TinTin to be made by Spielberg

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  1. oscar_merkx

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    Why is this "dreadful news"? It's obviously a project Spielberg is passionate about, and he's got the clout to make it "just right" without yielding to studio pressure to Americanize it. And Spielberg really doesn't seem to have made many missteps lately.

    Unless, of course, you mean that a live-action "Tintin" is a bad idea in the first place, Spielberg or no Spielberg. I won't necessarily argue that point. French bandes dessinées are often much more stylized than mainstream American comics, and I'm not sure how a balance would be struck between retaining "Tintin"'s distinctive look and making it not look like a cartoon. (And it's not just "Tintin"; I'm not sure I'd want to see a live-action "Incal", despite it being one of my current favorite comics... Although I wish Miramax would just release the "Asterix" movies here so I could see how well that worked out)

    As for Zemeckis... I don't know. I mean, I don't know if Zemeckis even has it in him to make a fun, light-hearted movie any more - as much as I liked Contact and Cast Away, I wonder if today's Zemeckis would be capable of making Who Framed Roger Rabbit? If I were choosing directors, I'd be looking at a lot of people before Zemeckis. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Joe Johnston, Julie Taymor, Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and heck, even Chris Columbus would come first.
     
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    If I'm remembering correctly, when Spielberg was originally going to direct this in the '80s, Christopher Lambert was his main choice to play Tintin.[​IMG]
    Jeunet would be my first choice as director, with Ron Perlman as Captain Haddock!
     
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    I do think he would Americanize it somehow. I grew up on TinTin and Asterix and other Belgian comics, so perhaps I am a bit hesitant about making them into live action pictures.
    here is the official Tintin website
    http://www.tintin.be/home.html
     
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    And Zemeckis wouldn't? Look at Zemeckis's last few projects and look at Spielberg's. Who do you think would take more chances and make an interesting movie?
     
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    I used to read Tintin all the time! I just couldn't remember the name. Man, that brings back memories.

    My public library (why a tiny school in the south had seemingly obscure (?) Belgium comics is beyond my grasp) had the huge hard back versions, and I checked everyone out. These were great!

    As for a movie version....meh.
     
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    I'd rather Spielberg use his time on SF projects, but this is apparently what he's gonna do so I hope it turns out enjoyably.
     
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    I always though that Mika Häkkinen would make a good Tintin, but he's too old and not an actor [​IMG]
     
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    I don't believe in a live-action Tintin-film.
    (Unless, of course, as every insider will echo, we can count on an enormous dedication, even on the side of the least of the extras [​IMG] ).
    I own at least two of each title. One in Dutch (the way I read it as a child - no, not exactly that way: I also own a version of L'Île Noire the way it originally appeared in the fifties, which shows that all pictures were subtly redrawn later to modernize the looks), and one in French. I also have the VHS-tapes and the DVDs of the French/Canadian animated versions of all his books (except Tintin au Congo, of course). They're not up to the standard of the originals, BTW.
    And I own some related works, like the Illustrated Tournesol, and the Haddock book of curses (in French and Dutch) - Oscar, your title of this thread should have been taken from that!
    And, yes, François, some names were translated (like Milou and the Dupon(d)(t)s and Tournesol - and Tintin, who's name is "Kuifje" in Dutch). Did you know BTW that some "foreign" language in his books can only be understood if you're Dutch (= also Flamish) speaking? Read the Syldavian, for instance.
    Sometimes, later in my life, when I visited an exotic country or saw pictures of it on the telly, I actually recognized things and costumes from one of Hergé's albums. They were that good.
    My wife and I often still quote from Hergé's Tintin. No, we don't believe it can be played by live-actors, not successfully. Aaah.. je ris...
    Cees
     
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    Now this brings back memories. I read all Tintin comics(he is called Tim in Germany)when I was younger and still have one or two lying around. I would prefer they made an animated version, though. It would be so great if they preserved Hergé's style which is simply fantastic and timeless IMO.
     
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    Dominik,
    You could get all the animated (short) films at Amazon France. I believe they are French/Canadian.
    They are good with respect to the drawings, but less so in respect to the stories. (In my opinion, an animated Tintin should at least contain each and every single drawing of the original album, so to say. These don't. Also, they toned it considerably down for children: hardly anyone blown to pieces, and, worse, Captain Haddock hardly seems to drink [​IMG] .)
    But still: nice to have. (And a good opportunity to show something of our past to nowadays children who hardly read books anymore.)
    Cees
     
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    I saw the shorts a few years ago (and they run pretty often in German television IIRC) and wasn't that impressed. They just weren't able to capture the scope of the comic.
    I was just thinking about which title could deserve a major film and there are so many scenes rushing through my mind ... no way they can do this live action.
     

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