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WHO is writing TINTIN for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson?!?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Who's writing TINTIN? Steven Moffat, that's who. He's a British writer most known for his work on DR. WHO and JEKYLL. I actually just got the first season of JEKYLL... can't wait to check it out. If you haven't been keeping up on the project, it's pretty fascinating. Both Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are big TINTIN fans and they'll both be directing one film each of a trilogy of TINTIN flicks, all done using performance capture technology for a digital 3-D release. The third director has yet to be chosen... but who is going to feel at home there? They can't just go pick anybody... "Steven Spielberg! Peter Jackson! And... McG!" See, it doesn't work. Might be Zemeckis. We know he loves the technology and this sounds up his alley. The trade story isn't too clear, but it appears Moffat is writing all three movies. Thoughts?

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  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST


    by Ech0dek

    I am the first one to post? And without anything relevant to say?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Spielberg! Jackson! Boll!

    by performingmonkey

    You know I'm right.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    interesting choice

    by Bob Muttonchops

    That's certainly a career boost for Moffat though i guess that may rule him out of being the new Who Show Runner. I wonder if he'll adapt Tintin in the Congo?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Fuck you First motherfucking cuntflapped bastard

    by performingmonkey

    You idiot with your 'First?' post. Just get a life.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Oh and it will be

    by Bob Muttonchops

    Jackson, Spielberg and his best mate Michael Bay

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Well, performingmonekey

    by Ech0dek

    I just thought I would do it so a)losers like yourself would post such an inane post and b) because I see so many people posting "First!" and not contributing anything to it, I thought I would do it. So there. Deal with it. Move on, move on.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:20 a.m. CST


    by Zappary

    You had me until 'performance capture'.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I love the Tintin books BUT...

    by peter skellen

    I'm not enthusiastic about this. Spielberg has already mauled The War Of The Worlds and Peter Pan.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    Sounds good to me

    by red_weed

    i remember the tv show, used to watch it after school. I think they had some of the book comic thingies at the library too, i flicked through them once but never really read them. Anyway I hope they make a fun series of films. Motion capture hey? That's so they can realistically render his bulbous head? Hahaha

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:44 a.m. CST


    by red_weed

    What's wrong with performance capture? I mean Yeah it makes freakish spooky walking doll creature thingies that want to eat your soul, but that's usually if they go beowulf and try to make it look unnecessarily real. It could look cool, like monster house. Plus we haven't seen spielburg or jackson do one of these yet, perhaps the right person hasn't had their chance yet. Wait until we see some images... I bieve they choose this rout because they wanted snowy the dog to look just like the drawings, and he would look out of place with live action counterparts. Garfield anyone?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Speilberg and Jackson's time would be better spent...

    by Abin Sur

    On the Justice League movie...I doubt they would make Tyrese FUCKING Gibson a Green Lantern...but I'm not bitter.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Moffat is the man!

    by penhapus

    Only concern is if he's writing three feature film scripts he won't have time for any more Dr Who goodness - go find the series 3 episode Blink or series 2 Girl In The Fireplace for examples of great television.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    The only thing I know about TinTin....

    by Bobo_Vision thats a gay title for a movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Wrote the best new Dr Who Episodes by a long way.

    by Boba Fat

    Maybe some of the best ever. They're also some of the darkest episodes don't know how that fits with Tintin but he's a first class writer.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Good choice in writer.

    by Knuckleduster

    And I certainly don't mind the motion capture if it looks anything as cool as Monster House did. Maybe take off some of that CG shine, though. Don't want Tintin looking like the goddamn Scorpion King, do we?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Moffat is my God now

    by SpeakerWiggin

    Moffat's been my favorite writer in television since Coupling. Then he consistantly wrote the best Dr. Who eps. And even though it had a slow start, Jekyll was also amazing. The man isn't human.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:25 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    is a terrific writer. This is great news, the 'writers' of the Pirates and Spiderman movies will be hanging their heads in shame when they get a load of what Moffat can do. Hopefully this will lead to an increase in quality in blockbuster scripting. Check out The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances 2 part Who story, it's better than most movies.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    You know it's gonna be Lucas...

    by Human Tornado

    ... and he will have Dupont shot first!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST

    "Steven Spielberg! Peter Jackson! And... me!" (snort!)

    by JDanielP

    Ok. I'll go away.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Gotta Be Lucas

    by Bluereader

    Just wait, you'll see! I think that as George gets older that he'll find himself in the directors chair a few more times and this is exactly the type of project that he love - high tech, short, and with his buds. And it will make him a lot of cash!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Spielberg and Jackson team up for third- World's Finest

    by messi

    That's how it is.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:46 a.m. CST

    i agree with hechtal

    by MatDGZ

    in a way. Halo? The Hobbit? Braindead 2? FUCK YES. But then again, i will trust anything Jackson puts his hand to. The man's a genius. Can't wait for The Lovely Bones. Third director - it has to be Tim Story - the legend behind Fantastic Four ROTSS.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST

    If he did Coupling

    by messi

    seriously, that bit where the guy pretends he has a wooden leg, my god that was hilarious. <p> "why did you get rid of the leg" <p> "well it was rubbish"

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    David Lynch

    by Mirrorball Man

    I want David Lynch to direct the third Tintin movie. I really do.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Mo-Cap, Mo Problems

    by Gozu

    See what I did there? I really don't get the fetishistic appeal of motion capture. Maybe someone could explain it to me. Right now it just feels like the Emperor's New Clothes. We're all supposed to say "Wow, that's amazing!" when it all just looks like cut scenes from an XBox 360.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Best Dr Who writer out there

    by turk128

    The best new Dr Who episodes (heck amongst the best ever) have all been writen by Moffat. Heck, Blink barely had 5% of the Dr in it and it still manage to be awesome. With his excellent writing, fans could kinda put up with Russell T. Davies but now Davies is gonna be hung out to dry. It was inevitable that Hollywood would notice.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Do we know if the films will be based on Herge's...

    by Bubba Gillman

    ...stories? I hope so, and think Spielberg should do Tintin in Tibet. Regarding motion capture, I think it makes since here because Spielberg has said the characters will look like they did in the comic.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Spielberg doing a MoCap movie?

    by Osmosis Jones

    Isn't this the same filmmaker who still stubbornly shoots and edits his movies on film? Fuck... :(

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Introducing: Sir Pimpmaster Tintin & coke dealer Snowy.

    by Uncapie

    The captain as their enforcer and the Thompson Twins as cops-on-the-take. Directed by Abel Ferrar.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    The Movie title: Tintin and the Lake of Shit

    by The Duke Of Madness

    There are two scenes I want to see in this film or I won't bother. I want a scene where Tintin and Captain Haddock smash Professor Calculus's head in with a brick in a sock. A scene where Tompson (or Thompson) go to shoot Professer Calculus in the head but the gun misfires.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Steven Fucking Moffat? Spielberg chose...wisely.

    by SpyGuy

    After four of the best episodes of DOCTOR WHO in three seasons, (including one without the lead actors during most of it) Moffat has proved he knows what he's doing. Just don't let this keep Moffat from taking over from Russell T. Davies as showrunner for Series Five in 2010.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Lucas : Dont you dare, touch Tintin!!

    by wowsah156

    No no no!! Keep Lucas away from Tintin. Lucas has 20 years to prove he can direct and has failed miserably. Tintin is too important to be in the hands of a hack like Lucas. Give the third movie to Peter Wright, the director of Atonement.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    I closed my eyes and threw a rock . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . and hit something more exciting and interesting than TinTin for these 2 giants to be adapting to film. Tin Tin? Really? Tin Tin???? My God. I'm baffled.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    They just have to watch out for racial quips

    by theonecalledshoe

    is all. I keep hearing the title and think of rin tintin (a dog movie/show from back when.) Who the heck can rag on Dr. Who?? The show's good sans polyester.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Doctor Sucks Who?

    by The Duke Of Madness

    *Cue "When I was a lad" speech in five* When I was a lad, the early 70s, I watched Doctor Who. The special effects were cheesey as all hell and the actors had to convince you that a foam rubber clam was dangerous. Since the 80s, when special effects took over, the acting chops hit the shit. I don't believe anymore. That aside, Spielberg did his wad as a director when he blew that shark up. If he had done Jaws like Moby Dick then he would have been a auteur. Now, Liam Neeson guilt trip aside, he's just crapola.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Dovtor Who and the cheese factor

    by half vader

    You just don't get it do you? Appropriate name, Spazmo.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    OH. MY. GOD.

    by PVIII

    Please stop with this all motion capture bullshit.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Jaws blowing up

    by Bobo_Vision

    I love Spielberg's ending, and have you ever noticed, that when the shark blows up and Chief Brody laughs triumphantly, he looks a lot like Bill Cosby. Seriously, watch the scene on youtube right now...and then picture him saying "Jellooooo pudding pops!"

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by copernicus

    I normally can't stand the writing on Dr. Who, but somebody insisted that I watch the episode "Blink," written by Moffat. I have to say it is some of the best science fiction writing I have ever seen. I didn't care about Tintin before, but now I'll see it.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:07 a.m. CST

    ...and RATNER????

    by TedSallis

    And Shia is gonna be cast as Tin Tin??

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Always wanted to see Bernard Hill..

    by The Chosen

    .. as Cap Haddock. Too bad they're all gonna be CGI.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Steven Spielberg, Stephen Sommers and Steven Seagal.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    See, that works.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Piltdown Joey

    by m2298

    You might be interested to know that these "anti Semitic graphic novels" are popular amongst Orthodox Jewish kids.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    The UK "Coupling" was damn funny

    by Raymar

    er, will this be funny too?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by SKULL1138

    Your a fucking giant barrel of Monkey spunk, fuck off and die. You brain dead spazmoid, ive seen more sense in a rabid hamster witha penchant for viagra and a hairbrush on the opposite side of the cage as it's water after 2 days of bristle banging. Bawbag

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by danowen

    Great news for Tintin having The Moff onboard. His DW scripts are just quality stuff - indeed, even if you've never liked DW, "Blink" is just genius sci-fi. Watch it. Tintin is slated for release in 2009, and DW's fifth season is slated for 2010. I'd say he could still do DW -- well, unless he's contracted to write ALL THREE Tintin movies.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Call me stupid but...

    by GeekyAnimeNerd79Beyotch

    what the hell is TinTin?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    I say let McG have it

    by hktelemacher

    who the fuck even cares about anything anymore? Seriously.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    RE: GeekyAnimeNerd79Beyotch

    by Right Bastard

    A comic that some people feel nostalgic for. I'm a comic fan, but I've never read it.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Piltdown Joey

    by Right Bastard

    How is fighting for human rights and ending apartheid anti-semetic? People in support of Palestinian rights don't care if their oppressors are Jewish, Christians, or friggin' Zoroastrians. Fighting an oppressive state has nothing to do with racism towards the oppressors. Anti-semitism is a way to confuse the argument; on both sides of the issue. (It gets even more confusing since Palestinians are, in fact, part of the Semitic people. I bet that really pisses of the racists.)

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Spielberg! Jackson! Jodorowsky!

    by the_man_from_Rio

    (sigh)could be cool if a french filmmaker did it...add jean pierre jeunet to list and we've got the most undeserving trilogy of all time. ok...i admit it... tintin's adventures are tintilizing.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I can't believe...

    by Madines Sideshed

    ...they're actually fucking making this pish. Has no one any original ideas left anymore?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Right Bastard

    by GeekyAnimeNerd79Beyotch

    It seems interesting.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Word is the third director will be Scorcese...

    by trojanwilliams


  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Huge Tintin Fan (Comics and Cartoon)

    by 18to88

    I threw up when I heard Peter Hackson was involved in this project a couple months ago. This article only serves to bring up that bad memory. THIS WILL SUCK.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Tintin is the best comic ever

    by Evil Hobbit


  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    tintin rocks, and a film adaption is cool...

    by human2

    But why not live action? Who am I to question Spielberg, I guess, but I feel like Tintin would be better served by a '300' type of live adaptation mindset than a Toy Story look, for example.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Okay, you're stupid.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is a Tintin?

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Isn't he, like, a German Shepard that helped the Calvary? I'm being serious here...what did I miss? Never heard of any other Tintin than Rin. A little help, here?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Kentucky Colonel

    by DocPazuzu

    Wikipedia is your friend.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by Kentucky Colonel

    Yeah...I know...but isn't that cheating?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:04 p.m. CST

    This is great news for Tintin

    by Lighthouse

    Just got done watching Jekyll a week ago, and it was fucking brilliant. Gives me a lot of hope for this project.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by :-o

    C'mon. You know it would be a funny capper.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I'll give you a hint of who's gonna end up as Tintin

    by The Artist FKA Vesuvio

    It starts with Shia Lebou.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Moffat wrote the best episodes of Dr Who

    by Ray Gamma

    Moffat wrote the clever creepy ones in the recent series of Dr Who, as opposed to the silly gay ones with people dressed as cats.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    OMG! HE is GOD &DID THE UK COUPLING the best show EVER!

    by Proman1984

    This MOVIE ALREADY OWNS. Steven, I love you! What an absolutely wonderful and completely fucked up hiring decision. Forget about Doctor Who, he is BEST known for writing the funniest and cleverest show ever, seriously. This is going to kick so much ass it's not even funny. I'm like overflowing with excitment now.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    MOFFAT OWNS! Seriously this is BEST NEWS EVER

    by Proman1984

    I am still smiling about it.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Motion capture? Call Ralph Bakshi!

    by Spandau Belly

    That guy loves rotoscoping! I hate it, it's creepy. It feels like some living house of wax or something.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:47 p.m. CST

    No one remember Press Gang?

    by richiejohnston

    Five series of one of the best comedy dramas of all time, all written by Steven Moffat. Shame most people dismissed it as a kids show.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    will there be gay hobbits?

    by Prossor

    or a lysterine ghost army to save the day?

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Well done on living up to your name. Moffat won the Hugo two years running for his Who work. Here endeth the lesson.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Ech0dek: Big ups

    by thebearovingian

    Welcome to the upper crust of AICN.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    third director

    by Fineus Fog

    has got to be Jean Pierre Jeunet - he has said in interviews he would love to do an animated film and he has the visual chops too. If Lucas comes any where near this project it will be destroyed

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    Tintin was Alan Tracy's squeeze from Thunderbirds.

    by Uncapie

    There you go.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 5:46 p.m. CST

    For the love of God, no performance capture!

    by comedian_x

    All the subtle movements humans do look like shit in animation. And those eyes -- those dead fucking eyes.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah right Uncapie

    by half vader

    Alan was camp as a row of tents! He wore a zebra print jacket for chrissakes - they even went shopping together (in Paris I think although I might be making that bit up)! ;D <p> Piltdown - "egoism"?!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Mo Cap

    by Jaws Wayne

    I (like millions of other Europeans)know the Tintin books really well, am a big fan of the series and I think Mo-Cap is absolutely the most exciting way to go for translating the books to the screen, really really looking forward to these movies. Yes, Jeunet would be a fine choice indeed as third director. These movies are gonna be worldwide smashes, no doubt about that. How cool that millions of Americans of whom I bet 99.9 % have never ever heard of Tintin will get to know Herge's characters because of Spielberg's and Jackson's love for his terrific comic book series. Here's hopin these movies are actually gonna get made. I really hope they stick to the stories of the comic books. Here's the stories I would love to see the most turn into films; The Seven Chrystal Balls, it's follow-up Prisoners of the Sun, Land Of Black Gold, Tintin in Tibet and Flight 714. But I would love to see any of 'em get made.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST

    DOCTOR WHO and Moffat rule

    by UMAGA

    All haters can shove their Buffy and Firefly DVD down their throats and bite my ass. I don't know how popular Tintin is in North America, but I used to watch the cartoon all the time as a kid. It was awesome.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 8:20 p.m. CST


    by Laserbrain


  • Oct. 2, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST


    by Bubba Gillman

    An artist makes some of the most popular and acclaimed movies of our time, which affords him the opportunity to pursue projects he actually has an interest in. How dare he!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Brilliant choice!

    by Terry the geek

    Moffat's Doctor Who episodes were excellent. He also created the greatest comedy series ever, UK's "Coupling"!!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Yeah how dare he make a movie about his Childhood fav?

    by Proman1984

    Give me a break. That said I think the project that Spielberg really should be doing is Lupin III live action.

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Good one, half vader!

    by Uncapie

    That one made me laugh!

  • Oct. 2, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Seems like you mean egotism

    by half vader

    more than egoism, Joey. Similar, but different (feel like I'm back in the Wall-e thread).

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Press Gang!

    by Mr_Sinister

    What a great show. I remember being into this around the same time as Degrassi, which it was much better than. It had pre-AB FAB Julia Sawalha and she was terrific. The Linda-Spike stuff was always good. Gabrielle Anwar was in it too for a while. Remember Sadie Frost and Claire Forlani appearing in it also? Anyway, yeah the UK Coupling was great, but I'm yet to check out much of the new Dr Who.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 5:05 a.m. CST

    See the quality of Moffat's dialogue

    by hrogthrar

    From his first show, Press Gang. He's up there with Whedon for dialogue.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 5:06 a.m. CST

    god this stupid forum

    by hrogthrar

    reconstruct the url yourself.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 5:15 a.m. CST

    TinTin will go over like a lead brick in the U.S.

    by Dingbatty

    Not a judgement, just a prediction.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Doing bad in the USA

    by Jaws Wayne

    Guys, time will tell, but I think you're both gonna be very wrong. I don't doubt hardly any American knows Tintin, but I bet that will change overnight once these movies come to theatres. It's not like those movies are not gonna be advertised correct ? Do any of you have any idea what the stories in the comic books are like ? Don't you think there's gotta be a good reason why Spielberg and Jackson are looking forward to making movies from the Tintin books ? If they start making the films, the first one is I no doubt at least 2 1/2 years away. I think these films are gonna do phenomenally well in the USA, just you wait and see.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST


    by m2298

    I didn't even want to get into politics, just make an observation. Anyway, to further stir things up, Wikipedia has the following: "The occupation of Brussels ended on September 3, 1944. Tintin's adventures were interrupted toward the end of The Seven Crystal Balls when the Allied authorities shut down Le Soir. During the chaotic post-occupation period, Hergé was arrested four times by different groups. He was publicly accused of being a Nazi/Rexist sympathizer, a claim which was largely unfounded, as the Tintin adventures published during the war were scrupulously free of politics (the only dubious point occurring in The Shooting Star, which showed a rival scientific expedition flying the Flag of the United States and sponsored by a man called Blumenstein). In fact, the stories published before the war had been unequivocally critical of fascism; most prominently, King Ottokar's Sceptre showed Tintin working to defeat a coup attempt that could be seen as an allegory of the Anschluss, Nazi Germany's takeover of Austria. Nevertheless, like other former employees of the Nazi-controlled press, Hergé found himself barred from newspaper work... Tintin's exile ended on September 6, 1946. The publisher and wartime resistance fighter Raymond Leblanc provided the financial support and anti-Nazi credentials to launch the comics magazine titled Tintin with Hergé."

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Moffat is TV writing God. I'll watch anything he's

    by CrichtonAstronut

    involved with. Seriously, Coupling. Best comedy ever. Empty Child/Doctor Dances. Brilliant. Girl in the Fireplace. Still get sad everytime I see it. Blink. Genius. Fresh cast of characters getting minutes of screen time and I loved them all. Heard Martha's moving to Torchwood. If that happens. That Sparrow chick should be the Doctor's next companion. Tate's all right as a guest, but Sparrow would be brilliant in the long run. And Jekyll. That's made him a lock for Writing God status. Riveting right up to end. Gets better and better and left me screaming for more. The dialogue is a thing of beauty. Gibna Bellman and James Nesbitt are the standouts, but everyone comes out great. The lesbian PIs and the former friend are particularly fun.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Heard some other names tossed around...

    by C00L DUD3

    but Zemeckis would be a good call. I love what I've seen so far with Beowulf...(all of the zombie-comparisons, are getting old and played-out...get over it!!!)...and think he could do really well with the already animated TinTin...

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    So wait, you mean this film could introduce America

    by half vader

    to something - gulp! - NEW? God forbid! Why are they doing this?! <p> What sort of warped perspective sees this as "money down the drain" Krack (or were you being dry)? Maybe it could mean no "extra" money from America, but so what? I could make a couple hundred mill O.S. if it hits big (remember the LOTR film only cost 80something American each), and if the actual Comics are anything to go by they'll rent their tits off 'til kingdom come. People on these TBs go apeshit about doing things "for the fans", but this doesn't warrant making because the fans aren't American?! There weren't that many of the the comics relatively speaking, but God only knows what umpteenth printing they're up to now. That and Asterix were about the only comics school libraries have ever stocked. They're sort of popular. It's a bit like (North) Americans not being able to admit any sport they play (possible exception of tennis) pales into insignificance besides Soccer and therefore being dismissive. I'm not even a soccer fan, but come on, you can't really contest that. <p> Sorry if I'm misinterpreting you, but the way you wrote that comes off like they might as well not bother to make it 'cause it may not make a cent in the States. Just because film is supposedly an "American art form" (how insular and nowadays well, arrogant) doesn't mean the foreign filmmakers count any less. So many people are dog-in-the-manger about Hollywood and cinematic territorialism. Shouldn't EVERYONE make and enjoy movies? Anyway if I got you wrong I apologise.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by half vader

    To stay sort of on-topic, one of the many things I love about Thunderbirds is the writing structure. The device of having the climax at the halfway point and then revealing it to be a stepping stone to the main climax is just fantastic. <p> It holds up too. My Dad introduced me to it when I was a kid, and now my kid loves it too. Neither of us were told "you should watch this" though. Tellingly, although my boy loves the actual machines in that turd of a movie (which weren't bad let's be fair), the story (!) didn't hold his interest for long before he went back to the old series (no hinting from me). Great stuff. <p> I wonder how long it'll take HIM (italics) to realise Alan's a screaming queen though.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Spielberg, Jackson, KENAN.

    by Son of Hades

    You know it makes sense.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Krack, if they can sell Ice Age they can sell Tintin

    by Proman1984

    This will be HUGE, both in US and outside. You are too quick to jump to conclusions.

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Tintin's hair will thicken SUBTLY...

    by couP

    Nice choice. Could be some interesting casting. Greengrass for #3!

  • Oct. 3, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST

    O.K. Krack

    by half vader

    So you are an Americacentric idiot then. I gave you too much credit. Europe is not enough to make a blockbuster eh? But America is (you realise over the last couple of years 'foreign' profits outweigh 'domestic' right?). Whatever. You're in the union I guess. Oh hang on, what am I saying. Of course you're not in the industry. Probably not out of highschool judging by your reasoning. <p> If you're right that it won't be successful in the States because people don't ALREADY know it (what sort of chicken-and-egg thinking is that?), then your logic is pretty sad and basically you're saying your countrymen are a bunch of mouth breathing trogs who need everything predigested or at least to be a remake to some extent. If I was American I'd slap you. Wait. I've got family there. I'll make a call... <p> Soccer sucks eh? You're so witty. Yes, everyone ELSE is crazy.

  • Oct. 4, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Speilberg! Jackson! SHATNER!!!!!!

    by TallBoy66

    Yeah, I dare you to come up with a better idea to complete that trio. I motherfucking DARE YA!

  • Oct. 4, 2007, 11:16 a.m. CST

    O.K. Tallboy

    by half vader

    Here are 3 ideas. Bay (he's so right for the material! can't you just see it?)! Roth! Boll! Oh hell, just give SS and PJ the arse and let these guys do one each. We shouldn't have to choose.

  • Feb. 27, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    This movie will own!

    by Proman1984

    Oh yeah!