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Steven Spielberg Still Batting Leadoff On TINTIN Trilogy!

Beaks here... Good ol' Herge Studios caused a little confusion today when a spokesperson announced that Peter Jackson would be taking over the reins on the first TINTIN movie. "Not true!", bellows The Hollywood Reporter. Steven Spielberg is still in place to direct the initial installment of the trilogy. So there. In case you missed the news the first time around, Spielberg's entry will be written by Steven Moffat (who's won three Hugo Awards for his work on the new DOCTOR WHO); he'll be combining the narratives of "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure". Since TINTIN wasn't exactly required reading in the U.S. when I was growing up, I have no idea if that's a good thing. The Reporter item doesn't mention a start date for the all motion-capture production, but it does remind us that Thomas Sangster and Andy Serkis are still cast as, respectively, Tintin and Captain Haddock. Jackson, who's currently finishing up THE LOVELY BONES (coming to a theater near you, October 9, 2009), will direct the second movie.

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  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    sweet jesus am i first??

    by quantize

    prob not

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Tintin is fucking bad ass.....


    I love the old cartoon.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by Rufus

    Lazy assholes figured they'd put animators out of a job. Grr.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST

    quantize -- you are indeed first


    Cherish this moment my friend. Run to the nearest pub as soon as you can and score try to score some tail with the line, "Bitches bess' open them legs. I be first."

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    an excellent pair to start off with

    by jon pertwee

    lets hope they follow with destination moon/explorers on the moon and the seven crystal balls/prisoners of the sun. and beaks, i suggest you get reading, you'll become a fan in no time.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Lovely Bones - 2009

    by Fineus Fog

    why the fuck is it taking so long to finish this movie - its had a lost Post Production schedule than Kong and LOTR - what the fuck is he doing? CGI Dust particles in every scene- cos you know that dust looked sifferent in the 70's Tintin is fucking ace by the way - but I dont know about mo-cap

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Wow, Lovely Bones has been taking forever!

    by Lyghthouse

    Why has this movie taken so long to make? I don't think this is an effects heavy movie except for Heaven, is it?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:46 p.m. CST

    serkis bugs.


    Kiss of 'cash positive mediocrity'

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Yes, it is a good thing

    by Gelatinousman

    The two books are parts one and two of one story.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST

    man -

    by Fineus Fog

    I gotta lay off the excessive angry typing - my post makes nofucking sense. Tintin's next adventure should be Explorers on the Moon - always loved that one. Tropic Thunder starts in 2 hours - should I go see it?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Aint it cool...ALWAYS 2 hrs behind

    by future help

    that is all. Indy 4 was shit.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Tintin - won't be going.

    by hallmitchell

    2009 is such a long way off for Lovely bones? What's taking so long? I'm sure he's been shooting for a while.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Needs more Temeraire!

    by Veraxus

    When is PJ going to find some time to squeeze Temeraire into his schedule. Never had a fantasy series been so ripe for big-budgetedness.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I've only heard of this recently...

    by KCViking

    could someone point me in the right direction?I assume it's been collected in a trade somewhere.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    I don't understand why the fuck this is mocap......


    Tintin takes place in a fairly realistic world. What the fuck?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Grand Moff-at Steven

    by Amy Chasing

    one of the best TV writers in Britain today. Hopefully he can help Spielberg put some fun back in his work.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Jeez, I forgot about the Lovely Bones entirely...

    by StarWarsRedux

    ...mostly because it's kinda an overrated book. After the suckerpunch first chapter, it's all kinda meandering...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 7:59 p.m. CST

    yeah...and Moffat already quit....


    He was supposed to write all 3 but quit after the first to continue Dr. Who.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    I hate books about rape

    by mefrog

    Seriously. Most of the dramatic narratives about rape are cliched and melodramatic. I read the first chapter of TLB and my reaction was... yeah, seems cliche and melodramatic.<br> <br> Maybe it's because I used to do Oral Interp in high school and watched talentless girls drop to their knees screaming they were raped and calling it "acting."<br> <br> THAT being said... I am still interested in this project simply because it is something Peter Jackson has never done before. And I like his movies. Mostly all of them. King Kong could have lost an hour. His pre-LOTR stuff is great and LOTR is, well... LOTR.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Rin Tin Tin?

    by HB_Dad

    Rin Tin Tin? There, I said it since no one else did!! :-)

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    But... TINTIN!

    by mefrog

    Yeah! Cool! I am interested, though Spielberg has become quite hit and miss... we'll see.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:01 p.m. CST

    But... TINTIN!

    by mefrog

    Yeah! Cool! I am interested, though Spielberg has become quite hit and miss... we'll see.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by mefrog

    Double post.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I thought Moffat quit as well

    by MMacKK

    After he became head honcho on Doctor Who. Please explain? Ill be well happy if he does both.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The third director

    by TheNorthlander

    Zemeckis, right?<br> I mean, it has to be.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Script For LOVELY BONES Is Jackson/Walsh/Boyens' Best Work

    by mrbeaks

    And it was always planned as a 2009 release (first early '09, then later as an awards pic).

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Lovely Bones 2009

    by Mattyboy122

    Fuck sake, PJ is the new George Stevens. Shoots everything from every possible angle and then spends years in the editing room making it into a picture. Not necessarily a knock on the man, though I respect those who have the vision to know how their picture will come together sooner than that, but hey, I guess if he gets the job done, more power to him.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST

    What is this Tin Tin bullshit?

    by Banzai Rootskibango

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:29 p.m. CST


    by Rupee88

    Sadly, I think this will be one that you can't get into as an adult...probably had to read the books as a kid to care. But probably good for today's kiddies of course. I read Barbar, but no Tintin.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    I hope Spielberg picks it up a little

    by Turd Furgeson

    His last few movies have not been up to par with the talent and skill level we usually see out of him.. Here's hoping he finds his inner ET again on this one.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST



    No fucking way would any kid find that show boring.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Is this going to be in 3-D?

    by Rupee88

    After seeing Beowulf, there should be a law that all animated films MUST be in 3D...just f**king incredible if done right.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Please don't fuck up Tintin

    by Gungan Slayer

    Look, whoever directs, just please, please don't fuck up Tintin. I don't know how pissed I'll become if they mess this up.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    the best Tintin books are...

    by gringostar

    The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun. Hope they are part of the trilogy.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Those two Tintin books are sort of a two-parter

    by fiester

    Hey, I grew up here and I read all the Tintin books as a kid, so maybe it's just you, Beaks.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Are you all insane???

    by performingmonkey

    This is a project helmed by Spielberg and Jackson. In other words, it's fucking HUGE. Get over yourselves, you WILL see these movies, they WILL be great, they will NOT be straight-to-DVD like ass-children. Lovely Bones was always '09, a major reason for that being all the bullshit surrounding getting The Hobbit off the ground, they knew they needed more time. Jackson/Walsh/Boyens with del Toro are spending a year writing the two movies, the Lovely Bones release will fit nicely at around the end of that writing process. Del Toro will start shooting The Hobbit around that time, Oct '09. While that's happening Jackson will get to grips with the second Tintin movie. In the meantime we get to have sex with Jim Cameron (i.e. Avatar, IMAX, fuckers)

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Really? Gawd-

    by Judge Briggs

    Who gives a shit!?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    i guess there are no decent literary properties out there

    by illegaltouching

    after the 1st one tanks, they'll regret having 2 more in the pipeline.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by INWOsuxRED

    according to Dark Horizons, Moffat turned down the sequels so he could focus on Who. He also says he isn't opposed to a Doctor Who feature film at some point as long as it didn't affect the series.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin? Never heard of this Tin Tin.

    by worldofwarcraft

    I'm far too excited about Disaster Movie, which will be so much better than Crystal Skull!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Is Tintin like Gabbo?

    by DarthCorleone

    I was going to make some snide remark along the lines of "Who the hell is Tintin?"...oh, wait, I just did. But whoever Tintin is, Moffat is a damn good writer, so I can't be too snide.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Combining narratives in Tin Tin seems strange...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...I mean, they were pretty solidly structured one off stories. Then again, its been a long fucking ass time since I read them, so they probally seemed a kid.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Hope Spielberg makes up for Indy 4

    by SnowDogs

    The second time I watch that movie will be when it's for free on TBS.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 9:41 p.m. CST

    I shanked her pink ass and she LOVED IT!!!!

    by Han Cholo

    Still the only Tin Tin I know. Anyone see him on Prison Break? Dude still looks the same.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by jughood

    I want to read some TINTIN books now. I hope this is good.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    by redkamel

    tintin kicks ass, I hope cant wait to see the Captain and the Professor in real life. And the Thompson twins! ARRR!

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The Lovely Bones

    by jughood

    I thought that it was supposed to come out December 2008? I don't think it was always planned for 2009.... Anyway, I guess I'm kind of glad it's coming out 2009, I don't want it to steal attention away frm Benjamin Button.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Jackson/Walsh/Boyens' best work

    by Irina Spanko

    That's not saying much. And Americans won't go to see Tintin unless they are able to market the hell out of it leading up to the film.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Spielberg doing mocap

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    = unhappy Nasty. :(

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock?

    by Shub-Wankalot

    There's a halibut joke in there somewhere, but I'm too lazy to look.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Am I missing something here? You're a strange bunch.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Will it start with 30 minutes of a ten-yr-old Tintin

    by kabong

    at the family dinner table? <p> Spielberg signature boring.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:31 p.m. CST

    I read The Lovely Bones.

    by Rev. Slappy

    Seriously, what is Jackson doing to it that is taking it this long to make...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Rupee88 and others,,,

    by TheBigLebowsky

    ...are sadly mistaking if they think the Tintin movies will only be for kids! I'm sure Spielberg and Jackson will be faithful to the timeline of the books so they will be period pieces. "Secret of the Unicorn"/"Red Rackham's Treasure" will take place in the 40's for sure, and will be a great adventure movie, in the spirit of "Raiders of the Lost Ark", which reminded a lot of us who knew the the belgian comic books, about Tintin in the first place!...

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 10:45 p.m. CST

    OK, something's weird with Moffat

    by Dataset

    Yesterday, movie sites were posting that Moffat was off TinTin and today AICN says he's on... What gives?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:03 p.m. CST

    pardon my ignorance

    by Phategod2

    But is TIN Tin the story of the little white dude having adventures with a little white Dog. If so I saw a couple of episodes on HBO thought it was ghey and never watched again. I think I'm too young to get (which at 30 I'm proud of that.)

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Nice Crow reference

    by Phategod2

    Thats the only Tin Tin I know too. AKA Eric Dravens 1st victim.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Uneducated Americans

    by Fineus Fog

    Just because you don't know about it - doesn't mean it sucks. Most children in the CIVILISED WORLD (ther I fucken said it) in the late 20th century probably grew up with Tintin. For me it was Tintin and Asterix books - both are a big part of my childhood. I don't know about a mo cap film but I will go see it.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:25 p.m. CST

    mark my word shai labeef will be tin tin

    by Phategod2

    the burgs in love with kid.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Third Director

    by Fineus Fog

    should NOT be Zemekis - Beowulf was fucking awful. Get Jean Pierre Jeunet involved NOW

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Wow.. Do people in Civilized World

    by Phategod2

    have such poor English grammatical skills?

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:37 p.m. CST

    I don't know

    by OptimusCrime

    What the fuck "Tintin" is. I don't think I even care what it is. Does it have something to do with a heroic dog? Lame.

  • Aug. 26, 2008, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by F-18

    I'm being sarcastic, of course. I don't know what Tintin is. I hope it's a dog. I like dogs. Cats, however, I could take or leave. Except Garfield, he's alright.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Spielburg needs to go away

    by disfigurehead

    Hang out on the porch with your buddy George. Eat oatmeal and just stay there.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I hope Spielberg, Jackson and Company...

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Have considered the lessons learned from The Golden Compass (europhile) and Speed Racer (weird looking). I can't imagine this selling well to Americans and will probably make most of its money in Europe and Asia.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Tintin=Belgian Nancy Drew

    by conspiracy

    A boy journalist, his dog, and a drunk Belgian sea captain have "adventures" from the fantastic to the mundane..Basically Nancy Drew with a European flair. However, given the lack of females, and the fact this young boy journalist and his dog hang out with a belligerent drunk sailor, I'm thinking there is more to this story than we are being told.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Soo...this movie will TANK in the US...

    by conspiracy

    but will probably make back its costs in Europe. By the way my wife is Asian, definitely civilized, and has no F'in clue who TinTin is. This property will be focused at Europe, and pretentious wealthy East Coasters who are of a mind that if it originates from "Europe", it therefore MUST be sophisticated.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Tintin was a huge favorite of mine as a kid

    by Teddy Artery

    You have no idea how glad I am that they finally decided to make a movie.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 1:35 a.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    You know the internet is a useful thing. Instead of saying what the f*** is 'Tintin', Google can be your friend (other search engines ARE available). Good choice as a first off 'Secret of the Unicorn' and 'Red Rackhams Treasure' are two parts of the same story anyway. And it's got pirates in it!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 1:42 a.m. CST


    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Yeah, but I imagine the Japanese, for example, would be more open to the story's lack of "badass" qualities than the Americans. Didn't Miyazaki goldfish film make quite a bit of money over there? But I was just thinking that it probably wouldn't even get released in China, after Spielberg's snubbing of the Olympics.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Tintin is awesome

    by the milf lover

    Grew up reading the books, they are all kickass stories. However, every adaptation so far, cartoon or live action (yes there were a couple live action movies back in the 60s or 70s, absolutely horrible) have failed to match the greatness of the books, no matter how faithful to the books they make them. I dont see how a mocap/cgi movie will be any different. Still interested, but I have little hope for anything other than a disaster.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Tin Tin is one of THE great comics of the last century...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...and don't let anybody tell you otherwise. Only thing I'm worried about is that they 'pimp'it to modern times. They need to keep it a period piece (fifty's). If I see Tin Tin wearing goddamn jeans, I'm walking out of the goddamn theater!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by SmallTuna

    Yes! Jeunet or Besson for the third one. <p> Tintin will probably bomb in the US but in Europe it's huge, everybody knows Tintin.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:19 a.m. CST

    post-Jaws Spielberg

    by Prossor

    After Jaws (with Raiders the exception)i find his lighthearted or quirky/dramedy movies to be replacable fluff, technically well made, but still fluff for the sake of fluff. Back then when he just did gritty light budget fare like that and Duel is when he worked best, no nonsense, no bullshit, no 'aspiring for greatness' or his hamfisted 'child like wonder', just straight gritty action. No gushy feel-good family fantasy nauseum that he's been into ever since Close Encounters, I find Spielberg to be unwatchable after Jaws. Back then when he just did gritty low budget fare like that and Duel is when he worked best, no nonsense, no bullsh*t, no 'aspiring for greatness', just gritty action. No gushy feel-good family fantasy nauseum that he's been into ever since Close Encounters. He hsould stop with this Tin shit and keep doing more adult R things.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Tintin = Good; Unicorn = Bad

    by ianlegend

    Yeah so Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham effectively constitute a two-parter and so might fit the confines of a full-blown film better, but weren't they two of the very WORST books? Really lame villains, not particularly exciting locales (especially Secret of the Unicorn, which largely takes place in Tintin's gaff and a country house)... I just don't see this appealing to the average Joe. Shame, as there are some good Tintin books.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST


    by Prossor

    damn copy and paste

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Having just reread 'The Secret of the Unicorn' last week...

    by newc0253

    actually i was reading the original french version, so it was 'secret de la licorne'. but i digress:<p> Yes, combining Unicorn with Red Rackham's Treasrure would be a good thing. Rereading Unicorn for, like, the zillionith time, i was struck by how little plot there is. Tintin buys a model, some people squabble for it, it gets stolen, he finds a parchment, gets the backstory, then gets kidnapped, then escapes and catches one of the bad guys. It's all great stuff, but even if you storyboarded every single frame of the book, you'd still end up with a film that's feels like a starter, not a main course.<p>

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Moffatt was hired to write all three TINTIN movies

    by palimpsest

    but he bailed after the first, when the DOCTOR WHO showrunner job came up. He explained his position to Spielberg, saying basically, this was the job he'd only ever wanted to to since he was seven, and the reason he became a writer in the first place, so Spielberg said not a problem my dear, you run off and have fun with the Daleks. I might be paraphrasing there, but that's what happened.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee!

    by OBSD

    He should direct "Tintin In the Land of the Congo"! UnionJackass, don't bother reading The Road. Here's every line of dialoge from that book: "Papa, I'm scared!" "Don't be scared, ok?" "Ok." "Ok?" "Ok." "Ok? "Ok." Rinse and repeat over and over again for almost 300 pages.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:08 a.m. CST

    "so Spielberg said...

    by Bloo

    ...not a problem my dear, you run off and have fun with the Daleks"<P>I can just hear the 'Berg saying just that too

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    Tintin rules

    by judderman

    The best ones were the ones dealing with China, because those were the ones Herge had a personal stake in. "The Blue Lotus" was his personal tract against the League of Nations for not doing anything to stop the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. But then of course there was all the racism. Has anyone read "Tintin in the Congo"? Is it as bad as they say it is?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by tvspace

    Spielberg hasn't been on his game in years.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:57 a.m. CST

    what up with the Berg Bashing

    by sherlock_junior

    Munich was an epic R-rated masterpiece, with incredible tension, real locations, real for real effects, great set-pieces and very low on sentimentality. Depressing as shit ending. Loved it.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    Great books to start with = BIG movie

    by Subovon

    It starts off as a mystery, we are introduced to the swashbucklin' - naval battlin' legend of pirate Red Rackham, and then it turns into a race to find the pirate's treasure. Lost treasure islands, x marking the spot on a map, home-made submarines, sunken ghost ships.... that's what's in store. Some people think these things in Spielberg's hands will be a box office disaster? Didn't anyone tell them that THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is the template upon which INDIANA JONES was molded?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by Jaws Wayne

    Yes, Tintin in the Congo is pretty embarrasing indeed. (Herge's 2'nd Tintin story). As for "The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun" being the second or third installment in this new series that sure would be great. The other 2-parter that was already mentioned " Destination moon + Explorers on the moon" when done right could be fantastic as well. As for all you Americans who think the whole world was raised on Spiderman, Superman, Batman and their knock-off heroes, think again. These action hero comic books never were that popular at all in Europe, as we have our own comic book legends over here. The Tintin films will do great overhere, here's hopin they do 'em right.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Tintin is the greatest

    by La Frog

    to those nerds who don't know Tintin and are so proud to say so : well, yes my American friends : There are other countries in the world, and other cultures, some even older than yours, who produced incredible works of art. Tintin is just the greatest comic book ever. Get a life, explore the world, don't be proud of being so self-centered. don't be so proud of your ignorance. it just sucks.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Suck A Big One, La Frog

    by Corterville

    We'll blow your fucking country up with our ignorance.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST


    by ArcadianDS

    I hope its about the Unicorn and not that rocketship to space nonsense. All the crazy beards would just be SGI anyway.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    In time for the Rocket to the Moon?

    by Subovon

    What period are these adaptation going to be set in? Present day or in the 40s and 50s like in the books? If it's present day, the EXPLORER books are made obsolete. They're about the first human trip to the Moon. I'd like to see them set in their proper time frame because I hope the whole point of Mo-Cap is to make the movies look like the books. That would be gorgeous. Anyone hear anything about that?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    If the 3rd is directed by a beard, bypass Lucas

    by pokadoo

    Cameron etc...and hire Kevin Smith. He'd have a feild day with this material. Gay Nazi adventure-with swearing!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by The8thSamurai

    I know it allows you to do things that you could never do with a camera, but it's cold and dead and a waste of good actor's time.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    seriously, who the fuck else are you going to get, Ian Holm?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I don't think TinTin will be direct to DVD, but

    by Orbots Commander

    it will likely have a limited theatrical release in the U.S., probably just on the coasts. If it proves a hit, it'll slowly open wider. The markets where it will likely go wide is in Europe, Latin America and maybe Asia. Spielberg is not a dumb businessman; he knows most Americans don't know who TinTin is. By the way, I remember TinTin. I'm of Greek descent and visit relative there every few years. I recall coming across some Greek-language translation of TinTin comics as a kid. I wasn't too impressed with them. There a couple other European comics I liked better. One was a series of graphic novels about a little kid with a beret and a scarf who had superhuman strength. He lost his powers whenever he came down with a cold. Another was a serialized comic that was Spiderman ripoff about a kid with Cat/Panther like powers and wore a Cheetah or Panther skin for a costume. Just my $.02

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Mocap didn't work for Spaghett movie

    by ciroslive

    won't for TINTIN either.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST


    by Abominable Snowcone

    I so don't care about this!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    tin tin sucks captain haddock's barnacles!

    by TurdontheRun

    spymunk, you demented testicle, tin tin will NOT go to dvd. on what logic or industry experience do you base this? its in the process of being cast, prepped and it'll soon be ready to go. so stop dribbling shite all over these talkbacks. and prossor, you scrotal fucking sack, it was all downhill for spielberg after jaws? hahaha, how incredibly reductive! for me, it was all downhill after his night galleries episode! scorsese peaked with 'the big shave'! peter jackson's homemade king kong on super 8 was his apex! everything made after these works is utterly unwatchable! they'll burn the eyes right out of your fucking head!

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    If they get it right, it will be the first movie to make $2 Bill

    by wookie1972

    The people who dis this simply don't understand. Tintin is a f*cking GOD everywhere outside of North America. He is the World Cup of comic characters. I am a little disappointed that they aren't doing the moon story first, but it makes sense considering that the Unicorn story introduces the Professor. I can think of no other movie I want to succeed more than this.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Why not start with Crab With the Golden Claws

    by BeatsMe

    or the Shooting Star. Makes more sense to bring Tintin and Haddock together than to have them already be "friends." Unicorn was never one of my favorites (and yeah, all my friends in the US read these)

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 12:31 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    Crab With The Golden Claws would be okay, but might be a little bit un-PC, as would be Shooting Star.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Stan you're talking out of your ass.

    by Orbots Commander

    Many prestigious movies, by respected directors follow the limited to eventual wide roll-out theatrical release strategy. I never wrote that this series of movies would go straight to video. Next time before you call someone an idiot, read the whole comment. Jackass.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 1:57 p.m. CST

    And what's taking Shutter Island so fucking long?

    by Rev. Slappy

    And what is the name of it now?

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Tintin in America would be cool, too

    by wookie1972

    I'd love to see Cigars of the Pharaoh/Blue Lotus, but again, it would be kind of un-PC with some of the portrayals of arabs and Chinese. I think Rastapopulous is too good a villain to pass up, but by no means should they shoehorn him into another story.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 3:51 p.m. CST

    RE: octagonproplex

    by Phategod2

    Be careful what you wish for Bay is a unadulterated hack that has no Idea of how to direct actor just set pieces look at all his movies most them have star that are doing nothing more then playing themsleves wheremost of the script is adlibbed I'm pretty sure shit would blow up nice but when came to the acting I'd feel sorry for anyone in the theater.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:16 p.m. CST


    by DeadPanWalking

    This whole time I thought people were bashing Peter Berg. I was like "What the heck?!?"

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    On the internets...

    by DocPazuzu

    ....there's something known as The Googles. They can be your friends, these Googles. Ask them anything and they'll answer. Just a friendly tip for you braying fucktards who think you're cool when you say "what the fuck is Tintin?" <p> What's really pathetic is when these very same fucktards with poorly concealed glee talk about how these movies are going to tank. It's like they want things that they don't understand or know about to fail. Seriously, can human beings betray their own poor self-esteem in a more obvious fashion? You sad, sad bastards. <p> Here's a news flash for the assholes: even if Tintin goes down the toilet in America, it's going to make a fabulous amount of cash in the rest of the world. I know that's hard to swallow and that you're desperately trying to think up reasons for why American box office is the only box office that counts, but that's just the way it is. <p> Suck it, haters.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:39 p.m. CST

    It should be dark and gritty.

    by Stalin vs Predator

    No dogs. No Tintins. No France.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST


    by Wants Vaders Executor

    At first, I overlooked this story because in Germany we call the comics "Tim und Struppi" (Struppi being the dog). I didn't know he is called Tin Tin in English. To be honest, I would have doubted that this comic is wildly read in America. <br> <br> Now it's time for a huuuuge "WAIT A MINUTE": Motion capturing? Big budget Hollywood movie? <br> <br> Please don't screw this. Take seven other books I like and fuck them up Hollywood-style, but not Tim/Tintin. He's got heart. In fact, if I were mute and one would ask me what a comic with HEART is, I would hand him a copy of Tim/Tintin.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I am tempted to explain what tin tin is...

    by emeraldboy

    but if I try. I will get my ass kicked or something.. <p> Here is the simple, non rambling story. The tin tin books tell the story of a young cub reporter called tin tin. and his dog called snowy. In herges adventures of Tin Tin, Tin was helped by the grog willing Captain Haddock, two inept scotland yard detectives the thompson twins and professor Cuthbert calculus. Tin tin was created in 1929 and its fans included Charles De gaulle and Andy warhol. The Tv show first aired in france in 1961. and was broadcast in the uk 1962. where it was re-dubbed into english and voiced by peter hawkins. 50 episodes were based on the original books and 5 of which were adapted for the small screen. they all had cliffhanger endings. Peter Hawkins voiced the series, he also voiced Captain Pugwash and the Daleks. Finally in recent years mystery has surrounded Georges Remi's past. ie what he got up to during the war. And as Remi never spoke of it, no one really knows. ie he may have been in the french resistance. we will never really know.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 5:57 p.m. CST

    So people won;t go and see things if they don;t know the books?

    by slappy jones

    so did people know the books of star wars? what about rambo..were people fans of the books? and of course everyone had read the adventures of woody and buzz lightyear. My point is does it matter if people don;t know the books? Speiberg and Jacksons names will seel it in the states. people do go and see things that are not based on other properties so if you were not aware they were books why would that affect your decision to go and see it. Just make a good film.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    sorry that should be...

    by emeraldboy

    belgian resistance.......

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    The trailer had better be mind blowing

    by Phategod2

    I dont think Spielberg or jackson's name is enough to sell this movie in the states. for the general public there not going care about Tin Tin till they see a trailer Hell I don't care about Tin Tin i don't know if the trailer will even change that. But Names attached to the movie dont effect me in the slightest

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    A good recent Spielberg scene...

    by DanielKurland

    DiCaprio shouting "Merry Christmas" as money is flying everywhere, and him and Hanks just look tired as fuck, in "Catch Me If You Can."

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 7:23 p.m. CST

    More on Bay...

    by DanielKurland

    I haven't enjoyed any of his movies, but I watched "On the Lot" and I think he was the only judge that had insightful things to say and was actually making great points. It confused the hell out of me that he seems to know a lot about how to compose a scene, and what is needed in a movie, and can just generally talk about good cinema, but is incapable of making something of worth himself.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 8:02 p.m. CST

    I want Lovely Bones now!!

    by BurgerKing

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Fuck Lovely Bones.....

    by TheWaqman

    shitty novel. And also Mark Wahlberg is a terrible actor, honestly I choked on my own saliva when I heard he replaced Ryan Gosling (the guy who could out-act Wahlberg in 10 seconds). Jackson should just ditch the movie and focus entirely on production for the Hobbit aswell as Tintin 2. Honestly if Lucas stays out of this shit, then the Tintin trilogy should be fucking sweet.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Of course the third will be Zemeckis.

    by TheNorthlander

    He's worked with both Spielberg and Jackson (The Frighteners), and he's got plenty of experience with CG movies.<br> <br> As for the quality of Beowulf, what's that got to do with anything? This is the guy who made the Back to the Future movies, Forrest Gump and Roger Rabbit.<br> <br> He's definetly the most logical choice to direct the third movie.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 8:54 p.m. CST

    NOOOO not Zemeckis....

    by TheWaqman

    I hope its not him. It seems logical to predict it being Zemeckis but I would rather have a Spielberg and Jackson collaboration for the third or Ridley Scott or something.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 9:15 p.m. CST

    They are some confident filmmakers, aint they?

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    It always strikes me funny how movie makers (in this case Spielberg and Jackson) are so confident that they are making plans for the second one without even beginning the first! "Yeah... well I will do the first one, then you come in for the sequel then after that we can get someone else...". Remember that Howard the Duck was supposed to spawn a few sequels as well. I, for one, wish it did have a sequel but thats just me...

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST


    by Subovon

    <p class=MsoNormal>And by that, I mean <span class=SpellE>Herge</span>, creator of TINTIN, comes before George and Steven can create Indy. <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>TINTIN is part of their *history* and it has informed the films they’ve made. Now, Spielberg and Jackson are getting the opportunity to adapt one of their childhood heroes. What can you say about people whose curiosity is so limited that they aren’t interested in what two of the best filmmakers in the world are doing?</p> <p class=MsoNormal>Here is another perspective on how popular TINTIN is in the rest of the world. Comparatively speaking, THE LORD OF THE RINGS was an obscure book and no one living outside an English speaking country knew what a Hobbit was before the films came out. TINTIN, on the other hand, is known everywhere in the world. <span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>I mean everywhere as in, like, the world, you know? Like the whole planet outside of California, dude. </p> <p class=MsoNormal>So all y’all haters just need to stop <span class=SpellE>bein</span>’ <span class=SpellE>inorent</span> ‘<span class=SpellE>Mericans</span> and bow down to the superiority of Belgian Comic Books. Heel!</p>

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Steven Moffat already turned in the screenplay...

    by lynxpro

    Moffat also resigned from the screenwriting duties of the two next films so he could take on the role of showrunner for *Doctor Who* (his first love) come 2010. And since Spielberg is a fan, he was very understanding of Moffat's desire.

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 10:50 p.m. CST

    and you can see the lead actor in...

    by lynxpro

    the Series 3 *Doctor Who* 2-parter "Human Nature"/"Family of Blood".

  • Aug. 27, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Spymunk 13 thats a sad take one America

    by Phategod2

    It's true to somepart, the success of Transformers and most of Micheal Bay's can be attributed to your dynamic, but then you have something like TDK which is a whole different kind of animal. A movie not catering to slack jawed yokels. True, the character is well known but the movie never panders to the stupid masses. Tin Tin Could be a great movie but here in the states its going to have to fly on its own merits, not it's name.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Spymunk 13 -- I can give a fuck how many people see this...


    I'm excited as fuck over this project. If I'm the only one in the theater opening be it. As long as I don't have to sit next to obnoxious cunts like yourself, I'll be good. <p> That is FUCK OFF.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Let Jackson do it, please.

    by zeicee

    Because you can't make a serious movie about Tintin... He hasn't even got any daddy issues (and boy, Spielberg loves those son-dad relationships). Tintin is all about campy humour, and Jackson if any, should be able to pull it off, as he did with Bad Taste and LoTR ending(s).

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:59 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Thanks for proving the point of my post there, chief.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I read that as...

    by Second Try

    Steven Spielberg Still Casting Lebeef On TINTIN Trilogy!<P> <P> It must be the coffee.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I hope...

    by Second Try

    ...they don't rape the stories like they did on Asterix and the Vikings. That sucked.<P> <P> The stories are perfect as they are and don't need to be changed.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    rhino-murdering belgian douche

    by vicious_bastard Zut alors!

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Joel Schumaucher are you serious

    by Phategod2

    Your taste in Directors is becoming suspect. You'd might as well round it out with Paul WS Anderson, and Uwe Boll.

  • Aug. 28, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST

    To Monsieur Corterville about his suggestion

    by La Frog

    "Suck A Big One, La Frog". Not yours, obviously. And btw, I think George Miller should do the third one. Tintin film, i mean.

  • Sept. 21, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Damn YOU, Spielberg!

    by x_dereks_x

    If there is some higher justice in this universe, it will stop this filthy jew from making this movie!