Andy Serkis Joins Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's Tintin
Back in May, we wrote about the news that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson would be working together to bring Tintin to the bring screen in 3D over a trilogy of movies. The news this weekend is that performance-capture star Andy Serkis has joined the trilogy, but not necessarily as Tintin. While confirmation of the exact character he will play is still missing, it is believed that Serkis will play the role of Capt. Haddock, the temperamental sea captain. Principal photography on the first film is scheduled to begin next September.
Andy Serkis was the guy who donned the form-fitting blue suit and provided the performances of Gollum in all three Lord of the Rings as well as King Kong in Jackson's remake. Jackson and Serkis have worked together quite a bit and it's great to see them coming back together. Serkis can rarely go wrong - he's one of the best hidden gems around these days. I even loved him in The Prestige, in which he was a regular actor, not CGI.
As for the movies, Tintin is a project that Spielberg and Jackson are taking on together, with each directing at least one of the movies, but a third director still hasn't been revealed. The films will chronicle the adventures of Tintin, a junior reporter who will follow stories even though he often finds his own life in jeopardy. The films will be based on three stories from The Adventures of Tintin series by Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge, and will be produced in full digital 3D using performance capture technology.
Although I'm not even remotely a fan of Tintin, no one can deny that with such phenomenal names as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and now Andy Serkis as one of the stars, that this has built up a bit of interest. I'm incredibly curious to see how this turns out and if it's as revolutionary as they're making it out to be.