Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Confirmed for Spielberg's Tintin
Here are the things you need to know about Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg's Tintin. Spielberg is still directing the first film, which is slated to hit in 2010. Andy Serkis is still set to play Captain Haddock. Youngster Thomas Sangster, who was going to play Tintin, has dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. British comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will play detectives Thomson and Thompson. And lastly, the $135 million budget for this performance-capture 3D film is being split by Paramount and Sony. Lots of new details for an enormous project that is slowly gaining steam. But does anyone really care about Tintin?
This update first hit earlier today on Ain't It Cool News. Tintin was delayed when Jackson and Spielberg ran into troubles finding the money needed to get this expensive project off the ground. As Beaks of AICN puts it, "you know the economy is shitty when studios are afraid to finance a Spielberg/Jackson picture." I think the problem is that American audiences don't really care about this movie at all. I'm not even that excited for it, despite knowing that Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are involved. Maybe they need to release some test footage first to show us why it's all actually worth that $135 million budget. Thoughts?