Secrets of Tintin Revealed: There's More Work to be Done!
With the official 20th anniversary edition of Empire magazine now out on shelves (in England at least), juicy tidbits that they've hidden only in the magazine have started to hit. Over on SlashFilm, they've got a big write-up on the secrets of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's Tintin. Well, they're not really secrets, per se, but considering there seems to be a lot going on that we don't know about, it's a good way to describe the details anyway. We know that they finished shooting The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn and are working on post-production, but apparently they're already in pre-production on the second one.
Jackson reveals, "We were originally planning three to be in production at the same time in different stages, and we may well do that. At the moment we have this one and the studio[s] is financing the second one as well, which is in pre-production." The studios he's talking about are Paramount and Sony, who have together decided to co-finance the film, but the last we heard, they hadn't given the second one a greenlight. They shot for 32 days earlier this year for Secret of the Unicorn, but a week of reshoots will take place in June, at Jackson's studios, "so that any holes in Spielberg's original material might be patched."
Considering I don't know much about the actual Tintin comics (it never really became part of our pop culture as much as in Europe), I care more about who's involved than what the story is about, at least at this moment. In due time we'll get a trailer and be given our first glimpse of what is taking place storywise, but until then, my focus is more on the process. And speaking of that process, SlashFilm posted an interesting update earlier this week about Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright denying the rumors that he might be in the running to direct the third Tintin. Don't forget, he is credited as one of the screenwriters of the first one.
There are a few more updates worth reading about over on SlashFilm or in the latest issue of Empire, so if you're a die-hard Tintin fan and want to know more, you know where to go. Obviously all of the secrets haven't been revealed just yet, but these are certainly some interesting updates today. We'll let you know if we hear more about Tintin from Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, or anyone else involved, anytime soon.