New Images From Steven Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’

At the beginning of this week we showed you the first look at Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg and with post-production mocap work by Peter Jackson and WETA. More specifically: we showed you their rendered forms as they’ll appear in the film. Now there are a few more images that show, among other things, the two characters that are played and voiced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »

Empire Magazine teased a first look at The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn all weekend. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg with Peter Jackson overseeing WETA’s CGI mocap animation over the live-action footage, hasn’t been seen in CGI form, until now. That’s a look at Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, above. Hit the break for some more info and a couple more shots, including one of Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Read More »

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn doesn’t see release until over a year from now — on December 23, 2011 to be exact. But the live-action footage upon which the mocap animated film will be based was directed by Steven Spielberg a year ago, with Jamie Bell playing the title character. (Tintin, not the unicorn.) The footage was then handed off to Peter Jackson and WETA, who went to work animating CGI footage based upon the live-action work.

We haven’t seen a single render of Tintin or the world the film will depict. Until now, that is. But we still don’t have a full image. For the moment there are only glimpses of textures. But they offer an idea of what will be revealed, likely on Monday. Hit the jump for an assembly of the image we might see this week. Read More »

Peter Jackson

In the wake of yesterday’s news that Guillermo del Toro has walked away from directing the two Hobbit films for MGM and Warner Bros., the big question is ‘who will do the job now?’

The first name that comes up is Peter Jackson — after he essentially revitalized big-budget fantasy with the Lord of the Rings films, Jackson seems like the only real choice to direct the story that leads into that saga. And he sounds like he would, if that’s what it takes, but doesn’t think he’ll be able to, thanks to contracts for other films. Read More »

What will Steven Spilerberg‘s Tintin look like? The motion-capture work for his adaptation of Hergé’s classic comic character was shot last year, with Peter Jackson and WETA now working on post-production. We have yet to see a single design that shows off what the character will look like when the film appears in theaters next year.

But we can get a few ideas of what we’re likely to see based on comments Spielberg has now made about the tech used to make the film. It sounds as if his Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, won’t be a rubbery 3D CGI humanoid, but a much more direct recreation of the art style of Hergé. Read More »

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Now this is truly bittersweet news to report. While in London for The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson updated the BBC on the status of Steven Spielberg’s Tintin and confirmed that filming is complete. The kicker? It’ll take about two years for the computer animation to be completed (remember this is a 3D motion-captured CG film).

I suppose we shouldn’t have expected any better when they announced that the film would be released on December 23, 2011—but I was still hoping that through some miracle we’d see the film earlier.

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Tom Cruise and Peter Jackson Take a Meeting


The occasional “take a meeting’ report pops up, and the story is always the same. Movie player A sits down with movie player B in what we assume is some official manner, none of us onlookers really knows why they’re meeting and therefore, wild speculation ensues. They’re interesting stories, I think, and not because a number of them later translate into something more concrete but because a good deal of them don’t. It’s like a tiny tear has opened in space-time and we’ve caught a glimpse at a never-was bizzaro world, a collaboration that never happened.

Movie player A in this case is Tom Cruise and B is Peter Jackson. Is there really nothing else we know about why they might be meeting? Well… not quite nothing.

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Stuntman Spills Details on Iron Man 2 and Tintin


It seems that I’m doubting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rather a lot today (after questioning Mike Leigh’s sole credit on screenplays) but I do have a real issue with their lack of recognition for stunt teams. If somebody dies making a film, chances are it was one of the stunt team or, perhaps more to the point, if there’s anticipated risk of death on a film set, we’re definitely talking about the stunt team. Does this alone not warrant a little gold man or two every year?

The Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards do gong-up for the stuntees, though, and the winner of their 2009 award is the incredible Garrett Warren. This ‘Stunt Choreographer of the Year’ has most recently worked on Iron Man 2, Tintin, Alice in Wonderland, Avatar and Mars Needs Moms and is therefore a wonderful treasure trove of mid-scale scoopage.

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The slowly-gestating Tintin saga may be one of the more interesting mainstream film collaborations in years — Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg working together is fairly remarkable — but it’s taking a long time to really develop. Peter Jackson has recently been talking about his half of the project, the second film that will theoretically happen after Spielberg’s first is released. But he tells MTV that he won’t even begin to hammer the script into shape for another year, as work on The Hobbit is taking precedence. (That contradicts previous reports that the second film would be happening soon.) After the jump, read about the stories that might make it into Jackson’s film. Read More »

The much lauded 20th Anniversary issue of Empire is out now and on shelves across the UK. The Oxford Cornmarket St. branch of WH Smith has definitely sold at least one copy already. I’m sat here with it now, and am quite taken aback by how brilliant it truly is. Really, this is Empire at its best. This is the Empire we want month in, month out. They’ve delivered the ideal version of a magazine devised to cover studio and mainstream fare in an exciting and accessible way and mainly they’ve done that by stuffing it full of exclusives. Buy one. You know you want to.

A lot of the best stuff comes in a feature on Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson‘s Tintin film or, rather, films. Amongst other things, the magazine confirms that the second film is not only funded, but in pre-production already. Jackson’s quote on that – and lots more – after the break.

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