Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, and DreamWorks are teaming up to bring three back-to-back features based on George Remi’s Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin. The duo will direct and produce the films in full digital 3-D using WETA Digital’s performance capture technology.
So far it’s known that Spielberg will direct one film and Jackson will direct another, but a third director has not yet been named. Kathleen Kennedy is joining them as producer on all three films. The directors have other projects on tap first, so it doesn’t necessarily mean they will work directly together. They will of course collaborate on the stories and produce, but could do it all at different times.
Tintin is a comic-strip which told the story of a junior reporter who will do anything to get the story he is looking for. Going to far-off places, researching the unknown, and even putting his own life in danger are just a few of the things he is willing to do in order to break the news. Sure to be in the films are his assistants Snowy the dog, Professor Calculus, the Thompson Twins, and Captain Haddock.
Jackson is happy to be working with DreamWorks and WETA saying that the films will showcase the true designs that Remi has for the characters, but they won’t look cartoonish. DreamWorks bought the rights to the films from Herge Studios located in Brussels, Belgium.
“Instead, 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 Herge people!” Jackson said.