Sony and Paramount hope to resurrect Tintin


Variety is reporting about a deal — still in the works — that looks to resurrect the Tintin films that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson had hoped to bring to the big screen. Originally set up with Universal, the studio started getting cold feet. They were reluctant to partner with Paramount and backed out, effectively killing the project and, in the process, losing its intended star, Thomas Sangster. Paramount’s deal was apparently not good enough, so Dreamworks started shopping the project around.

Now, a co-financing deal between Sony and Paramount seems to have to project back on its feet and aiming for its first film to release in 2010, with Spielberg at the helm. Jackson is slated to direct the sequel. Originally, the project was to have encompassed three movies, but Variety says the new deal seems to only be for two films. Of course, financial success would all but guarantee more films in the series.

Jackson’s WETA Digital has apparently produced a 20-minute test reel showcasing the photorealistic performance-capture techniques intended for the film, which will reportedly bring Tintin creator Hergé’s art to life. I’m not a fan of the process as we’ve seen it to date (in Beowulf or Polar Express), but I have faith that the company behind Gollum can make it work.

Related Post: Dreamworks and Paramount split leaves Tintin, others in limbo (updated)

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 13:07 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Vince
    on 2008-11-03 at 01:02

    why not actually animate something for once? why do studios try to pretend that mo-cap is just an expensive way to doom yourself to the uncanny valley and make your “animated” film hard to watch. tintin should be a traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, that’s really the only way it would work in my mind.

  2. Written by Jackson
    on 2008-11-04 at 00:36

    They should have made the mario movie a sidescroller!

  3. Written by Genevieve
    on 2008-11-06 at 08:56

    I don’t know, Beowulf didn’t hit my uncanny valley too badly, but that’s more because of extra attention paid to the faces.

    I’d love to see an actually well-done meshing of traditional 2d and 3d animation where the CGI enhances what’s going on in the film (a la Speed Racer’s hyper-colorful unrealistic explosions, or even like the Curious George movie from a while back) instead of distracting from it.

    Photorealism and Tintin just don’t go together.

  4. Written by Sabine Griffin
    on 2008-11-06 at 14:21

    oh, come on. tintin should stay true to herme’s vision.

    french, fresh, fast, and 2d.

    yeah. ;)

  5. Written by Sabine Griffin
    on 2008-11-06 at 14:22

    wow. i meant herge.

    asshole anyone??

    c’est moi.

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