The first Tintin film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, with actors being directed in motion capture by Steven Spielberg, who passed off that raw data to WETA to animate, is still quietly in production. The actors wrapped a year and a half ago, we don’t see the film for several months, and there hasn’t even been a trailer yet. (There have been some images, however.) But a second Tintin film is already in the works, and British writer Anthony Horowitz has now confirmed that he is writing a script based on Hergé’s book Prisoners of the Sun, which he says Peter Jackson will direct. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg War Horse

It’s always feast or famine with that Steven Spielberg. He goes on stretches where he releases two films a year – like in 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2005 -  then there are long periods where he gives the director’s chair a rest, like the last five years (I’m still trying to erase 2008′s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull from my mind so please forgive its omission.) Well, it seems 2011 is not going only to be a Spielberg feast, it’s going to be a Spielberg explosion! Already scheduled to have two films hit during the calendar year, DreamWorks announced Wednesday that they’ve shifted his literary adaptation War Horse from its original summer release date back to the Christmas season, placing it within days of Spielberg’s co-directoral effort The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Hit the jump for other release date shifts, including Real Steel, Fright Night 3D and more. Read More »

Is Edgar Wright Directing a Third Tintin Movie?

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This is how rumors start. Recently Internet Movie Database has made some curious updates to writer/director Edgar Wright‘s profile. Wright is now listed as being “in talks” to direct the third film in the Tintin series.

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Set Photo: Steven Spielberg Directs Tintin

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Empire Magazine has the first photos from the set of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. Steven Spielberg directs Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis, who are wearing performance capture suits, with Peter Jackson looking on. If you can’t read the names on their suits (isn’t it odd that the character names are printed in large letters across their suits?) Bell plays Tintin and Serkis plays Captain Haddock.

MarketSaw points out the following details: “Check out all the tiny white dots on their faces for the performance capture requirements. Those dots will catch every tiny facial motion they make as they act out their scenes. See the tiny camera being held in place in front of Bell’s face? That is the camera that captures those facial dot movements.”

The film has completed principal photography (only 32 days) and is now in the intensive post production stage. So I’m sure it will be a while before we see any computer rendered images from the actual film.

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