Tintin movie trilogy

October 9, 2007

As if just the existence of an upcoming Tintin movie trilogy wasn’t enough, it was recently announced that one of the writers from the cult show Doctor Who, Steven Moffat (who also created and wrote the British Coupling – aka, the good one), will write all three movies in the trilogy. What’s more, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are also attached to direct at least one movie each.

Who will direct the third one? They’re undecided, but if the first two directors are any indication, and we’re going by the who’s who of commercially successful directors – can George Lucas be far behind?

My own personal vote goes to Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant), or just for the heck of it, and since they seem to be going for the big guns here, Clint Eastwood. After all, a story about a reporter from Belgium and his faithful dog (Milou – or Snowy, the creative English name for the dog) on intrepid, rugged, international adventures full of peril and intrigue? It’s got Eastwood’s understated touch all over it.

Whatever the outcome of this real life and, let’s be honest, more interesting On the Lot (although, I have to say, there can’t be too many directors out there who want their films directly set up against those of Spielberg and Jackson), the films, the BBC reports, will be shot using 3-D animation, not live-action (hello Brad Bird!). Spielberg explains:

“We want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter [Jackson] 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.”

Herge is the Belgian creator of the character Tintin and his popular comic book series (at least in Europe, anyway), Les Aventures de Tintin:

The series is estimated to have sold 200 million copies and been translated into over 50 languages.

In the end, though, I think we all know what this whole thing really comes down to – Dad, you can finally put out that red and white rocket you’ve had tucked away for all these long years. Display it with pride!

As a sort of post-script, it must be noted that this Doctor Who-related announcement comes on the heels of The Guardian‘s news that a new Doctor Who movie might be in the works. Man, with all this cult sci fi buzz lately, can a Battlestar Galactica feature film be far behind?