French news publication Le Monde recently ran an exclusive interview with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson about their upcoming film adaptations of the hit international graphic novel series “Tintin”.
CinemaTeaser has run an article containing most of the pertinent facts and quotes garnered from the interview and kindly sent along a rough English translation of them.
Probably the most surprising reveal in the interview is that it looks like elements from the mostly North African-set opium smuggling story “The Crab with the Golden Claws” will be incorporated into the first film. The reasoning makes sense though as it was the first book in which Captain Haddock appeared – “Peter Jackson and me concluded that it was necessary to introduce Haddock to the world at the same time as Tintin” says Spielberg.
The director adds that the use of motion capture was a big step forward as it allows him to capture the feel or author Herge’s work “Every aspect of Herge’s great talent are part of my approach: Herge’s humour of course, and the body language, which is so important. There’s no plan to change that. We religiously respect his art, even for the supporting characters.”
Don’t expect a contemporary updating either, Spielberg says “There will be no cell phones, no TV sets, no modern cars. Just timeless Europe.” The 23 completed graphic novels were written between 1929 and 1973 and never really specified the years those adventures took place in despite incorporating timely political elements including the Cold War arms race, human trafficking and the influence of oil multinationals on the Middle East.
Despite plans for a trilogy, Peter Jackson apparently says that he has yet to settle on the second film. He re-iterates earlier plans to adapt “The Seven Crystal Balls”/”Prisoners of the Sun” two-part story but “the choice is not final. I will read all the albums of Tintin again over Christmas and will make a decision before the New Year.” He adds that tone wise the first film, ‘Secret of the Unicorn’, will be a “very European film…very film noir.”