Oh my… this is good news…I wonder which 3 stories that they have chosen. Maybe those that spanned more than one book like “Secret of the Unicorn” & “Red Rackham’s Treasure”, “Seven Crystall Balls” & “Prisoners of the Sun”, etc.
Spielberg, Jackson team for Tintin
Duo pact for adventure trilogy
By ANNE THOMPSON, PAMELA MCCLINTOCK
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming to direct and produce three back-to-back features based on Georges Remi‘s beloved Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin for DreamWorks. Pics will be produced in full digital 3-D using performance capture technology.
The two filmmakers will each direct at least one of the movies; studio wouldn‘t say which director would helm the third. Kathleen Kennedy joins Spielberg and Jackson as a producer on the three films, which might be released through DreamWorks Animation.
Tintin has long been a passion project for Spielberg, who has been trying to get film rights to the comedic and adventurous book series for more than 25 years, a goal realized over the past year. With the rights in place, Spielberg, Jackson and DreamWorks began quietly developing the project.
Jackson‘s New Zealand-based WETA Digital, the f/x house behind The Lord of the Rings franchise, produced a 20-minute test reel bringing to life the characters created by Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge.
Herge‘s characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we‘ve seen to date with computer animated characters, Spielberg said.
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 honor the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created, Spielberg continued.
Official word of the three-pic pact comes just weeks after Jackson inked a deal with DreamWorks to direct Lovely Bones, based on Alice Sebold‘s haunting tome about a 14-year-old girl who watches over her family — and attacker — from heaven after she is raped and killed.
Tintin project, announced by the two filmmakers and DreamWorks co-chair-CEO Stacey Snider, may explain, at least in part, why DreamWorks emerged the winner in the bidding for Bones, beating out several other suitors.
Tintin also answers the question of which tentpole Jackson will turn his attention to next.
The Spielberg-Jackson project isn‘t likely to languish in development for long. Spielberg could become available this fall after wrapping Indiana Jones 4. Jackson will wrap Bones by the end of the year.
Spielberg and Jackson have selected three stories from Remi‘s The Adventures of Tintin series, which encompassed 23 books published between 1929 and 1976. The series still attracts 2 million new fans a year.
Series, which has sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, chronicles adventures of a junior reporter who will follows stories to the ends of the earth, even though he often finds his own life in jeopardy. His able assistants include a white dog named Snowy, the lunatic Captain Haddock, the muddled genius Professor Calculus and the Thompson Twins.
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!
DreamWorks bought the film rights from Herge Studios (from Moulinsart in fact) in Brussels, Belgium. Company is led by prexy Fanny Rodwell, Remi‘s wife when he died in 1983.
We couldn‘t think of a better way to honor Herge‘s legacy that this announcement within days of the 100th anniversary of his birth, May 22, 1907, Rodwell said.
Spielberg and Jackson are currently evaluating whether to release Tintin through DreamWorks Animation. Paramount distributes all DreamWorks Animation films.
Original article source: Variety.com
Picture from wikipedia.