Tintin Posters & Teaser Released!

Tintin Posters & Teaser Released!

I’d been worried about this one. For so many reasons. Tintin has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I’d read ALL the books, and recently gotten the box set of them as a gift. Them getting feature film treatment was something I’d always wanted to see, and I was glad that it was in the hands of expert filmmakers like Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson.

I’m thrilled at the trailer. Though giving very little away, seeing the characters moving gives me a lot of hope. The characters have always looked cartoony, and they are rendered with a lot of style, and not the “well what was the point of that” motion capture CGI that we’ve seen of late.

Check out the international and US posters below, and the teaser over at Apple.com.

Indiana Jones 5 Rumors Emerge

Indiana Jones 5 Rumors Emerge

According to New Zealand news site “Stuff,” the next Indiana Jones film will begin shooting next year, with the plot line centered around the Bermuda Triangle.

The source explained that Lucas and Spielberg have been working on a script, and that Harrison Ford is on stand-by for filming next year.

Apparently, they also said that this film will be made in a more old fashioned way rather then the CGI-effects filled previous film.

For what the film was, I enjoyed ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,’ but I definitely felt like something was missing. I was never able to put my finger on it fully, but, something felt awry. This story sounds like it could be much more compelling, and my hope is that they really shoot as much of it without CGI as possible.

Also, it occurred to me, that Indiana Jones could be a franchise where every other one could be a “good” one. Since, Raiders was great, Temple of Doom, so so, and Last Crusade, great. Anyway, obviously I have my reservations, but Indiana Jones was my hero growing up, and I’d love to see a 5th one whether or not I’ll be disappointed in the end. I’ll give them one more shot! But then again, who am I?

UPDATE:

Frank Marshall just tweeted out:

“The rumor about INDY 5 is completely false. Nothing has changed, we are not shooting next year and still in the research phase…”

Johnston Talks “Jurassic” 4

Director Joe Johnston spoke with Aint it Cool News about the status of “Jurassic Park 4.”  He said that an “great” idea is in place and that he is interested in being part of the project.  “It’s nothing like the first three.,” says Johnston.  “It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved.”  Johnston said the idea is not another ‘people trapped on an island of dinosaurs,’ movie and that this idea could be spun into a trilogy of its own.

Robert Downey Jr. Signs to ‘Harvey’

Robert Downey Jr. Signs to ‘Harvey’

Robert Downey Jr.L.A. Times is reporting that Robert Downey Jr. is going to be taking on the role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Harvey,” a stage-play first adapted for the screen with Jimmy Stewart in the starring role.

The the classic Pulitzer-prize winning stageplay tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend, a rabbit that no one else can see.

Jimmy Stewart received and Oscar nomination for his performance of Elwood. I think if anyone is suited for the part of Elwood Dowd, its Robert Downey Jr.

Other names thrown around were Tom Hanks, and Will Smith. But I’d be pretty happy to see Downey take this role.

Spielberg To Tackle Next Michael Crichton Novel

Dreamworks has announced that Steven Spielberg is developing a movie based on Michael Crichton’s next novel.  “Pirate Latitudes.”  “Latitudes,” is the first of reportedly several posthumous Crichtion novels to be published.  (The book comes out in November.)

David Koepp, (screenwriter for “Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds,” and, um, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Of course, Spielberg and Crichton joined forces for “Jurassic Park,” and “The Lost World,” which worked out pretty well.

I’m thinking the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” movies may have both increased interest in pirate movies while at the same time, burned off that interest as quickly as possible.  Plus, Spielberg won’t be taking a wink-and-a-smile approach to the pirate movie, I’m guessing.  All of that said, if we’ve learned nothing in the past few months, it’s that Spielberg attaches himself to a lot of crap and very little of it ever gets made.  That Matt Helm movie?  Harvey?  And what about Abe Lincoln?  Wake me when shooting starts…

Spielberg to Direct ‘Harvey’

Steven Spielberg is a curious fellah, because sometimes I feel like he’s got so much on queue, its a wonder how anything gets done. But, time to add another to the beard’s long list of upcoming projects.

Spielberg will be directing a remake of the 1950 classic Harvey, about a man and his best friend (a giant invisible rabbit).

The original film was based on the stage-play written by Mary Chase. A coproduciton between Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox, the film is set to begin production early next year.

Indiana Jones 5 on the way?

Apparently Shia LaBeouf says Indiana Jones 5 is in the works. The actor told BBC news that “Steven [Spielberg] just said that he cracked the story on it before I left and I think they’re gearing that up.”

Well, I guess we’ll see what happens with this one.

Tintin Release Date

It is official, Paramount and Sony have announced the official release schedule of the first Tintin movie, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”  being directed by Steven Spielberg. The film will be released December 23, 2011, after being released internationally in late October/early November.

The film stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Tintin, Daniel Craig as the villain Red Rachkam, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and a slew of other great actors.

The film has been in production since January of 2009, and is going to be much like the Zemeckis 3D motion capture films. The second film will be directed by Peter Jackson, who is also a producer, and depending on the success of the film, possibly a third.

The character of Tintin comes from the graphic novels written by Hergé, the story spans 24 books. The first book was published in 1929. Tintin is an international series, with over 200 million copies being sold worldwide, and translated into 70 different languages.

Spielberg & Jackson Talk “Tintin”

In a video taped for some sort of comic convention in Europe, we have the first look at Steven Spielbeg and Peter Jackson talking about the upcoming “Tintin” project.  Both Spielberg and Jackson appear in the video, wearing bowler hats a la the Thompson Twins, and talk a little about the upcoming movie.  You want to check it out, click here.

Word on the project is quiet at the moment, but from what I understand, Spielberg has either wrapped or is close to wrapping his production of the first film.  Production now heads to New Zealand where WETA will take over and begin the animation process.  (Spielberg will check in on-line and not make the flight.)

“The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” is scheduled for release in 2011.

“Raiders” Story Meeting Transcript Released

You need to see this.  It’s unbelieveable.

The website Mystery Man on Film has posted something amazing.  In 1978, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan sat down to talk about an idea that George and Steve had.  The character’s name?  Indiana Smith.  What has been posted is a transcript of a five day meeting between the three.

Kasdan wrote the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” script, so this is Spielberg and Lucas throwing out ideas.  You also hear how these two greats piece together back-story.  And character names.  It’s truly unbelievable.  Go check it out and download it before it gets yanked.  It’s really cool.