Seems Steven Spielberg understands that Tintin is more popular outside the United States, and has decided to release it internationally a month and a half earlier than the U.S. release.
Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment unveiled plans to release the motion capture pic Stateside on Dec. 23, 2011. But in an unusual move, film will launch internationally in late October and early November 2011, with Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. handling Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America and India, and Paramount distributing the film in Asia, Australia, the U.K. and all other English-speaking territories.
I totally agree with this move, and I’m almost positive the Tintin film will do better overseas than here at home.Â The only pluses for the film to do well in the U.S. is it is a 3D movie, it is being released at the holiday time, and if they hype it right, it should attrack the younger audience and their parents.Â It’s just too bad other international comic characters haven’t caught on in the States.Â Asterix is one of my favorite international comic, and I was blown away when I was able to see Asterix and Cleopatra a few years ago.Â That film rocked, but was never brought to the U.S., which means I can’t add it to my DVD collection.
Steven Spielberg is quickly moving on the mocapped CGI Tintin movie by announcing Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell will play Tintin, with 007 Daniel Craig as Red Rackham.
Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have already boarded the project. Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook will round out the cast.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is scheduled to be in theaters in 2011, supposedly the same year we might see the next Batman flick.
Ain’t It Cool News is reporting that the comedy duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been cast as Thomson and Thompson, the detective duo in Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson’s 3D Tintin movie.Â The site’s announcement also included Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, with more confirmed actors expected to be announced soon.
I would normally say, “File this under rumor,” but considering the huge number of insiders AICN has in the industry, this is more than likely information that is spot on.Â Any H’wood Insiders wanna be the Major Spoilers inside guy?Â You know who to contact…
The movie is currently scheduled to begin production in February, with Steve Spielberg scheduled to direct the first film (Jackson gets number 2), and is expected to arrive in theaters in 2010.
via Aint It Cool News
Sad news for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, Universal Pictures has decided to pull out of the three picture deal for the CGI adaptation of Tintin.Â The biggest reason for the break in the deal wasn’t Spielberg trying to break DreamWorks away from Paramount, but the $130 million budget.Â In a day an age where $130 million seems like a drop in the bucket for a franchise that could literally net Universal ten times that in world wide distribution, something certainly seems fishy. Perhaps it was the 30% of gross Spielberg and Jackson wanted – meaning Tintin would have to gross $425 million before it broke even and Universal started seeing a profit.
But fear not Herge fans, the duo have taken their proposal to Paramount… oh, yeah, that whole split thing might be a hang up.Â Paramount has had the proposal for several weeks now, so it Tintin is simply awaiting a yay or nay from the suits.
via Empire Online
Hollywood Reporting is saying Steven Moffat of Dr. Who fame is writing the adaptation of Tintin for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
Kathleen Kennedy is serving as producer on the three feature films, which will be made using performance-capture technology and produced in digital 3-D. Jackson and Spielberg are each directing an installment, with the helmer of the third movie to be determined.
There’s no word what stories are going to be adapted into the three films, but my guess is we won’t be seeing Tintin in the Congo.
via Hollywood Reporter
Variety is reporting Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to bring Tintin to the big screen. Speculation on the success of the first film is so high, DreamWorks, Spielberg, and Jackson will be directing and producing three back to back features.
Spielberg and Jackson will each direct one of the movies, but no word on who the third director would be. Could it be long time Spielberg friend George Lucas?
With WETA Digital behind the character creations, these films will be 3D animated features instead of trying to cast actors in the roles.
Jackson said WETA will stay true to Remi’s original designs in bringing the cast of Tintin to life, but that the characters won’t look cartoonish.
“Instead,” Jackson said, “we’re making them look photorealistic; the fibers of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people — but real Herge people!”
Photorealistc 3D Tintin? Sounds like an interesting take. There is no word on when the first film will be released, but since Spielberg and Jackson will be wrapping their current productions by the end of this year.
Steven Spielberg commented to attendees at a lunch gala he still has plans to bring the French adventurer to the screen.
As for Tintin, Spielberg recalled that he had first acquired the rights to that character back in 1983 and later re-established the option to do something with the French comic character.
via Variety (link)