Spielberg’s adventures of Tintin


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Spielberg’s adventures of Tintin
Tintin, arguably Belgium’s most famous export*, is on the threshold of superstardom. The fictional reporter created by Georges Remi, alias Hergé, is to star in three animated films directed by the two of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.

The film-makers said yesterday that they would each direct at least one film about the bequiffed hero, with the first instalment expected in 2009.

Tintin and his companions, who include the whisky-soaked sea dog Captain Haddock and the idiosyncratic Professor Calculus, will be animated using performance capture technology, the technique that Jackson used to create Gollum in his The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Actors wearing special body suits will create movements that will be recorded by a computer and augmented with digital effects.

Spielberg said that one problem with a live-action version of Tintin’s adventures was that it was difficult to recreate the look of the cartoon strip.
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“We want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not honour the distinctive look of the characters and world that Hergé created,” he said. “Hergé’s characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we’ve seen with computer-animated characters.”

Spielberg bought the option to create a Tintin film from Hergé in 1982, a year before the cartoonist died. The option lapsed in the late 1980s and became the subject of negotiations with several producers until Spielberg bought the option again in 2003. His company DreamWorks exercised the option in February.

A source at Moulinsart, the company that manages Hergé’s estate, said that it had rejected other offers from Hollywood because none gave the company enough control over the script. Nick Rodwell, who is married to Hergé’s widow and is a producer on the films, will ensure that Spielberg and Jackson do not take liberties with the character.
*Well,with the exception of Stella Artois.

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