While I am not a huge fan of Steven Spielberg’s most recent work (granted I haven’t actually seen one of his films since 2001’s A.I., I am NOT one of those “I loved him when I was younger now he sucks” people, either.
I am a HUGE Peter Jackson fan, and consider him a genius.
As a result, I am highly chuffed about the news that the pair are going to collaborate on a trio of films based on Hergé’s (aka Georges Remi’s) Tintin series! “The two filmmakers will each direct at least one of the movies; studio wouldn’t say which director would helm the third,” reports Variety. Jackson also told the paper that “we’re making them look photorealistic; the fibers of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people –but real Hergé people!”
I don’t know about you, but I can’t friggin’ wait! Tintin was a constant companion for me as my parents dragged me around the world when I was a child and probably had a good measure of influence on my curious nature.
What’s not to like? A teenaged investigative journalist whose best friends are a white terrier and a cranky, drunken Scottish sea captain? The there are the twin bowler-hatted Thom(p)sons, the dotty professor Calculus and many other friends and villains that Tintin encounters along the way. And while he’s doing this? No talking dogs, no stoned sidekicks and no one says “Jinkies!”
Now we have to wait to see which three adventures they choose. My choices? There’s no way I can stick to three, but….:
Destination Moon/Explorers on the Moon (maybe they can combine them?) – Two stories from 1953-4 that 15 years before the Apollo 11 landing are damn advanced!
The Secret of the Unicorn/Red Rackham’s Treasure (ditto)-Oh MAN that would be cool!
King Ottokar’s Sceptre – a 1939 story about preventing a fascist coup. Ring any bells around the time period?
Oh, who am I fooling? I’d love them all.
Artwork Copyright © Hergé / Moulinsart