Peter Jackson Directing First Tintin Film Instead?
by Alex Billington
August 26, 2008
The last we heard of Tintin was that it was scheduled to go into production sometime later this year with Steven Spielberg directing the first film, Peter Jackson directing the second film, and no one chosen for the third yet. However, an update has hit today from the Hollywood Reporter that mentions that things have switched just a bit. Jackson will instead be directing the first film with Spielberg still attached in some unknown capacity. Although other sources claim that Spielberg will still direct the first as planned, so we're not sure who is right (or wrong). No information on why this change was made, except that Jackson's schedule includes post-production on The Lovely Bones, writing work on The Hobbit, and then finally Tintin. Unfortunately his news isn't interesting enough to make me any more (or less) excited.
One report comes from Herge Studios, who holds the rights to the character, in an announcement today that said Jackson would be directing the first film. Other confirmations come from people close to both Jackson and Spielberg that say Jackson is still set to direct the second film, which would mean Spielberg is still directing the first (confused?). I don't know what to say, but I'm going to believe that Jackson is not going to be directing the first since he's got so much work to do. As a reminder, Tintin will star Thomas Sangster as Tintin and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and will be an animated film featuring motion-capture technology. We'll be sure to bring you any other updates we hear, but for now we'll continue to expect this to go into production this fall as planned with Spielberg directing the first and Jackson the second.