There was a bit of a mix-up yesterday over who would be directing the first of the planned Tintin trilogy. Originally Steven Spielberg was scheduled to direct and Peter Jackson would helm the second, leaving the third to a possible joint collaboration between the two great talents. That’s still the case, but here’s what happened.
Herge Studios, who holds the rights to the character Tintin and represents the author, erroneously announced Jackson would take over the first. A few places ran the story and wound up looking ridiculous. If you can’t believe the people who own the rights, who can you believe? That was a rhetorical question because the answer is no one.
The people who represent Spielberg and Jackson have since set the record straight. Spielberg will do the first Tintin movie as his next film, which is disappointing because he follows up Indiana Jones with a motion-capture animation movie instead of finally making his Lincoln biopic or the Chicago 7 movie he abandoned recently. Jackson will finish post-production on The Lovely Bones and work on writing the two Hobbit movies.
But in the announcement are the first official story details. The plot will follow two books “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” written by Herge in 1942 and 1944. They’re about Tintin’s adventures with Captain Haddock to discover model ships with maps that lead to underwater treasure.