin without turning it into a pile of shit.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin is Gay Gay

    by Anino

    Why why make make this this? Annoying french teeanager that looks like carrot top had a fight with a lawn mower...of all the projects Spielberg and Jackson could team up on...

  • May 15, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    All the hate for Falwell

    by Anino

    makes the haters look worse than the subject of their spittle. Not a fan of Falwell, but take the time to read what you're writing first, because it's looking bigoted. And Tintin is gay.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Jerry Falwell has been in hell for 4 hours.

    by Sepulchrave

    And counting. Burning! Roasting! Screaming! |With a spike up his bottom. Gum in his hair! A wasp in his ear!

  • May 15, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    This is a TinTin talkback

    by Anino

    Take the christophobic bigotry elsewhere. TinTin is gay.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    MOTHER F-----

    by 18to88

    Huge Tin Tin fan. Peter Jackson sucks. King Kong was a joke. I've been waiting for this movie forever. . . I can't believe this. MOTHER F-----

  • May 15, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by Motoko Kusanagi

    I guess

  • May 15, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Serkis as Haddock

    by performingmonkey

    I can see that happening. He should be in the films at least. I hope he's also in The Lovely Bones, even if it's only a cameo, he should be in EVERY Jackson flick now.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Thank Lenin I'm not Christian

    by Sepulchrave

    and I don't believe in your sicko fantasy of eternal torture. Falwell is just dead. Gone. Only Christians would believe that he's in agony forever and I'm above all that shite.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Anino: Bigoted?

    by Some Dude

    Celebrating the death of a bigot is now a bigoted act? Please. The guy was an asshole and the world will be better off without him.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Then why are you talking about it?

    by superninja

    Why are you acting like Falwell impacted your life?

  • May 15, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    And who cares whether TinTin is gay, Anino

    by Sepulchrave

    ...apart from your bigoted Xtian ass.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Impacted is not a verb

    by Sepulchrave

    Stop degrading the language. Falwell MADE no IMPACT on my life, but he made existence miserable for thousands of people, many of them my friends, and caused more than one death with his propagation of hate. One in five teenage suicides is a gay kid. They die because they think they are sick and evil and people hate them. Jerry sold that shit for 40 years. Fuck him.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    So Jerry Falwell made gays kill themselves?

    by superninja

    Do you ever go back and read the things you write? Look, I understand the dislike of the man when he stands in direct opposition to your worldview and is so vocal and abrasive about it, but AIDS kills more gays than Falwell's words ever will.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:39 p.m. CST

    And thank you for the grammar lesson.

    by superninja


  • May 15, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    You Pithecanthropuses, you! This is TINTIN TB

    by Dashing Roger

    Not a fucking Falwell farewell. Shaddap! <p> Billions of billious barbecued blue blistering barnacles!

  • May 15, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    WTF??? They're Making a Movie About...

    by Deandome

    ...Kyrano's daughter, a minor chick-puppet from Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds??? OK, she was kinda hot, shaking her puppet ass in "The Sham-Sham". I'd get wood & do her!!

  • May 15, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    my girlfriend is gonna freak.

    by mr. brownstone

    as I am doing right now. this is perfect.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST


    by Dashing Roger

    This'll get your mind off of Jerry: <p> TINTIN - Gaspard Ulliel <p> HADDOCK - Harrison Ford (Think about it - he could channel his Allie Fox rage from MOSQUITO COAST. He's certainly the right physical type, and it might get his career on track.) <p> CALCULUS - Harry Shearer <p> THOMPSON TWINS ("No this is Thompson, with a "P", as in "psychology") - Fuck if I know. Some unknown European twin twits. Or use CGI and use a single actor... Jude Law? <p> No? Well FUCK YOU then. Who?

  • May 15, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    George Lucas thinks Falwell's death is "silly"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    and he's going to digitally restore the office at Liberty University to reflect the way he wanted it to look when Falwell left this earthly plane. Touch-ups will include a new window that opens to a view of the Bespin skyline, with dual-pod cloudcar racing past.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Actually, Dashing Roger...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...a younger Jude Law would have been a good Tintin. As for Calculus, Michael Jeter would have been perfect. Too bad he's dead.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Sepulchrave, YOU care

    by Anino

    You care enough to even respond to me. And you're an anti-Christian bigot.

  • May 15, 2007, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Agree on both counts, DocPaz

    by Dashing Roger

    If only the AIDS hadn't taken our friend Jeter. THE FISHER KING was his finest moment, IMHO. <p> Someone else mentioned Andy Serkis for Haddock. Serkis could play any of the roles, save for Tintin.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    'So Jerry Falwell made gays kill themselves?'

    by Sepulchrave

    Well, THERE'S a gross collapsed simplification of what I just said. I suppose farmers who commit suicide because corporations steal their land have nobody to blame for their troubles but themselves either? I really detest the preening American 'philosophy' that nobody has anybody to blame for how their lives are but themselves. The poor are poor because they're lazy; kids who kill are weak, there is no such thing as class, no such thing as racism, no such thing as bigotry; the world is perfect. Bullshit; Falwell and his ilk are hard at work in their re-education camps as we speak, trying to force queer kids to look at heterosexual porn and hate themselves for who they are. And no irrelevent crap about AIDS (which is not even a human agency; it's a virus; do you blame kids in India for getting cholera) is going to change the fact that there is a culture of militant hate in the USA, which is NOT in my country, nor is it in the UK, or Canada, or Spain. And it is strongly rooted in evangelical protestantism.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:03 p.m. CST

    On Belgium Radio...

    by Klopek Reuben

    A person from the Hergé studio said that they would prefer to do the 'double album' stories. first movie in 2009. Destination Moon - Explorers on the Moon The Seven Crystal Balls - Prisoners of the Sun The Secret of the Unicorn - Red Rackham's Treasure My father's aunt knew Hergé. in fact my mother always claimed she once trew away some sketches of Hergé she found at that aunts house..long ago. I could've been rich DAMNED!

  • May 15, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    I have no idea what Tin Tin is....

    by Rindain

    Before my time, I guess. Anyway, anything with Spielberg AND Jackson deserves attention, of course.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    another thing, Sepulchrave

    by Anino

    I hope you live a long and happy life, and that you realize all your dreams. I hope you have lots of friends and family that love you. I hope you grow as a person, and succeed in all your endeavors. And Tintin is still gay.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST

    When a gang of gay guys kills a heterosexual

    by Sepulchrave

    You can call us bigots. Not until.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Oh Wiki him for goodness' sakes

    by Sepulchrave

    He's sold FIFTY MILLION comic books!

  • May 15, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    gays that kill heteros?

    by Anino

    You mean Emperor Nero? Killed hetero christians by the thousands? Oh, ok.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Rastapopoulos is going to shit on all of you

    by Dashing Roger

    You have hijacked this TB to talk about Falwell/your own religious insecurities just as he hijacked flight 714. <p> I'm outta here. You fancy-dress facists, you!

  • May 15, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Nero killed his own mother AND his sister

    by Sepulchrave

    and then the Roman emperors converted to Christianity and went on killing for 500 years. This civilization that we are now living in IS the Holy Roman empire; it never went away. You are fucking reaching. It'll be Jeffrey friggin' Dahmer next.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by Napoleon Park

    Because someone had to. (What, they already did? Sorry, never mind them.)

  • May 15, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Oh and Nero killed his WIFE too...

    by Sepulchrave

    ..his FEMALE wife Poppea.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by Anino

    Of all the projects Jackson and Spielberg could team up for, I'm surprised Tintin is at the top of the list. As for Nero, he never converted to Christianity. You might be thinking of Constantine, who merely merged Christianity with the existing Roman religion, thus creating the Roman Catholic church. And again, I wish you well--I wish you success in all you do. You're so much smarter and enlightened than I am.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    So Nero was straight

    by Anino

    Because gays NEVER marry females...oh no, that's NEVER ever happened in history...forgive me for even thinking that were possible.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    I never SAID Nero converted

    by Sepulchrave

    ...on the contrary; the myth of the Anti-Christ is just a story that early Christians cobbled together to account for this bastard emperor who persecuted them while God stood by and did nothing. And that tiresome 'Love your enemy; it'll drive him nuts' is old-hat. The fact remains that Nero was not homosexual, not even by Roman standards. Go look him up. He fucked his sister, assassinated his mother and his wife, but there are no references to his homosexuality that I can find. PS; I love you so much XXX

  • May 15, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I just looked up Nero up Nero's bio

    by Sepulchrave

    on five sites and there is NO reference to him being homosexual in any of them; you just assume that he was queer cause he was Roman. Now, Caligula was bisexual, but then so were Saladin, Richard the Lionheart and Shakespeare.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Sepulchrave, read Seutonius

    by Anino

    Then get back to me on the Nero was gay issue. "love your enemy" is old hat? I didn't say I love you, I was wishing you well...don't get your hopes up. Sorry to disappoint you.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    interesting, looking forward to hearing more about this

    by MTXX

    Tintin is one of the key works of popular art of the 20th century. No, not all volumes are solid artistic gold, the earliest 4 or 5 volumes aren't really any good, and they do contain some dubious racist stuff, which Herge later regretted. Out of the 23 volumes maybe less than 10 would qualify as something approaching real classics when read by modern audiences. But it's not like every page ever drawn by other maverick comics artist like Barks or Kirby or Eisner are solid gold either . And unlike Kirby, at least the golden years of Tintin doesn't have clunky dialogue written by Stan Lee, so they tend to have aged pretty well. Of course the big question is which Tintin volumes they would adapt - the 2 part "Seven Crystal Ball/Prisoners of the Sun", which is the one that had most influence on the Indiana Jones Movies, is probably pretty much a sure bet. But apart from that I'm curious about which ones they'd choose.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Apparently this is what you mean by 'gay'

    by Sepulchrave

    "Not satisfied with seducing married women and free-born boys, Nero raped the Vestal Virgin Rubria. He nearly contrived to marry the freedwoman Acte, by`persuading some friends of consular rank to falsely swear that she came of royal stock. Having tried to turn the boy Sporus into a girl by castration, he went through a wedding ceremony with him - dowry, veil and all....the passion he felt for his mother was he found a new mistress who was her image...some say that he did indeed commit incest with Agrippina (his sister) every time they rode in the same litter. The Twelve Caesars (Nero 28/29) So he fucked his mother, his sister, he turned boys into girls, raped freedwomen and married women and some free youths. he sounds like a super-pervert to me, but hardly a homosexual.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:42 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is TinTin and does it have 'splosions?


    If it's like, say, a lmae kids movie, uuuuh do we really need these two power houses working on it? Wouldn't their time be better served by 1.) Petitioning to direct The Hobbit or 2.) making damn sure Lucas doesn't fuck up whatever his next Star Wars project is?

  • May 15, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    PS: I read Suetonius when I was 12.

    by Sepulchrave


  • May 15, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Sepulchrave--go back and read it again

    by Anino

    You obviously missed it. Seutonius is only one historian that refers to Nero's marriages as marriages of convenience. Other historians refer to his affairs with male actors--you need to do more research, really....don't just do a two minute google search and say you've read 'every' historical resource out there. Anyway--all I have to say is, they better not get Shia to play Tintin. Not that I care.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    ..and for people wanting to check out some of the books

    by MTXX

    ...They could start by getting the three hardcovers from Amazon containing: 1) "The Crab With the Golden Claws / The Shooting Star / The Secret of the Unicorn", and 2) "Red Rackham's Treasure / The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun" and 3) "The Calculus Affair / The Red Sea Sharks / Tintin in Tibet". Then they'd own most of the TRULY classic episodes. They're certainly as essential for just about any serious comic book fan as picking up the "Peanuts" reprints, The Will Eisner Spirit "Best of" and the Kirby "Fantastic Four" collections.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    WOOOOAH NO!!!!

    by Godardwhowhatnow

    Oh my god, Jerry Seinfeld died??? Holy crap! First Sinbad, now this! And what's with all that hate? OVALTINE!!? IT SHOULD BE CALLED ROUNDTINE! What's not to like? Oh, as I'm reading this, I'm finding out it was another Jerry, and not the funny one. Wootah.

  • May 15, 2007, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane for Captain Haddock!

    by VenkmanBurnInHell

    I said there'd be trouble Lovejoy, and I was right! Guys, what's with the emperor-rage - "Are you not entertained" with fil-ums? We could talk about Popes instead. What about Pope Joan?...Those crazy Catholics!

  • May 15, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Ian McShane, yes

    by Anino

    Perfect casting choice. Damn Hooplehead c@cksu@kers!

  • May 15, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    by deathbunny32 Booya. All the books, for $90. Tintin is the shit though, and this movie is going to kick major ass.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Sorry about that.

    by deathbunny32 is a smaller link to all of the books. Also, I have a header now. If someone could delete the previous message, that would be good.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Sepulchrave all of your posts are

    by superninja

    gross collapsed simplification. Once again, do you actually read what you write?

  • May 15, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Awesome, more CGI Crap

    by Gozu

    Boy I miss movies. You know, with actors? And cartoons that were hand-drawn. You know, with vitality and characte? Motion capture is fine for Gollum and King Kong, but I don't want to see a CGI film by Speilberg and Jackson. I want them to use real people, real locations. But whatever, they'll cost $1 billion to make and make $5 billion the first weekend at the box office, so this is just the way of things.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:35 p.m. CST


    by Quintus_Arrius

    ... I am over joyed. Can not wait!

  • May 15, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Superninja: Why am I talking about it?

    by Some Dude

    Because I am celebrating. I tend to talk about things that make me happy. The news of Falwell's death is such a thing.

  • May 15, 2007, 4:53 p.m. CST

    The third director

    by Fineus Fog

    Should be Jean Pierre Jeunet NOT Bob Zemekis Tell me the last decent Zemekis film? And don't say that overtly patriotic American BS that is Forrest Gump

  • May 15, 2007, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun

    This MUST be a hard R.

  • May 15, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Cast Conan O'Brien as Tintin

    by BLWiseass

    Well maybe not but you can see the resemblence

  • May 15, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    I'm intrigued by...

    by Pandas

    ...the fact that so many people don't seem to have heard of Tin-Tin. I'm not trying to make out that anyone is stupid for not having heard of it, I can only assume it was never as popular in the US. Over here in the UK and the rest of Europe it really would be on a par with saying you've never heard of the Beatles. Even if you've never read it or seen the cartoons you have a good idea what it's all about.

  • May 15, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Simon Pegg as Tintin.....

    by andrew1911uk

    Or there is no God. And for the love of Jeebus, no CGI fucking dog. Kudos to all who suggested McShane as Cap'n Haddock - bob on.

  • May 15, 2007, 5:24 p.m. CST

    They should just do this animated.

    by superninja

    Like Miyazaki handle this. Jackson can make Aquaman or somethin'.

  • May 15, 2007, 5:30 p.m. CST

    for those who don't know, THIS is Tintin

    by ikkyu

    (clear the coffee out your nose first)

  • May 15, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Coolest news of the year !!

    by Bellock

    Incredible !! The two greatest directors working together on one the most beautiful piece of Comics Art. It's almost too good to be true...

  • May 15, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by beelkay

    I think Spielberg and Tintin are a great match. The Tintin books often reminded me of Indiana Jones in some ways. Plus, the Tintin books are just great, period...the characters are wonderful and the stories exciting. I would definitely prefer they be period, though...taking place in the 20s-40s.

  • May 15, 2007, 6:38 p.m. CST

    RE: "Where's ringwearer9?"

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    I don't know, DocP. But it looks like poeticwarriorII is making a move for Ringy's "#1 Diehard PJ Hater Asshole" crown.

  • May 15, 2007, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Re: Pandas-R-Us - Tintin in the US

    by MTXX

    It's true that Tintin was never that big in the US.There is an article about it at the PBS site, "Tintin in America": All ages cartoonish adventure strips didn't really do that well in the US between the years 1960 and until "Bone" became a fairly big crossover hit a few years ago. The Superhero genre simply became too all conquering in the US, leaving not much room for anything else. However, It's even stranger that the great Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics by US artist Carl Barks have been fairly unknown in US for people who came of age later than 1960. In many European countries, particularly Germany and Scandinavia, those classic duck masterpieces have been as big as The Simpsons or Harry Potter... for the last 50 years or so.

  • May 15, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    supercool news man!

    by pipergates

    i read Jackson said they're going to cgi the characters just like Herge drew them, imagine that, like a cross of Gollum and Incredibles...

  • May 15, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST

    TinTin & the search for the lost LOST talkback.

    by StanTheCritic

    Where are you flashforward talkback?

  • May 15, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST


    by silent 1

    Not a fan of tin tin but the fact that Jackson and Spielberg are working together will draw huge crowds cant wait to see Spielberg in Wellington.

  • May 15, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Minority Report was dull, War of the Worlds was shit

    by Doc_Strange

    Munich and Private Ryan are okay but not up to classic Spielberg standard. I just don't think the man has what it takes to make a good, timeless motion picture anymore. Hell, he's producing Transformers for Christ's sake. That will most definitely not look good on his resume.

  • May 15, 2007, 8:38 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    You crazy bastard.<P>Actually, Ringy did post in one of the Hobbit TBs not too long ago. He seems to only watch AICN for stories on Peter Jackson. And when they appear, he swoops in like a hawk. A very obsessed and deranged hawk.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Already had 2 Tintin films + response to Doc_Strange...

    by Freefinger

    Back in the 70's I think.. <P>Here are the posters for both movies (Just remove the spaces in the links): <p><P><P>Althought good standings at the box office, they never made it in the history books, so the franchise was put on the backburner and never came back. But now with this new movie, I wonder what they're going to do with it?.<p> NOW the repsonse to Doc.. War of the world shit? You gotta be kiding? It was far from shit, this movie had it all and saying it was shit is totally uncalled for. I don't think any piece of "shit" in this world appreciated your comment just now, being lowered to this movie is insulting to the whole shitty community. No, War of the Worlds was a timeless piece of vomitted river of rat's scrotum filled with Andy Dick's anal juice with a touch of his own man milk. <P>I think you should appologize to the whole "shit" community for comparing them to that movie. That was totally uncalled for.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Freefinger you are a fucking moron

    by Proman1984

    Probably wouldn't know a good movie if it was stuck in your shithole along with Andy Dick's dick. Fuck off at let the rest of us enjoy the news.

  • May 15, 2007, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Shia LaBeouf is TINTIN!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    You KNOW it's gonna happen. Don't even waste time trying to deny it.

  • May 15, 2007, 10 p.m. CST


    by Freefinger

    WTF? You liked War of the Worlds? MOUAAHHHAHAHAHAHAHA!!<P>Yeah I really liked it when no one else figure out how to change a Starter Cellunoid. Or when the plane crashes and destroys the whole neigborhood but completely misses the minivan... How about the Amry being wipeout but his kid survives the blast... The army guy with all the grenades on him and it takes a mechanic to figure out that this might do some damage to the damn things.. <P>Ok.. I must be an idiot.. For having been fucked out of 10$ to see the damn thing... <P>I'm guessing you actually have this movie in your "Best movies of all time" DVD rack don't ya? Or maybe you think Andy is one of the best comedians of all time? Yes.. you do have great taste.. <P>Before calling someone a moron, you should look at your room and take down your N'Sync and Justin T posters down..

  • May 15, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    To the idiot above me

    by Proman1984

    Yes, I liked the movie. I am sorry if I was to busy having my breath taken away or simply not caring to count the immplausabilities (some of which might actually argued but I won't go into that). Welcome to the world of movies where not everything always makes sense. As for everything else, you got my tastes backwards.

  • May 15, 2007, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by Fineus Fog

    was a suspenseful emotional piece of filmmaking - stop stroking yourselves and get back on topic. The other third director could be James Cameron - he's in NZ at the moment too But does all this put Dambusters on hold - thats going to be frikkin cool

  • May 15, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Did Harry enjoy everything as a kid?

    by hoorayforeric

    Man...this guy really watched movies and read comics!! Not just a few...but everything!! Actually..these are great stories and no better to helm than Spielberg and Jackson!

  • May 15, 2007, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Why do people constantly refer to Harry as the writer

    by Bronx Cheer

    when it's pretty clear that it's Mori or Quint etc? I mean, what does it take to get it straight?

  • May 15, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    TinTin/Barbarella eurocomics cross/over

    by Napoleon Park

    TinTin teams up with Durand Durand.

  • May 15, 2007, 11:32 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    I have a feeling this will be tight and done right.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Anino, you obviously have another source

    by Sepulchrave

    I have Suetonius right here in front of me: the Nero section is only thirty pages long, and that's the ONLY section directly referring to his sexual excesses. The rest is about his luxury, his waste, his violence and his obsession with applause. Read it yourself. And I repeat. Nero was not gay by any normal standard of homosexual behavior, and if you think he is, then Jack the Ripper was a normal heterosexual. I couldn't have a conversation this ridiculous with a secular European. And that's a fact.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Oh and superninja...

    by Sepulchrave

    ...piss off; ten words doesn't get you a detailed reply.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Great! And after this, 3D Asterix and Obelix...

    by Clancy Van Lustbader

    I grew up reading Asterix when a lot of my friends were reading TinTin. Asterix was always a hell of a lot funnier and the graphic style was incredibly slick; simply beautiful to look at. I always thought TinTin looked a little staid or dull in comparison. I've since come to reappraise TinTin and appreciate it for its very minimalist and controlled graphic style, and, of course, the amazing detail inherent in each tale. Yeah, I'd love to see this done right. It won't be easy to pull off but, if they manage to do so, it will be a unique cinematic experience which may just set new standards in bringing a 2D aesthetic into a 3D world. Better not be f'ing Scooby Doo though. Just looking at that garbage makes me want to punch heads. Here's hoping. And yeah, Steve and Pete, think about Asterix too wouldja?

  • May 16, 2007, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Tintin reference in Achewood today

    by Sepulchrave

    Anyone who doesn't read this strip by now is really missing out.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Tell me....... what was TIm Robbins' purpose in WOTW?

    by Doc_Strange

    Cuz to me that just seemed like superfluous filmmaking at its worst. Come on, we spend like 30 minutes or so listening to Robbins' insane rants, then he starts digging a tunnel like it's Shawshank all over again. What the fuck was that? We don't get to see much action in terms of humans vs aliens, which is what the title indicated. Here, I'll reiterate: WAR OF THE WORLDS. Instead all I got was a movie about a shitty father trying to get his kids to their mother. The action, aliens vs. humans, was just filler. The movie sucked balls. <p> Now that I think about it, I think Spielberg's pitch went something like this: What War of the Worlds is about at its heart is the coming together of an estranged father and his kids. Sound familiar? Very similar to his pitch on Transformers: "At it's heart, Transformers is really about a boy and his first car." WHAT THE FUCK?!?!

  • May 16, 2007, 4:28 a.m. CST


    by Pandas

    Thanks for that. I guess the first thing I think about when thinking of American comics is the Superhero genre. You are right about the Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics, classic stuff there. As for some of the people on here saying they can't believe this is getting made while JLA, Green Lantern and so on aren't, I would assume that apart from Tintin apparently being a personal favourite of Speilberg and Jackson, there must be some monetary motive too. Tintin has sold 200 million or so books in 50 languages while JLA and Green Lantern sell, what, a couple of hundred thousand a month (presumably to mostly the same people each month) in the US and virtually jack anywhere else. Personally I'd love to see a Green Lantern flick but literally nobody I know (mostly non-comic book geeks) have even heard of the character while Tintin has a built in worldwide audience of massive numbers. Having said that, I agree with Clancy up there in that as a kid I always preferred Asterix!

  • May 16, 2007, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by DECKERS

    ..just saw the youtube tin-tins--funny shit!!!! Anyways, any Brit worth his salt knows there is only one Tin-Tin: Jimmy Somerville of course:-)

  • May 16, 2007, 7:19 a.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    Sorry, couldn't resist - we call Toys R' Us "We Be Toys" to buck the system. I'll accept your premise about Tintin selling more than JLA or Green Lantern comics, but that doesn't necessarily make Tintin more "iconic" a property. Yeah, maybe moreso than GL, but with the Justice League you got Supes and Bats along with some other great characters, and I'd have to say that name recognition worldwide would favor Superman and Batman over Tintin. What do you think?

  • May 16, 2007, 7:20 a.m. CST

    by Pandas-R-Us - Tintin Green Lantern

    by MTXX

    Speaking of Tin tin and Green Lantern. It's fascinating how those Neal Adams Green Lantern/Green Arrow post-hippie comics made in the early 70s were seen as fairly groundbaking in the US at the time... Yet Herge had been doing his big 'spiritual' inner life masterpiece "Tintin in Tibet" back in 1958, ten year before the hippies wnet crazy for tibet and all that stuff. Originally the book was even supposed to have had an all white cover, much like the Beatles White Album ten years later. Now THAT'S how you're supposed to groundbraking and ahead-of-their-time comics. :)

  • May 16, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by Pandas

    I like that! Good point about Batman and Superman, they are certainly extremely well known here, and probably more than Tintin (although more from the films and tv than from the comics). I doubt most of the other JLA characters would be recognised by an older general audience (apart from comic book fans) although the cartoon is on the tv a lot these days. Having Batman and Superman in it would still generate interest though. As an aside, I always get the impression that in the USA non-comic book fans tend to think of fans as geeks or nerds, but are aware that many adults read them. Here in the uk most of the homegrown comics (with the exception of things like 2000AD/Judge Dredd) are aimed firmly at young kids. Most people grow up with them but don't move on to the more adult stuff. So if you like reading a comic book now and then (as I do) and you try and tell your (non-comic book fan) mates, rather than say "Hahaha you nerd" or something, they look at you with confusion and say "Why on earth would you want to read a comic? They're for kids". It's on a par with telling them you like pe-school kids books.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST


    by Freefinger

    "to the idiot above me" MOUAHAHAAH!!.. You're funny... I'm guessing your just a newbie on this site and want your opinion pasted everywhere.. Next time, stop telling people off before you can't even back your opinion of what makes a good movie.. Story is normally the way to start, even for Sci-Fi, but naturally manmilkers like you do pop up from time to time to tell someone off.. Now.. Go manmilk yourself to Justin Timberlake posters...

  • May 16, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST


    by Abin Sur

    Since I've been raped by many movies that promised one thing and delivered another, having my dick sucked by one would be a nice change of pace. Especially if it's starring Angelina Jolie. ;)

  • May 16, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    You just wasted an entire post without making a single point. This was also the second time you brought up Timberlake. You are a fucktard and that is my point. And fuck off cause I am not gonna reply to any of your "comments".

  • May 16, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    And messi

    by Proman1984

    Even if you were right, and you are VERY VERY WRONG about Tintin's popularity (and believe me by the time this movie will come out Jacksonberger will have everyone salivating over this baby anyway) this guys are making this movie because they want to. That's the main thing. And believe me, this movie will make at least as much as the highest grossing Pixar flick did.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    long article on movie

    by clark_kent

  • May 16, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by MTXX

    you have to put exlamation marks around "Justice League" if you want to get a google result that's in any way meaningful. i get the following: "Tintin": 6.020.000 "Justice League:" 1.250.000

  • May 16, 2007, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Will the be in BELGIAN with Subs?

    by lutz

    Or will the manage to re-dub everything in generic English, giving some poor washed up Hollywood star some much needed alimony fodder?

  • May 17, 2007, 1:57 p.m. CST

    A MoCapTINO? No, thanks...

    by SpencerTrilby

    Keep your CGI fuckfest, Spielby.