If Steven Spielberg has a casting problem…

15 May 2007

Tintin has for long been the favourite reporter in the land of sans serif. Because he gets to go to Tibet, gets to go to Egypt, hell, because he gets to go to the Moon before Neil boy—and never has to report the story.

Never once do you see our ace reporter tearing his hair at the desk for the right word or phrase, and never once do you see him waiting at a telegraph office to phone or fax his story.

Our favourite reporter never ages, his hair is always the colour as intended by its maker, and, what’s more, his bosses allow him to take Snowy along whereever he goes, even to Lady Bianca Castafoire‘s castle.

But, finally—finally!—revenge is here.

Tintin will have to work. Oh, yes. Tintin will have to work. The man who made ET and the man who made Lord of the Rings will make sure of that. You bet.

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are, according to an AFP story, to join forces to direct and produce a series of three-films based on the beloved Belgian comic-strip hero created by Georges Remi better known as Herge.

According to a report in Daily Variety, the legendary film-makers would direct at least one of the films each, and serve as producers on all three. Tintin has been a long-time pet project for Spielberg, who finally secured the film rights to the comic series.

Jackson, has already developed a test film which had
brought the characters created by Herge to life.

Spielberg said the computer animation technology used for the films would be unlike anything ever seen. “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 honour the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created,” Spielberg added.

Jackson said although the movies would be computer generated, the characters would not look cartoonish. “Instead we’re making them look photorealistic,” Jackson said.

But if ever Speilberg and Jackson want a human character with some journalism experience to play Tintin, sans serif humbly suggests the name of Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair who always looks as he if he just woke up and walked out of the pages of Seven Crystal Balls.

Photo courtesy: raincoaster.com

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