Los Angeles: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have joined hands to direct and produce a series of three films based on the beloved Belgian comic-strip hero Tintin.
The talented film-makers would direct at least one of the films each and serve as producers on all three. Tintin has long been a pet project for Spielberg, who finally secured the film rights to the comic series.
Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, had already developed a test film which had brought the characters created by George Remi, better known by his pen name Herge, to life, the report said.
Spielberg said the computer animation technology used for the films would be unlike anything ever seen.
“Herge’s characters have been reborn as living beings, expressing emotion and a soul which goes far beyond anything we’ve seen to date with computer animated characters,” Spielberg said.
“We want Tintin’s adventures to have the reality of a live-action film, and yet Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not honour the distinctive look of the characters and world that Herge created,” Spielberg added.
Jackson said although the movies would be computer generated, the characters would not look cartoonish. “Instead we’re making them look photorealistic,” he said.