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Empire has the first images of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's Tintin!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm more ignorant than usual when it comes to Herge's Tintin. I couldn't tell you the plot to one Tintin adventure, I couldn't name more than a few Tintin characters and I only know those because of other pop culture references. But I'm actually kinda happy that I'll get to experience this world via two extremely talented filmmakers who are so passionate about the source material. That's not guarantee the movies will be amazing, of course. I've seen a passion-fueled movie sizzle before. But no matter what I think this is going to be interesting. Empire has the first look at the flick, with a cover image even a dummy like me recognizes as being a key image from the comics, and a pair of stills from the film. It has a very Pixar-ish look overall, which is a little surprising. I think I was expecting more photo-real Zemeckis style and less cartoony, but from what I understand that fits the material. Anyway, I've included one image below that you can click on to take you to Empire where you can see the cover and another still from the film.

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  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    The only Tintin I know is Rin

    by Blanket-Man

    And that's the truth...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST


    by CooGuy


  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    hope it;s good, but both Spielberg and Jackson

    by Stifler's Mom

    are coming off the worst movies of their careers.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:19 p.m. CST

    As a fan of Tintin

    by NADO

    This looks amazing.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Hooray for creepy motion capture humans!

    by jimmy_009

    Why go with cartoony characters over creepy "realistic" humans when you can straddle the fence with the worst of both worlds and please no one.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    So I guess Jean Claude

    by TurquoiseNapalm

    Van Damme was unable to convince Spielberg and the higher-ups to give him the starring role. Damn it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Very Tin-Tin-y

    by jasper Stillwell

    I like the idea of approaching this material - more power to any Speilberg/Jackson collaboration. But I'm wondering, that apart from 40+ year old men reliving their youth, just who else is going to get that excited about this to be honest.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Well, they do look like the characters

    by terry1978

    That's all I can really say about that. I was thinking they'd be a little more exaggerated in tune with how the drawings look with their Popeye-like tone, but that would probably have been even creepier.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST

    ...and yes...

    by jasper Stillwell

    I'm very aware of the European market.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Wow - very cool.

    by Dharma4

    Too bad it doesn't come out until December... or next year. Dammit.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:28 p.m. CST

    J'ai le bof

    by Zone55555

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Jackon is overated

    by Witwiki50

    his Cg work isnt too good tbh, the black lines are clearly visable on Kong, especially during the dinosaur scene. Im not a fan of Tin Tin. Being from England we had it on tv all the time when we were kids and i just dont see what the hype is all about, it was never too good a story. I thought i was going to be seeing something mind boggling but these images are very normal, seen it all before, infact, the hair can be paired with that of Monsters Inc, Which was made years ago. I hope speiberg isnt losing it, i know hesgetting old now but he should always have ambition. He should look to Sir Alex Furguson for inpiration. Scooer manager for 25 years and still in the same club with the same ambition, to win everything!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST

    The CGI looks like its from one of those french adventure

    by KilliK

    videogames,which is a good thing,although i expected more photorealism.but i am sure the facial expressions of the characters will be top-notch since they used Avatar's mo-cap technology if i am not when is the first teaser ready to be released?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    Anyone still buy film magazines?

    by therootstheroots

    I look forward to the day when empire crumbles.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    It looks EXACTLY like a Zemeckis film, who are you kidding?

    by CrystallineGreen

    I'm sorry but this is awful. There is nothing Pixar in this, the whole look is basic mocap/dead eye/Zemeckis horrible. The dog look dead like a stuffed animal on the cover, the capitain Haddock will scare people - me included - for life, and that shot on the boat, Haddock's body pose looks so not natural (shoulders, shape of the arm), it's just a pain to watch. It's horrendous, Spielberg had such a great cast to make a LIVE ACTION film, yet he went for this shit, I'm super disappointed and there is no excuse for this fucked up concept. Shame on them.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    They look like them from behind

    by Tandemar

    But up close Captain Haddock looks like someone you'd cross the road to avoid. And Tin Tin looks just like some kid with a strange hairdo... hmmm I'll reserve judgement until I see the movie. Here's hoping.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Tintin and the Golden Fleece...

    by workshed

    ...was the perfect adventure film and is still one of my favourites. I think the fact the Americans don't know TT so well is a blessing because I think this is going to be big.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Isn't it just a male version of Annie or something?

    by sweeneydave

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Too Tintinny . . .

    by Nice Marmot

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Should be a massive tax write off

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    Frog shit

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Tin: "Fuck Fucking You!"

    by TheJudger

    Best Tin-Tin youtube video ever. <P>

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    So not interested

    by scrote

    anyone else? I'm probably just getting too old for this shit....

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    I'm interested due to Spielberg's and Jackson's..

    by Orbots Commander

    ...collaboration, but the movie itself? I have zero urge to see it. It should make for interesting behind-the-scenes footage though! I'll wait until Redbox gets it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Movies like this are always

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    HUGELY expensive...and not much else. Shame

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is the only reason

    by kwisatzhaderach

    I have any interest in this. The worst Spielberg film is light years ahead of the other blockbuster shit we get shovelled these days.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Right on the money, Dr Poo

    by scrote

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST


    by scrote

    the cartoon series...our family always turned the thing off as soon as it came on...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Can't imagine this has any kind of appeal

    by vorlonkosh

    Can't figure out why they would want to make a movie out of this.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

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

    by Han Cholo

    Only Tin Tin I know was that dude from The Crow with the knives. FIRE IT UP, FIRE IT UP, FIRE IT UP!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Orbots Commander

    The worst Spielerg flick I've ever seen, and to the man's credit there really only 3 bad ones, and one or two mediocre ones, the worst is by FAR, 1941. <p> It's more of an interesting failure though, because of the superstar cast, but the bombast is grating and the slapstick comedy is unfunny and more important, not earned. The worst scenes are the ones with the nerdy guy in the glasses and his talking dummy, stuck on a Ferris Wheel.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Where is the demand for Tintin?

    by Scrunchie-Scroochie

    Seriously, I can't see there being any demand for Tintin stories. This film is going to struggle.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Still, though I don't think it's a stretch to call Spielberg...

    by Orbots Commander of the greatest film directors of all time, and probably my favorite. I mean, even Hitch had Topaz.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    The Crab with the golden claws!

    by Gorgomel

    This pic is directly taken from the comic book when Tintin first meet Captain Haddock. If Spielberg and Jackson pull this off this will be the best movie coming next year. Cant wait!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    They look really creepy...

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    Surely mo-cap is the way forward for the horror genre so we can be terrified by unsettling CGI people.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    This movie will fail in the US

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    No one gives a shit about TinTin.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by Ronald Raygun

    "Anyone still buy film magazines?" - indeed. I remember back in the days before the internet was so integral in our lives I had a subscription to Starlog, Fangoria, Premiere and that fucking horrible piece of shit publication Entertainment Weekly.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by aversiontherapy2

    More Polar Express zombies. None of the warmth or character of the books.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Looks like shit.

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Could not have less interest in this CG fucking toon.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    A.I. was one of the ten best films of the past decade. The film craft in it is astonishing, even if you don't like the story. So not sure what you're getting at. Same with Always, you may not like romance but the shot construction and camera placement is incredible. I like Always and A.I. but I realise it's not 'cool' to like them. Fortunately I don't give two shits about that.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    why did i assume this would be live action?

    by FleshMachine


  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Orbots Commander

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Right on. The sophistication of Spielberg's visual storytelling is pretty mindblowing. The shot in War of the Worlds of Tom Cruise seen through the baseball-shaped hole in the glass window is film storytelling on a level the likes of JJ Abrams and Michael Bay could never reach. <p> 1941 is pretty good fun though, if wildly uneven. Some great stuff in it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:26 p.m. CST

    You sure this isn't Jaws 5?

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'd love to see The Beard return to his roots.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by FleshMachine

    you are neither powerful, nor correct. this will make slpenty of money. since when does someone have to be familiar with the source material for the film to be a hit? you think everyone who sw lord of the rings read the books? hardly.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    The Berg aint old

    by TheJudger

    his parents are still here! he will be with us for a long time!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    As a big Tintin fan I can't wait!

    by Johnno

    Though I'll need to see these characters move and talk before I'm sold on how good the performance capture is...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin is not French you dumbs,he is Belgian.

    by KilliK

    -i am a Belgie,not a Frenchie.heh.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Looks good so far

    by estacado1

    I really hope they look good in motion too.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    This won't do meh business in the U.S....

    by Orbots Commander

    ...because of the unfamiliarity with Tintin here. It'll do meh business because, aside from stylized CGI Pixar-ish children's films, motion capture animated films aping human characters (see: Robert Zemeckis over the last decade) have generally not been something audiences have warmed to, for good reason. Zemeckis' Beowulf would have been amazing as live action, but the mo-cap ruined it for me. It's a technology (at this stage, for now) that I find distancing as a viewer.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Lady Gaga as the Castafiore!!!

    by Gorgomel

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I feel genuinely sorry

    by Son of a Butch

    for Americans who are unable to comprehend that there is more to the comics medium than superheroes. Then again, some reluctance to accept anything else is to be expected when your brains have been fostered on nothing but endless amounts of the same shit for half a century.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    No K9, no Cop, not interested.

    by jimbojones123


  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Spielberg is a geek

    by Gorgomel

    he likes Tintin and video games, just like my dad. Medal of Honor was way cool. His son, Max Spielberg, didn't direct Jaws 19 yet but at least he worked for E.A. Games. Oh well...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Looks spooky. Not gonna see this one.

    by ricarleite2

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST


    by kaijuturtle

    please be good

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    What's the benefit of motion-capture-to-animation?

    by Chewtoy

    This film has been in production for ages, so it doesn't seem to be any kind of time saver over regular animation. As I recall, the budget for last year's "A Christmas Carol" was ridiculously huge, so it doesn't seem to offer a major savings of any kind. Why go this route at all instead of straight out animation or live action?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    huh, i thought this was gonna be live action!

    by newc0253

    clearly i thunk wrong.<p> i also disagree with Quint, because if anything it looks a little too-Zemeckis-y, rather than not Zemickis-y enough. not that i disliked Beowulf - i actually thought it was really good - but this brief glance makes me think Snowy/Milou looks like Scooby Doo and Captain Haddock looks like something out of the Polar Express.<p> but this is a brief glimpse and I'm prepared to give Jackson and Spielberg a whooole lotta slack, not least because i'm pretty sure they've got ambitions beyond Zemeckis's stuff too.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    PJ is the only guy to direct 3 EPIC movies AT THE SAME TIME!!

    by chadiwack

    So to say he is untalented or a hack just shows your ignorance of cinema or at the least what it takes to make a film, let alone 3 epics. When you win a crap load of academy awards THEN maybe you can say shit but until then. Put up or Shut up.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:01 p.m. CST

    DrPoo what EXACTLY about RINGS was overrated??

    by chadiwack

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    give your opinion but at least give something to back it up.

    by chadiwack

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Dr Poo has poo taste in movies

    by awepittance

    The only people i've heard say Heavenly Creatures was boring are small children or people who have absolute shit taste in movies. Which category do you fall in?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Like Jackson, love Spielberg

    by SithMenace

    But I really couldn't care about this any less. In fact, up until about 60 seconds ago, I thought this was a live action feature.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    this mo cap stuff is not the sum of its parts

    by motorcycleboy83

    avatar was stunning but the mo cap thing is having trouble getting across its "brilliance". if have to explain the process to people your in trouble.its like explaining a joke.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Isn't it just a male version of Annie or something?

    by slone13

    No, moron.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST

    LOTR could've been a disaster

    by SithMenace

    Just look at the Rankin-Bass version to see how wrong it could have gone. <p>In fact, if you take the time to see what Jackson and New Line accomplished with LOTR, it's really mind boggling. That thing should have derailed 1000 times, and should have been nowhere near as good as it was, but they made it work, and then cleaned up at the Oscars.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Placid & Muzo will be next!

    by Gorgomel

    I warned you!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST

    TinTin may be just familiar enough for Americans to avoid

    by Chewtoy

    That seems to be the trap for any adaptation... Things that are familiar to an audience may be a draw, and things that are completely new to an audience may be something to discover, but things that fall inbetween risk becoming something that audiences look at and say "oh yeah... that's for those fans of (X), not me." TinTin might be just famous enough that Americans recognize it as some weird European thing that exists but they know nothing about and hence pass on it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Dr Poo do you know how the oscar winners are picked?

    by chadiwack

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    "I've seen a passion-fueled movie sizzle before. "

    by Son of the Suns

    You mean like King Kong. Lucky the director of that isn't on one of these.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I can't wait

    by Chariowalda_Barbarossa

    I cant wait to see this movie tank.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    ah yes, American insults. Just don't

    by vorlonkosh

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    There is no experation date on good adventure stories.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I am a 40+ male who was a big Tintin fan as a kid, but clearly there aren't enough others like me to make this film a hit. I don't think, however, that familiarity with the names and characters is going to make or break this film. The Tintin stories were great, classic-mold adventure stories and classic adventure never dies. Treasure Island, Tarzan, Indiana Jones, etc. A hint of mystery, the question of the supernatural, gun play, fistscuffs, chases, danger and a touch of humor; these things are what Tintin has to offer. If the movie delevers these things properly, then the audience will respond even if they've never heard of Tintin before.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    zemeckis mo cap films did poorly

    by motorcycleboy83

    this will do the same.tintin for starters isnt hip enough. we live in high tech gamer culture. kids cant relate to this retro stuff that meant so much to their parents.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    yes, we have no interest in TinTin.

    by vorlonkosh

    Most of us, anyway. You can have it. I'll take our superheros over this any day, even the lame ones.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to watching this...

    by ShabbyBlue at the box office. People in the United States aren't going to bother with this crap, and Jackson/Spielberg are no longer "sure things" when it comes to making great movies.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Andy Sirkis

    by teddy_duchamp

    is a cunt

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:23 p.m. CST

    If it looks like an interesting story

    by SithMenace

    and has a touch of mystery and supernatural like the above poster mentioned, I'll give it a shot. There's just something about mo-cap that creeps me out though.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST shoulda gone live action

    by teddy_duchamp

    there is no art in this cgi method. draw it with a pencil or brush or fuck off. Computers are for maths, downloading porn and emailing.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    it will probably be a huge hit in France and maybe the rest

    by KilliK

    of Europe,but i dont see it to be the same hit in the rest of the world and especially in USA where the variety of the Ninth Art's artwork is limited only to characters wearing their pants outside.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Looks Creepy...

    by aphextwin

    didn't know Spielberg still got it to scare audiences

  • it was filmed in a Greek island if i am not mistaken.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:28 p.m. CST

    If Tin Tin is so awesome...

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    How come I've never heard of it? Not even a peep? None of those images or characters look even the slightest bit familiar.</p><p>I had at least heard of Astro Boy and that exploded like a bug on a windsheild. With Spielberg behind it I'm sure that won't happen here, I'm just saying that at this point I have no interest in the project.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    This is going to be HUGE

    by slone13

    The international box office will be staggering. A fan base built over 80 years. Over 200 million books in print, translated into countless languages. It doesn't even need to make a dime here in the states. And it's painfully obvious by the idiot talkbackers in here, most Americans are too ignorant to know who Tin Tin is anyway.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:30 p.m. CST

    he Reluctant Austinite you are right.and i guess thats what

    by KilliK

    SS saw in Tin Tin,maybe the kid version of an Indiana Jones franchise.anyway.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Tintin is huge in Europe

    by Saracen1

    I spent most of my younger years overseas, so I grew up reading Tintin. Needless to say I love it, and I'm looking forward to this adaptation.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Equinas had a horse named TinTin

    by Stuntcock Mike know the rest.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Herge was a genius

    by peter skellen

    And anyone who never read the Tintin (or Asterix) books growing up missed out because they are absolutely wonderful and still fun to read as an adult. Tintin in Tibet is one of the greatest graphic novels ever printed. I'm not sure I really want a CGI Tintin film (the characters will never sound how I imagine them to for starters) but I wish people would stop acting as though Tintin was some obscure and naff thing no one has heard of.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    I had the Tin Tin game

    by Bentley_Bear

    for my Atari 520 ST Loved it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    If Tintin is relatable, that's where it will succeed

    by terry1978

    I know in the stories he has a tendency to be somewhat of a Mary Sue, but on the flip side I'm not saying do a deconstruction of him either. Just give him somewhat of a younger Indy vibe, where he's talented and courageous, but doesn't always win and sometimes steps back and says, "is this crap REALLY happening?"

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Looks dreadful.

    by Royston Lodge

    So say we all.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Cgi humans in films have an interesting approach...

    by Rameses

    To make them look real , the cgi texture artists go overboard with skin blemishes /pores, moles ,colouring and defects ,Where as actors on film tend to be so made- up they look perfect and waxy.In trying to make the cg humans look real , they end up looking too focused and textured to convince .More grotesque than photo real

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by cifra

    Boycott it before Asterix and Mort and Phil (Mortadelo y Filemón) go next in this raping sucession. Too late for the Smurfs, already.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    will the movie have the racist undertones of the GNs?

    by KilliK

    since you know Herge,apart from a genius comic creator,was also a racist?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    I love people who bash succesful directors

    by shutupfanboy

    Really says a lot about them. Too bad most of the people are too lazy and fat to actually make a movie. Its easier just to criticize, enjoy the red sky in your sad small worlds.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by crazyhorse2099

    Probably. Everybody's a little bit racist. And the ones who say they aren't are liars.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Tintin books are GREAT...

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    ...but not sure any movie will every translate. The more overblown they make it, the worse it will be. There's something about the drawings in those books that are an end in themselves... no movie seems to be required.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Spielberg, Jackson and a Steven Moffat script?

    by palimpsest

    No reason to think it'll be anything other than splendid.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    They'll have to sell this one hard

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    no one knows or cares about "Tintin"

  • comics.Actually i think Lucky Luke has a better chance to become a hit in USA,than Tin Tin,because it's about the Wild West and most of the comic's humorous stories are based on popular events,characters and even actors who have played characters of that era.<br /> <br /> <P>Mr Spielberg if you read this,and Tin Tin becomes a hit in USA,please do try to make a Lucky Luke movie as well.and no the three LL live action movies they have made until now are pure crap.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    The SPEED RACER movie was supposed to be "Huge" too...

    by ShabbyBlue

    ...and it was a collosal box office bomb. It had a fan base that spanned several decades too, just like Tin-Tin supposedly has, so the fanbase argument isn't enough to guarantee the success of this film.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST


    by warsinthesun

    This could be the first time we see successful use of mo-cap with humans as subjects. Zemeckis has failed with every attempt. If there's a director who doesn't fool around when it comes to cgi it's Spielberg. Cameron being another. And Cameron showed us that mo-cap can work.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    "just like Tin-Tin supposedly has"

    by Son of a Butch

    Yeah, "supposedly". That's it, keep wearing your ignorance as a badge, moron.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    fuck this shit

    by nightmute

    I used to believe in the Beard. Now, he is just an old man who has lost it. The best days are behind him. His masterpiece is Schindler's List. But his big rolleroaster movies are long gone. He ruined Jurassic Park. I read the book before I saw the film. I wanted Jaws on land and I got ET with teeth. Bullshit. You are a disgrace, Beardy. You had your day. Now, you are just waiting to fucking die. God rest your beard.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Blisterin' Barnacles!

    by capt.haddock

    I think this looks alright. I'm a little wary of the dead-eyed look of motion-capture stuff we've seen but I think this approach is vastly superior to any live action Tintin we may have seen. You've got to keep the character looks intact and this is way to go. I think this could be awesome and if we get the best we can from Jackson, Spielberg and Wright, it has the potential to be amazing. Color this namesake excited!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I totally believe in Spieldberg.

    by peopleintrees

    Munich is one of my all time favorites and you know Spieldberg doesnt fuck around when he's passionate about a movie.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Thundering Thypoons ! Looks very ZEMECKISH.

    by Se7en

    Not a look I was hoping for. Call this MEGA FAN a bit dissapointed. Still reserving my overall judgement until I see something moving.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    loserguy3000 however you look at it,Herge was a racist

    by KilliK

    and living in an another,less progressive era might justify it but it does not change that fact.the good thing is that Herge had officially regretted that prejudice of his and that honors him.but still some of his GNs do cause controversy in this matter even today and for good reasons.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by crazyhorse2099

    "No one knows or cares about Tintin". You're completely clueless.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by Ivan_Mtl

    That will be the sound heard around the world when TINTIN opens. This is a guaranteed blockbuster! I grew up in Montreal, QC, and my parents are from european origin and I can tell you right now that TinTin is one of the most recognizable and beloved fictional characters in the world. I taught myself to read when I first stumbled across "TinTin: Prisoners of the Sun" at my local library at the age of four (I just had to know what the characters were saying). His silhouette is as instantly recognizable as that of Mickey Mouse or Charlie Chaplin's little tramp. Think Charlie Brown and Snoopy meets Sherlock Holmes meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. There is a HUGE audience for this material as the books have been published in 73 languages and the characters first saw print in 1929. From this first image released, I can tell you that they have already hit a home-run.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Smells like the Golden Compass????

    by Professor Falcon

    Are you fucking high?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    I don't get it...

    by thegeorger

    They say they went for CGI as opposed to live action so as to "keep the stylised caricatured faces... looking like Hergé’s artwork" yet instead, they make CGI characters that look as different (if not more-so) from the cartoon as live action actors would. It looks like they just made generic, brightly colored, Pixar, kiddie versions of them. No style whatsoever. If done properly I think a live action version would've looked way cooler, CGI was just a lazy answer to the problem.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I like it when fanboys use the word 'overrated'

    by donduck

    Because the word gets tossed around meaninglessly in the community.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I literally squeeled.

    by pills_26

    I love Tintin, and have been waiting for these films with baited breath. Am so relieved they've stuck to the cartoony feel of Herge's drawings rather than fall back on Zemeckis' crappy photo realism. Very, VERY excited!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by Professor Falcon

    "Underwhelmed" is another one that the fanboys live to use.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    what about

    by scrote

    overwhelmed and underrated?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham story is probably my favorite Tin Tin story. This should be good.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Because no one demanded it!

    by Raymar

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST


    by F-18

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Have no idea what Tin Tin is..

    by kidicarus

    But looks cool.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Spielberg and Jackson may have been inspired by Tintin as kids..

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    But they've surpassed the need to adapt the character by recreating the modern adventure film with "Jaws", "Raiders", and "Lord of the Rings". <p> This is a horrible fucking idea. No one cares, and it just shows how out of touch with reality Spielbitch has become over the past decade, as, along with his friends Luca$$, Camermoron and Zemecsucks, he's been seduced by the allure of throwing tons of shiny CGI on-screen and raking in billions of dollars from fucking fucks.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Also, love how Spielberg had to mention

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    how "atmospheric" and "film noir" the film will be, almost as if to apologize for the boring, crappy looking "first look" we've been given. <p> Sure, Steven, and Indy 4 won't utilize unnecessary CGI, Lincoln and JP4 will happen, and you'll use your position to help foster in the next generation of talented visionary Michael Bay and JJ Abrams. And Jon "Fat Fuck" Favreau.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Wake me when they adapt Asterix to the big screen...

    by Hesiod2k7 a big budget American production. (There are a series of French live action Asterix films). I read Tintin wehn I was in middle school, and it was a-ight. But, a big budget movie?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Sorry for all the "fucks"

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    But I don't really fucking give a fuck. <p> I'm so frustrated and bored with what's coming out of mainstream Hollywood at this point. Someone make a movie that isn't insanely brain-dead, PLEASE!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    kidicarus brings up a good point...

    by HansBubi

    ...most kids, teens, and even 20-somethings have had no exposure to Tin Tin their entire lives. I suppose this can be a good thing if it means a fresh, clean introduction to this story, or it can be a bad thing if young people watch the previews and feel like they're out of the loop on this story, and they ask, "Who the hell is Tin Tin?" Even as a fan of Scott Pilgrim, I can call this the "Scott Pilgrim Preview Effect," which involved audiences asking, "Who the hell is Scott Pilgrim?" before dismissing the movie.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    the French live action Asterix films are unwatchable

    by KilliK

    generally speaking,with some rare exceptions,the modern French humor has reached the bottom of the barrel,and this comes from someone who is a huge fan of the 60s,70s and 80s french comedies.i dont know why,maybe because of eating too much onion all these years? anyway.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    This is SHIT

    by OptimusCrime

    Why should anyone be happy that "two of the best directors EVAR" are wasting their time and talents and this worthless project?<P>Tintin is about a boy and his dog who fight crime or something, and both of them are French. I'm not even sure which one is Tintin, but I assume it is the dog. This project just seems bizarre. Fuck these French crime fighters.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Looks great. Christmas Carol was the best use of

    by UltraTron

    3D IMAX we've seen yet and just needed D-Box to make it the greatest Disney ride-film ever done. The characters look fantastic- just like animatronics with the ability to move anywhere. Polar express(despite some creepiness and animated steven tyler) was groundbreaking and amazing in 3D IMAX.(name 3 other digital movies as detailed as Christmas Carol and Polar Express really quick off the top of your head. Well let's see there's Beouwulf.. Well there's not that many)The new Cameron tech is so simple it's amazing they didn't do it before avatar but it's really the same thing animators have been doing- it's just perfect eye reference now. Anyway what is there to complain about? Are you afraid that if a movie comes out with digital characters it will ruin that scene in The Burning with the hedge clippers? Frankly Pixar's Toy Story 3 humans are not even remotely as advanced as Heavy Rain on PS3. There's more convincing emotion on the character's faces in heavy rain. I love Toy Story 3 and the Pixar "humans" were fun and a means to an end during the early years. Now we are quite unlimited and can move well beyond them. We've seen the perfect balance struck and I have faith that this will be exceptional work.  Just keep Lucas the fuck away from it and it should be fine. I want a digital R-rated Miazaki epic over this but like you- I'll just have to eat whatever they sling into my cage and hope it digests. Perhaps I'll grow from having eaten it. Perhaps I'll shit it on the cage floor and slip around in it  

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Looks Like Crap

    by frankenstone

    Seriously, stop destroying everything I loved when I was a kid.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Tintin was big down here in Brazil

    by PedroM

    around the middle 90´s. Never read the books, but i was (and still am) a big fan of the cartoons. Yet, that still of Haddock... i dont know, mixed feelings. Not a fan of those Zemeckis mo cap movies, even if the technology evolved ever since, mixed feelings here.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I haven't heard the name Tintin...

    by Audio_of_Being probably close to 20 years, not since the cartoon show was on CBC saturday mornings. Hopefully the movie captures the spirit of it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Why is "Tintin" not in capitals?

    by vadakinX

    Not a complaint, just curious since all headlines on AICN have the title in all capitals. I guess "Tintin" isn't the actual title but even so I was still surprised. <p> Yes this talkback post is meaningless.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Tintin movie? suck my cock.

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    yeah that cartoon rocked, back then!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Bin or trash

    by Thehairyhandedgentwhoranamucinkent

    In the retro text the nation jingle do you prefer bin or trash? I'm a trash man myself. Joe is an amazing writer so this should be great. SAVE BOGGINS!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Looks Cool!!! I Love The Respect Paid To The Original Material

    by Media Messiah

    Good going Spielberg for getting it right!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by beeman31

    That word would be fizzle. Sizzle implies positive, which I doubt is what you meant...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Tin Tin?

    by HapaPapa72

    He confided in me before he ran out of breath. Wait. Wrong Tin Tin. Is this all that's newsworthy since 11am?!?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Repeat after me...DOMESTIC & OVERSEAS FLOP

    by planetran_fan

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Jackson was passionate about KONG, and without..

    by planetran_fan

    ...someone to hold back his ego, overindulgence, and poor casting (Jack Black shouldn't star in ANYTHING) it became a bit of a mess. And Spielberg's a whore now. Wait, when wasn't he?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    MAN, SERIOUSLY...does anyone care?

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    I mean, this feel like another POLAR EXPRESS. Another film to ignore completely

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    And that folks, is all you get from me after working a double.See ya in the funny papers!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by rangerspartan

    I'm a bit leery,but I have to agree with idrinkyourmilkshake. I hope I don't eat my words and this becomes the highest grossing film of all time.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I seriously doubt this will be the flop you all think it'll be


    Regardless of what you all think of Spielberg and Jackson their names alone still hold considerable weight with the general moviegoing public.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    As someone said above, this will be HUGE

    by slone13

    Regardless of whether or not you like it, to think otherwise makes you an ignorant fucking idiot.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    PISS, actually

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    the casual audience cares more about JJ Abrams, Michael Bay, superhero crap, and the "flavor of the month", IE Avatar, Pirates, ETC, then Spielberg or Jackson at this point. Sad but true.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    People still think of Spielberg as the greatest


    Even if we don't.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Jack Black wasn't the problem with king Kong.

    by Hesiod2k7

    1. It was way too fucking long. 2. Adrien Brody.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I'd actually argue the opposite:

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Adults and film geeks still love Spielberg, but Tintin's target audience is kids and teens. <p> Kids and teens are into Transformers, Harry Potter, Pixar, superheroes, Pirates of the Caribbean, ETC. Not Jaws, Close Encounters, Raiders, Ryan or Jurassic. If teenagers know Spielberg as anything it's as the producer of Bayformers. They don't watch anything that came out more than a coupe years ago because it's OLD, and as we all know, "old be gay, yo! It ain't ghetto"! <p> ^^ A gross generalization, but pretty accurate, from what I've seen.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Re: Fa_Tass

    by SK229

    Sadly, I have to agree. I don't think either name counts for much anymore... it's been long enough since Jurassic Park and even Saving Private Ryan that the public no longer really associates Spielberg's name with that kind of mass audience big box office magic. Hell, many had him dead in that regard after Hook, and that only came out two years after Last Crusade and two years before Jurassic Park. So how do you think the ADD-addled audience feels about him now, if anything? At best, he's remembered as that guy who made a bunch of classic commercially successful movies a while back followed by some classic artistically successful movies. The idea of the Hollywood god 'SPIELBERG' is nearly something people think of as in the past. With Peter Jackson it's even worse... to a mass audience, he only ever had LOTR, which the public also sees as one big movie. If he doesn't have one or two more hits soon, his name will carry very little weight... until it does again, and that always takes coming out of left field with some mega-hit movie that connects and has excellent word-of-mouth. Always a possibility but never a guarantee.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Actually, even "adults"

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    may be too broad a term for Spielberg's remaining fans. The casual audience has VERY short memories. When was the last time Spielberg was really big...1998?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Tintin won't be a flop. It will be a big hit.

    by Hesiod2k7

    The reason is because animated family films generally do well at the box office if they areresonably well made. Plus, Spielberg is now a family entertainment brand name that will give this movie instant credibility with audiences who will show up to see it. It's been a while since Spielberg was directly involved in a purely family-oriented project. Unless you count Crystal Skull -- and that did gross over $300 million domestically. Jackson also still has some name brand credibility left over from the Lord of the Rings films, even if the fanboys have soured on him lately. There was nothing seriously wrong with Kong Kong that a really good producer who had the ability to edit his way too fucking long film down to a maneagable size couldn't have fixed. But, all taht being said -- I am not all that interested in seeing a Tintin film, much less one that has creepy, animatronic looking animation. It would have been better to go with straight up computer animation, in my opinion.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    SK229, yep...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Good summary. We posted at the same time, so my "adults" comment was in reference to what I posted above, just to be clear. <p> But yeah, I think you just about summed it up.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    BTW, hopefully "The Hobbit" will be Jackson's "Raiders"

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Things were pretty bleak for Spielberg after he followed up "Jaws" and "Close Encounters" with "1941", of all things. Ditto Jackson, whose follow-ups to LotR just kind-of sizzled out, (actually, "Lovely Bones" barely arrived at all). Hopefully "The Hobbit" will make Jackson a big name again, the way "Raiders" did for Spielberg.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's name is no guarantee

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    He hasn't had a truly gigantic hit since Jurassic Park, coming up to twenty years ago. Right now the only two "names" that almost guarantee BO gold are Nolan and Cameron. Spielberg and Jackson are like two bloodied and bruised prize fighters, they've lost a few fights and they're trying to recapture their glory days. Tin Tin won't bomb, but I can't see it doing spectacular either.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:54 p.m. CST

    This movie is a kids movie. So, Spielberg carries weight.

    by Hesiod2k7

    Even if 20 somethings don't associate him with the megahits, 30 and 40 somethings surely do. And they will be bringing their kids to this film. And, while Crystal Skull was kinda lame (mostly due to Karen Allen acting about as well as a High School kid in a local production of Fiddler on the Roof) it still made over $300 million domestic gross.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    agree this could flop

    by BeatsMe

    the stories are just too dated - and not fantastic enough for today's audiences but that doesn't mean I'm not excited personally

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Spielberg's lack of megahits was because...

    by Hesiod2k7

    ...he didn't go out and seek megahit movie material. He was making films like Catch me if You Can, The Terminal and Munich. Not exactly going to be bringing in big box office. I think part of the reason Crystal Skull was so dissapointing was because Spielberg was rusty. He hadn't made a mvie like that in a long time (not since Jurassic 2, really. I don't count War of the Worlds. Not a fun adventure flick). Whan a hll of fame QB is out for a yearf (see Tom Brady) it takes a while to get his rhythym back. I think Spielberg needs to make a couple more of thsoe type of films to get back in the rhythym.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    I remember when people here thought Avatar would flop.

    by Hesiod2k7

    ROTFLMAO!! Those were the days.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    Fa_Tass, when I went to see Indy 4 it was packed with kids


    Most looked about 8-12 years old and they were almost pissing themselves in anticipation for the new Indiana Jones movie. <P> Sure, the kids all love their Transformer movies and superheroes but they'll have also seen a handful of Spielberg movies in their life and would make Jurassic Park 4 as big of a hit as any Harry Potter or Star Trek reboot

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    I wonder if they'll play Haddock

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    ... as a drunk!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST

    or not.

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    Herge always played Captain Haddock's booze problem mostly for laughs, but I wonder if that will be tweaked for concerned parents or whatnot.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_ At_AICN

    by slone13

    Indy 4 made 800 MILLION DOLLARS. It's the 30th highest grossing film of all time. That means there are only 29 other movies in the history of cinema that have made more money. If you don't think that's a "truly gigantic hit" you're fucking insane.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Goddamn.. How can anyone doubt the Burg or ackson?

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    and you call yourselves fucking film geeks??????

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Goddamn.. How can anyone doubt the Burg or jackson?

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    and you call yourselves fucking film geeks??????

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST


    by spectacles

    If there is one thing I've learnt about the talkback, is that most of you are consistently wrong about BO forecasts. According to you lot, LOTR and AVATAR were going to be complete flops.. in the most vile I-really-want-to-see-these-bastards-fail kind of way. Mark my words, TinTin is going to be huge.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    And you can't call Jackson a bloodied prize fighter either


    Not when The LOTR trilogy made over $2,000,000,000 worldwide and King Kong over $500,000,000 worldwide. Okay, The Lovely Bones wasn't a massive hit but then it wasn't a big tentpole movie either.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    PISS, well, you were in a different theater then I was...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    But that's heartening! Good to hear...still not sure about Tintin, however. :P <p> BTW, just announced at ToRN, James Nesbitt is Bofur, "a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf". <p> To hell with Tintin, I need The Hobbit! NOOOWWW!!! Or in two years, I guess... :(

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I'm with spectacles

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    the amount of mis-information from most of you assholes is pulled straight from your assholes.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    WOW! A shot from behind to show off their asses!

    by Big Dumb Ape

    Seriously, WTF? These are the stills they decide to release to the media? A "from behind shot" while resting on a lifeboat?<p>To say I seriously don't give a rat's ass about either of these movies at this point, because I feel ZERO energy coming from them, would pretty much sum things up!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:31 p.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    AI, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Crystal Skull, Transformers, King Kong, and The Lovely Bones. That's how!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:32 p.m. CST


    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    Indy 4 had a huge built-in audience. It was a hit but was it a phenomenon? Jurassic Park made over $900 in 1993. In today's econmomy that would be around $1.5bn, maybe more. So I stand by what I said - his last truly gigantic hit was JP.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape the link has more pics showing their faces

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    How can we doubt Berg or Jackson? Easy.

    by Big Dumb Ape

    It's because both of them have been making less than stellar movies. Jackson's KONG was a bloated mess in desperate need of an editor and BONES was a snoozefest. And Spielberg has been phoning it in for years now, since it's clear that somewhere along the way he grew up and decided he really wanted to make adult films. But every so often he'll shit out a film like a WAR OF THE WORLDS or INDY 4 to try and keep his geek creds alive. The only problem being the movies have sucked royally and they're but a faint specter of the cool movies he USED to make.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Domestic flop. International hit.

    by Zardozap2005

    Tintin is extremely well known in most euroupean countries. I'm calling huge box office overseas. Here, not so much. About the only ones who will know who tintin is, probably read his adventures in, I think it was Children's Digest (Reader's Digest for Kids) over 20 years ago.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Planty, every movie doesn't have to be a phenomenon


    If not being a 'phenomenon' makes a movie a flop then nobody would be making any money. the problem with Spielberg is that he was on such a high for so long that everyone tends to criticize him more harshly than most other directors. His only real flop was 1941 but because he's had so many movies that have become like you said 'phenomenons' that when one isn't people deride it as a failure.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    right on

    by rangerspartan

    Slone13 is right, man. Indy 4 was popular because people wanted to see him on the bigscreen one more time even though it was "OK". it was NO phenomenon. John Travolta was.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:41 p.m. CST

    Big Dumb Ape, we weren't debating whether or not it'll be good


    Simply whether or not people will go to see it based on the 'Spielberg/Jackson' brand.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    War of the Worlds was a classic burg movie.

    by UltraTron

    One of his best actually.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Goddamn- Poltergeist is a shithouse movie

    by Carl's hat

    Caught it last night on TCM. Saw it back in the day at the cinema and even as a 12 year old wasn't overly impressed and as much as i like Spielberg (he's a link to old Universal television), Poltergeist is terribly cheesy with a sucky sountrack and horrible pacing. One minute the kid is sliding along the kitchen floor and it's all so cute and fun, next the little boy is dragged out of his bedroom window in a storm and also eaten like a chicken nugget by a fuckin' big ugly tree. A tree! Shitty movie that has rotted with the passing years.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    UltraTron, yes, it WAS a classic Berg movie...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    called "Jurassic Park". A man learning to be a "father figure" while ushering a brother and sister through an environment of extreme danger? <P> Seen it, Stevey.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah Poltergeist hasn't aged particularly well


    But Spielberg didn't direct it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Scott Pilgrim

    by Dataset

    Watched it for the first time last night. Stayed away at the theater due to you whiny bitches and your 19 year old "film aficionado" bullshit. Amazing film. I'm buying the blu-ray and anything you hate I will now see first run. So go play some Halo before I slap you in front of your mom.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Kevin Costner's Recycled Piss

    by Planty_McPlant_Plants_His_Plant_At_AICN

    That's true, but a director of Spielberg's magnitude is not judged the same as everyone else. He's had one box office phenomenon (Jurassic Park) in 17 years, and by his immense standards that's below par. I'm not attacking his record at all, but Cameron is now the "blockbuster king" rather than Spielberg.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    I agree with you about Cameron


    But I still think Spielberg and Jackson are big enough draws to get a decent box office even for some little known european comic book movie.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Hooper did direct it but...

    by Carl's hat's got Spielberg's paws all over it, The suburban music, the kids, the yummy mummy, the cheesy slow zooms on characters, the way he likes to stage his shots. <p> For what it's worth William Faulkner, I much preferred The Haunting (1963) which was on before it last night. And tell me Paranormal Activity didn't borrow heavily from that movie.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:11 p.m. CST

    I hope Captain Haddock gets to....

    by banditmania

    pitch some furious woo at some lady.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    wasn't this supposed to be non-CGI?

    by frank cotton

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Fuck this "phenomenon" talk

    by slone13

    Any movie that makes $800 million dollars is a truly gigantic hit.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    conan obriens steaming pile of shit online

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    bring back arseeeenio! woof woof

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:44 p.m. CST

    In South Africa Tintin is fairly well known and

    by southafricanguy

    the cartoon was popular back in the 90s. I myself grew up reading the the books, and I certainly appreciate them. But I just cant get interested in this. Firstly, the animation looks too much like the Zemekis mo-cap films to me (why the hell duid nt they just do this live action?). Secondly, as ive read the books and seen the cartoon adaptations of them, why would I want to see this? I already know the story from tow other mediums...Why do I want tp pay to see it again?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    That lifeboat shot is a classic panel from the book

    by terry1978

    I recognized it right off the bat from when I read Unicorn at Barnes and Noble a while back. If they're trying to recapture certain scenes, it should be a pretty interesting endeavor still.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    And imho it could easily go either way as far

    by southafricanguy

    as b.o is concerned. I personally think it will do just fine thanks to Spielberg and Jackson attached, and the international fanbase. But there really is no reason to think it will be huge. Firstly, sans LOTR and Indy (which are huge draws unto themselves regardless of who is behind the camera imho) what big hits have Spielberg or Jackson had in the last decade? And as others pointed out both Speed Racer and Astro boy have huge international generational fan bases, and both of those landed with resounding thuds...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Killik.....there is a live action Lucky Luke film

    by southafricanguy

    made, its French, and I believe its being released at the end of this year. I think you will find the trailer for it on youtube....

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck you SAGUY

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    your country does not concern us. stop mentioning how cool SA is because it isnt. ive seen it and it was the worst experience ever!

  • Or how about Lil Abner? Lil Dot? a $100 million all CGI version of Snuffy Smith? The Goon movie STILL doesnt have a studio attached to it,yet the suits are apparently willing to blow a fat sack of cash on comics that havent been read since my grandpa was a kid. Do you people not remember that we recently had a movie about MARMADUKE??? Fucking Marmaduke people!!! I mean...What The Hell????

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    50 years to late, honestly

    by strykebr

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Negative Bill Faulkner..and by the way..

    by Carl's hat

    ..when was the last time you saw Poltergeist? I had some friends over to watch it last night and we were all disappointed. I'm a big horror fan and would genuinely like to know what yo like about it.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    it totally did!

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    too fast

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Show Zero gets a zero from me

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    he said one lame joke! "good one boss" --- okay that one was funny

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:20 p.m. CST

    steven spielberg gets a life time pass

    by ORIONgods

    he can make shitty movies for the rest of his life. nothing will take away from him making raiders.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    "Cameron is now the 'blockbuster king' as opposed to Spielberg"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    In-between 1997 and 2009, James Cameron made two movies. Spielberg made TEN. None of those films made Titanic or Avatar money by themselves, but combined, I'd bet they outgrossed both films. Making the two highest-grossing films of all time doesn't count for much if they're seperated by TWELVE FUCKING YEARS.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Agree with you on the clown..

    by Carl's hat

    That has always stayed with me and it holds up. Funny true story that the boy actually couldn't breathe because they had it too tight 'round his neck. Also the scene with the paranormal team there is cool. You're right about the memories it invokes, hiding under the covers watching "The Night Stalker" on tv. Even liked the researcher who looked like he'd just come from Kool n' the Gang. But it gets overblown with the special effects when the spirit comes down from upstairs. It's a movie designed around special effects. The story, well there isn't one to speak of. the scene with the meat on the counter and the guy tearing his face off in the mirror..pure hokem. The whole building on an indian burial ground smacks of Jaws with the mayor who wanted Amity's beaches to stay open. <p> Don't get me wrong, Spielberg is a living legend. Duel, Jaws, even Something Evil all great. Just think Poltergeist is overblown and overrated. Still appreciate and mostly agree with what you wrote Bill Faulkner.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    WTF is Carl's Hat on about?

    by Dead_Flag_Blues

    Poltergeist is the shit, man! How can you speak ill of that fine little flick? Faulkner gave a good rundown on the high-points of that movie, but he forgot the most important thing... <P> The motherfucking SCORE! The Great Jerry Goldsmith at his fuckin' best. <P> Makes me wanna go put that shit on right now...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Oh, and what the FUCK is a "Tintin"?

    by Dead_Flag_Blues


  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by Moonman777

    This looks creepy as fuck. I'm one of the biggest Spielberg fans ever but this just looks ridiculous

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Tintin! Fuckin' A! Can't wait for this.

    by Joely_Boy

    Tintin is awesome. Senor Speilbergo is awesome. Therefore, the Tintin movie will be awesome.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    i'm sorry but...

    by NorthTronic

    this is an expensive pet project, i just asked my girlfriend who Tin-Tin was and got no response, like King Kong this is not really needed. like one of the guys said here it might make it in Europe but not here, times they are a changin.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Watching scenes from Minority Report on cable...

    by ufoclub1977

    Spielberg has so much more thought and technique in his shots than Cameron and Jackson combined. They shoot and stage movies "on the nose" with no depth. Spielberg throws in so much more... he just needs a great script. But what's he got to prove now? He's won best pic twice hasn't he? Made many movies that had more viewers than anyone in history. His movies have so much layered reference to film history and culture both past and present. I think it goes over most people's heads... even educated film critics.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:32 a.m. CST


    by THX1968

    Great filmmaker, but I hate his CGI stuff, as groundbreaking as it supposedly is. He should get back to good ol' celluloid ASAP. I know shit about Tin-Tin, but the Pixar llok is totally the way to go.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Micahel Bay to do Memin Pinguin?

    by Chief Joseph

    I hear the Hispanics love that racist comic.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    Holy fuck, no!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Those pics look kinda shitty, really. Like a failed mishmash of CGI and real photography.<p>Hope this looks way better when animated... o__O

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    I used to love Tin Tin; looks good to boot

    by RedJester

    Color me intrigued!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    Oh god, please...lets not have.......

    by sam jacksons wig

    a)Unsettling Spielberg sentimentality.<br><br> b) Huge background "God light" seen in evey Spielberg movie to date so you know it's a movie by HIM...<br><br> c) Annoying "twee" brats..(erm...)<br><br> d) Fucked up Spielberg continuity flaws <br><br> e)Infantile moralism <br><br> f)Oversimplification and sanitisation of anything dramatic <br><br> Heavy handed emotional manipulation <br><br> g) A huge bombastic score!!!!!<br><br> Infact, fuck this movie.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:45 a.m. CST

    About "A.I." and "Always"...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    "A.I. was one of the ten best films of the past decade." Err...definitely NOT. Quite the contrary: it was one of the ten most disappointing films in movie history. It was supposed to be a Kubrick mindfuck but ended as a silly, sickly-sweet Spielberg borefest.<p>Same with "Always": "the camera placement is incredible"? Seriously? That's it? In my book, "Always" is a horribly overrated, overly long, and overacted would-be romance.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    I don't see the Pixar-ish look

    by catlettuce4

    These look like some kind of creepy inhuman flesh beings. It's a little bizarre.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    I agree with the OP

    by Rocco Curioso

    People hear "Tintin", and they immediately associate it with Rin Tin Tin. Sufficiently embedded into the American pop culture consciousness to make them think this movie is about "a boy and his dog".<P>Which probably isn't a good thing. Lose the wistful man-child nostalgia thing, Steven... it no longer suits you.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    sam jackson's wig

    by hulkiest

    I'm with you. I can't stand Speilberg outside of Raiders and Temple of Doom. He ruined one of my favorite memoirs, Catch Me If You Can. RUINED IT!!! With his leaden touch and inability to tell a story about a unabashedly criminal character. (Had to add that scene of Leo just RUNNING! RUNNING!! To get away from it all! Ugh! And don't get me started on Oskar Schindler's I COULD'VE DONE MORE" speech) Anyway, all these clowns saying Tin Tin is for Europeans and all that, fine, stick with your Adam Sandler movies. But Tin Tin was probably the funniest comic I read as a kid and I'm a damn proud to be American. The problem is, Speilberg and Jackson are too ham-fisted to get right what makes the comics so great in the first place: The way the characters spritz any time they're shocked or taken for a loop. It's the quiet, subtle humor in the books that make them so memorable. And neither Speilberg or Jackson have demonstrated the ability to do anything quietly or subtly in both of their bodies of work.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Dioxholster......I cant even take your pathetic

    by southafricanguy

    insults seriously you sad, stagate obsessed loser. You are just too damn stupid. I fell like im making fun of a retarded kid...I guess by saying Tintin is known in SA im saying SA is cool?? Uh...sure, whatever. But then you did accuse me of being anti-American because I said I was anti-facist, thereby saying that America is a facist country and insulting your own country...but then you are just that fucking stupid...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:16 a.m. CST

    And I really cant take anything you say about

    by southafricanguy

    South Africa seriously either as you are far too ignorant and dumb to have the slightest idea of what you are talking about. Worst experience? Yeah like you have ever been out your mom's basement you mongoloid twit.....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:17 a.m. CST

    All you know about the world is what you have

    by southafricanguy

    learnt from Stargate...and thats just scary....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:51 a.m. CST

    From an european perspective...

    by AsimovLives

    ... it's weird like hell that you guys in USA don't know the TINTIN comics. They are HUGE! Really huge!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:55 a.m. CST

    At least with this TINTIN movies it's supposed to look cartoony.

    by AsimovLives

    ... instead of those creepy motion captured movies that robert The Hack Zemeckis has done recently which are supposedly to look photorealistic but are anything but. And the least said about the humans in those movies looking like creepy dead eyed plaastic zombies the better. At least with this TINTIN movies there's a reason and a good justification for the artificiality of the look of the movies.

  • walkie-talkies? not that he has done that before,nooo...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:59 a.m. CST

    what is Rin Tin Tin? a brand for tooth-paste?

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    I've never heard of Rin Tin Tin either


    Is it like the Littlest Hobo?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Hey yanks...US is NOT actually the centre of the universe

    by quantize

    stupid fucks. Tin Tin is fucking huge on the rest of the planet. Don't blame us you're ignorant.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Kevin Smith = Uwe Boll

    by crashcow

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    "It's going to be huge. It has two great directors behind it."

    by JackPumpkinhead

    "It has an enormous fan base and its popularity has lasted decades. So what you haven't heard of it, I'm telling you it's going to be a smash..." <p> <p> Just making an observation, because the above is more or less what has been said about "Speed Racer".

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:25 a.m. CST

    wait its cool to hate steven spielberg now?

    by ORIONgods

  • Speed Racer was known inside the US, so you're point is kinda silly. A shitty movie is a shitty movie. That's why Speed Racer was not a smash

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Speed Racer is the ultimate LSD extravaganza

    by Joely_Boy

    It's made for acid heads. Fuckin' awesome movie

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:03 a.m. CST

    I'm European...

    by Flibbertygibbet

    and the right age for TinTin to have been a massive part of my childhood. Except it wasn't. It was one of those shows that I just turned off. Never understood the appeal. To my mind, my Septic friends, you missed precisely nothing.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    It is a book you know.

    by Joely_Boy

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by lead_sharp

    Oh goody another European 'property' developed by people who are 'passionate' about it. Fuck you, Fuck off and go and fuck yourselves. This will bomb harder than the Japs' did at Pearl Harbour (too soon?)and be even less deserving.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Flibbertygibbet

    I'm aware of that, fella. I was talking about the show. If a free cartoon couldn't grab my attention, I wasn't about to go out and spend my pocket money discovering other Tintin materials!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:29 a.m. CST

    QUANTIZE....wether speed racer was shitty or

    by southafricanguy

    not is subjective, it stll remains that the film tanked HUGE despite having a massive international fanbase, and a generational one at that. The point is, i think, that having a large international fanbase does not alone mean that something like TINTIN will be a huge hit. Afterall, we can say the exact same thing about ASTERIX, yet those films, while successful, were not huge smashes in no small part because the US as one country still makes up half of the business a film can potentially do in most cases. So unless TINTIN is going to become a phenom and do Avatar business (which I would argue is unlikely) then its simply not a sure fire thing...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    And Im not saying this as a hater, I grew up

    by southafricanguy

    with the books, and I appreciate and respect them. I m just not sure if A) this film will be good enough to make it a huge hit with non-fans given the last two films Spielberg and Jackson came off (Indy 4 and TLB) and B) why the hell did nt they rather do this as live action? As this type of animation it could have problems drawing in a very wide audience as based on Zemekis's animation films which did not do very well at the b.o, and the fact that Tintin is not the usual animation fare that draws in the crowds. Its hard not to think of stuff like Astroboy and the last TMNT animated films that were made a bit more adult and were trying to be a bit different from the Pixar, and Dreamworks stuff, but ultimatly failed at the b.o...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Imho it would have been better and way cooler

    by southafricanguy

    if they had done TINTIN as a live action, and then it could be sold without being automatically pigeonholed in the animation ghetto by adult audiences. And as I have said, since this exact story was animated previously in the 90s cartoon, why exactly would someone like me that is already familiar with the books and said animation series care about seeing it again in animation?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    I hear that SS is planning to digitally replace himself with a credible and relevant director.<br><br>

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Uwe Boll to direct TinTin part 2- the secret of the black pudding..... in eye popping MO- CRAP! Stay tuned!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    The only thing I am interested in for this movie-

    by sam jacksons wig

    is seeing the dog pissed as a jolly old fart....... and TinTin cleaning up it's spew and shit in eye popping 3D!!! is that wrong?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Spielberg has SO MUCH fucking clout that the bastard has personally held up any advance copies of the new Empire magazine until 4th November, and put back the street date because of his TinTin exclusive. <br><br> How fucking WANKY is that?????? What's worse is that Empire have agreed to get the fucking exclusive! Sappy cunts!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    WTH is a Tin Tin?

    by Stalkeye

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Um, I'd rather hold out for that new Resident Evil CGI

    by Stalkeye

    Movie than this crap. Iv'e lost faith in all things Spielberg thanks to KOTCS and Bayformers 2. <p>Epic Pass, I'll go back to watching my Captain Scarlett CGI eps than this.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Empire and Spielberg have a 'special' relationship.


    Wasn't he a guest editor for them a while back?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by sam jacksons wig

    Yes, and the whole fucking issue was a love letter to Spielberg- they even got other actors and directors to write in and ask him questions.........for fucks sake.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Watched Jaws making of on Bio last night

    by sam jacksons wig

    ...and broke my heart remembering just what a fresh talent Spielberg was, and the risks he took against studio pressures to produce what is in my opinion one of the greatest movies to hit celluloid.<br><br> The problem was that Jaws was a double edged sword, because as a result of its success, he was given free reign to make what he wanted and eventually become the shadow he is today. <br><br> He is also responsible for Michael Bays career, and as a result has condemned millions of movie goers to hell...... cunt should be strung up for that alone....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    It's Tintin

    by ObiBen

    Not Tin Tin, nor TinTin. You people write la Shea LaBeouf's mother.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Tintin is big everywhere except the US

    by mojoman69

    just like soccer. LOL I think this will do very well elsewhere.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    la = like

    by ObiBen

    See what you make me do...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST


    by Veraxus

    Not remotely. If anything, I'd call it "Zemeckisish". It's harder to pronounce, but true.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Didn't know this was animated...

    by Knuckleface

    ...thought it was live action. Glad it isn't.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Sam Jackson's Wig

    by Knuckleface

    'Jaws' was indeed awesome, and so was 'The Berg' of the 70s. See 'The Duel' and 'Sugarland Express'. But his talented and mavericky days lasted for several more years after Jaws. 'Close Encounters' is an incredibly bold movie and very un-Spielberg-like (At its heart, C.E. is about a guy who unrepentently leaves his boring and shallow suburban family)... Then there's 'Raiders', and I don't think I have to qualify the awesomeness there... '1941' is always dismissed because it flopped at the box office, but it's much better than its reputation and deserves a re-evaluation... Then Speilberg made E.T., which is a great movie too, but Speilberg's been trying to recreate the magic of E.T. ever since, and that's where he went bad... I've always considered 'Empire of the Sun' a return to form, but again, it bombed, so people have dismissed it.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I was a huge TinTin fan as a kid...

    by Cruzboy

    and I don't think I could be bothered seeing this. There was never anything to be gained from making it into a movie. And kids today won't have a fucking clue who he is. It'll probably make money because of the names attached... but seriously, come up with some fresh ideas that are relevant. If even the fans don't care about this, what hope does it have.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    sam jacksons wig


    "the whole fucking issue was a love letter to Spielberg- they even got other actors and directors to write in and ask him questions" <p> Sounds pretty much like a big budget version of this site to me.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    I don't think anyone is denying their talent...

    by SK229

    But in the case of King Kong, yes it made a lot of money, but imagine what it would have done if it were actually a tightly cut, well paced film. As it stands, it's a bloated fucking mess... the FX range from jaw-droppingly amazing to, "Holy shit, how the fuck did that shot make it into the movie?" In the behind-the-scenes stuff, I always felt that instead of demanding absolute perfection from his FX team on every shot, Jackson got used to dropping a huge shitload of new shots and new elements onto them and expecting it to get done. And it does... at the expense of consistency of quality. He doesn't seem to understand that one or two perfect effects are better than a movie full of mediocre effects, especially when they're calculated to help tell the story in a memorable way. <p>But that's getting away from the core issue, which is that Spielberg and Jackson's names alone do not hold the same cache that they once did. It would be possible for either of them to regain it, but that always takes two or three hits in a row. Spielberg was UNTOUCHABLE after doubling down on Jurassic Park and Schindler's List in the same year, then coming back with The Lost World, Saving Private Ryan, and his own studio. In his defense, he's risen to those heights so many times now that it's probably not even on his radar to top either himself or anyone else anymore. He just seems... comfortable. And that's fine, he's earned that right and doesn't really need to prove anything anymore. Jackson, on the other hand, seems to want to recapture his box office and audience cache. Going back to The Hobbit would be one way of guaranteeing that. But has Jackson ever really established himself apart from LOTR as another Cameron or Spielberg? I think the remedy for him is to pull back on the ridiculously overblown FX shots a little, including the overdone color grading, and maybe go back to a small, intimate story (albeit GENRE) as Spielberg once did with E.T. Cleanse the palette, sir... we know you have it in you.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST


    by Raymar

    Watch Munich, it has a spark of the old Spielberg and is a cracking good spy thriller.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    And we can all stop giving a shit in...

    by Subtitles_Off

    One<P> Two<P> Three<br><br><br> You guys stopped before I even started counting, didn't yas?<P>I'll say one thing. I have ten times the interest in seeing this than seeing AVATAR sequels.<P>Do the math.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    For the Yanks - Tintin, like it or not, is *huge*...

    by irishraidersfan

    Jesus, even a simple Wiki read reveals...<p> "...with translations published in more than 50 languages and more than 200 million copies of the books sold to date..." <p> I doubt X-men has sold as much, but you know, you'd all salivate over that shit. <p> Will it be any good? Given Spielberg lately? Probably not, truth be told, but that's a better reason to discount it, not the source material.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    SK229...thats exactly the thing dude and the

    by southafricanguy

    reason I have never been that impressed with Jackson, talented film maker that he is. He has simply never been truly successful with anything he created himself. LOTR is brilliant, but its due in large part (if not mostly) to the source material. Jackson merely adapted it very well. And obviously KK was a remake of one of the most classic and iconic films in cinema history. Outside of that, nothing he has done has been successful. At least both Spielberg and Cameron have had massive success based on things they created themselves....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Now before anyone attacks me, I am a fan of

    by southafricanguy

    Jackson, but Im just stating the reason why I dont consider him to be at the same level of success as El Spielbergo and Iron Jim. If anything I would love to see Jackson start trying to create something original himself instead of looking for popular properties with long established fanbases to adapt all the time ala Tintin now....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Irishraidersfan.....dude, things like the x-men

    by southafricanguy

    , Batman, Superman have probably sold just as much and have just as huge international, generational fanbases as stuff like Tintin. The only difference is that Tintin is nt popular in the States. So what? Americans wont not go watch it because they dont know what it is. No-one knew what Avatar was either, did it bomb? Dont think like a studio exec and assume that people are idiots that need everything spoon fed to them. Tintin will do well or not based on wether its a good/great film or not and the subsequent word of mouth...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    If anything my friend, where they may have

    by southafricanguy

    shot themselves in the foot is with the deceision to make it an animated film that reminds people of the Zemekis animated films, and we all know how much people did not love those...

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Only Tin Tin I know...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Had knives in all his major organs in alphabetical order.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST

    jimmy_009 said it best.

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 4:04 a.m. CST

    TinTin is the new Popeye

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    Except it's CGI, so it'll probably be worse. I smell a box office flop.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Re: SouthAfricanguy

    by SK229

    Yeah, I think Jackson needs to do something successful AWAY from LOTR. I've seen his non-LOTR films and he's obviously an extremely talented filmmaker, but he's only ever placed on the same level as people like Cameron and Spielberg because of LOTR. And the next big thing he's doing is 'The Hobbit'. I think he has a very, very bad tendency towards overblown fx-driven sequences... and because the other parts of his films show glimpses of brilliance, it makes the overblown, badly done FX sequences stand out even more. It doesn't make as much of a difference in a Michael Bay movie because every frame of the thing is overblown and stupid. In Jackson's work, he just can't hold back a little sometimes and let the moment breathe... and also, his fucking sweeping, swinging, craning, dutch angle twirling shots almost always take me out of the scene cause it immediately feels like a shot that could only be created in a computer. I don't mean to shit all over the guy, but I just hope he lives up to the genius he showed in LOTR (and I also think sequences in that film were fucked up by the same tendencies, but overall the films were brilliant and sometimes even restrained... again, the extreme quality contrast is the problem.) <p>Also... Spielberg with Munich showed how fucking amazingly brilliant he truly is. While many directors would love to emulate the style of 70's filmmaking ala The French Connection, grab a camera and go and actually try to pull it off. He perfectly emulated that style and even made it his own within the confines of the film. That's not easy to do... at all. Even in a color correction suite, these guys seem incapable of distilling the palette of those film stocks without it looking like a badly shot episode of Kojak or Starsky and Hutch. Just TRY to get something with the feel of The Exorcist from the so-called professionals. But Spielberg pulled it off to such exacting effect that it almost seems like a relic from that decade. To me, movies like Munich show that he still (at least as of a few years ago) has that undying passion to humble himself before the alter of cinema and do new and different things that are outside of his comfort zone, even if it's just the visual style. That's why KOTCS was so depressing... only the first 30 or 40 minutes showed any spark or interest and the rest just felt limp and dull, to me anyway.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Tintin is a french name.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    MUNICH is brillant

    by AsimovLives

    That's the spielberg i want to see more often. that's the ONLY Spielberg i want to see. All other of those spielberg movies in which he tries to recapture his former golden boy glory are all ass, liek his latest CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK piece of shit movie. Mr Spielberg, more MUNICHs and less CRYSTAL SKULLFUCKs, please. Thank you.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK is wrong from start to finish. It's all wrong. The wrongness started with the opening on that prairie dog hill and never ceased. If i didn't knew any better, i would had though Jar Jar Abrams had directed it.