Steven Spielberg directing first film of series
Adventures of Tintin” series, which encompassed 23 books published between 1929 and 1976 about an intrepid junior reporter and his dog Snowy, who track down stories to the ends of the Earth. The director of the third film in the planned trilogy was always up in the air, and a script was never written. Kathleen Kennedy joins Spielberg and Jackson as a producer on the three films, but the deal under discussion appears to be for the first one. “Tintin” has long been a passion project for Spielberg; he and Kennedy have held various film rights to the comedic adventure book series off and on for more than 25 years. Jackson also has long been a fan of the comicbooks. His 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. The films are expected to be lensed using photorealistic performance-capture techniques. With Sony on board and a second Jackson lensed film not yet financed, it is unclear what Weta Digital’s involvement will be on the “Tintin” franchise. Jackson has delivered to Paramount his DreamWorks film “The Lovely Bones,” based on Alice Sebold’s bestseller. It’s set for a fall 2009 release.
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