The meeting between Tintin and Steven Spielberg had to be done for a long time, but it was not until 2011 that the result was finally visible on the screens. Originally, the director had favored an approach in real shots. One of his counterparts made him change his mind.
Steven Spielberg is a long-time admirer of Hergé’s work with Tintin. In the 90s, already, he planned to look at an adaptation to the cinema. Despite his purchase of the rights, the great American director did not tackle the task. Instead, he focused on another adventurer, Indiana Jones. Removed from Tintin for a month, Spielberg finally took an interest in it again when the 2000s came. After a new waiting period during which we could believe that nothing was going to be done again, it was in 2007 that the project is finally announced, with the director at its head. The claimed objective is even to compose a trilogy.
On October 26, 2011, Les Aventures de Tintin: Le Secret de la Licorne was released in French cinemas. An adaptation that draws its inspiration from several albums of the character. It all begins when the hero buys a model of a boat, La Licorne, in a secondhand market. Following this, a chain of events will push him to survey the world to find a hidden secret, while facing enemies who also want to get their hands on it. The film brilliantly manages to transcribe the spirit of the comic book thanks to an animation that allows Steven Spielberg to have fun.
However, his desire, at the beginning, was to move towards an approach in real shots. It could have been interesting and fit in the lineage of Indiana Jones, but it therefore requires more financial means. The main concern has even approached Peter Jackson so that his special effects company, Weta Digital, is in the game. It is the author of the adaptation of The Lord of the Rings to the cinema who convinced his friend to turn to animation. He was convinced that it was better suited to restore the essence of Tintin.
It is not just any technique that has been used but motion capture. The same one that was used to bring Gollum or King Kong to life. It consists in capturing the movements and expressions of the actors to then transcribe them in animation, thus giving an impression of greater realism. This is how Jamie Bell was chosen to play Tintin. In addition, the emperor of the motion capture, Andy Serkis, was also involved, camping the unmistakable Haddock.
In “Don’t Breathe 2”, the character of the Blind Man, played by Stephen Lang, is at the center of the story, instead of the hero. A change in stance that may seem odd, given that he hasn’t paid for his past crimes. We got to ask Fede Alvarez, director of the first film, and co-writer and producer of this sequel.
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