Jackson Talks “Tintin” Progress

Peter Jackson spoke with Empire Magazine (via Slashfilm) for their just released 20th Anniversary issue and revealed some updates on how the “Tintin” motion capture project is going and more on what his involvement is exactly in both the first and second film.

In regards to the first film which he’s producing and Steven Spielberg is directing, a week of reshoots will be done in June in his Wellington studios to fix any issues that need to be fixed from Spielberg’s original month-long shoot earlier this year.

“we’re kind of co-directing. I mean, we are co-doing it. Steven’s been on set with the actors for the last six weeks, and I was only there for a week. So he’s definitely directing the first in a way that I’m not” says Jackson.

On the second the roles will be switched with Spielberg directing only via webcam. The second one is not only financed but already in pre-production and the animatics for it should be complete by this June.

The original plan was to have three films in production at the same time in different stages. Either way it looks like both will be ready in time for a 2011 release.

Jackson admits that while the first film will use “The Secret of the Unicorn” story to provide most of the plot, other elements from Herge’s other two-dozen or so books in the series will be added to flesh things out.

The meeting of Tintin and Captain Haddock in 1941’s “The Crab with the Golden Claws” will likely be incorporated somehow, in that Haddock was a drunken cargo freighter captain unaware of his crew’s complicity in opium smuggling ring.

There will also be a climactic action set piece originally made for the film. For further details click here.

Earlier this week “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright, who worked on the first film’s script, was asked about rumors that he was in line to direct the potential third “Tintin” film. Wright dismissed the rumors.