§ Producer Kathleen Kennedy (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) shed some light on the Tintin movies during BENJAMIN BUTTON promos — sounds like there will be three after all:
First up is the motion capture project based on Herge’s legendary comic book character, Tintin. Kennedy confirms that the series is still moving ahead as a trilogy and that a third director will not be brought in for the third part.
Q: When are we going to get our first look at “Tintin”?
Kathleen Kennedy: We’re shooting all the capture beginning in February.
Q: Is it still planned for three movies?
Q: Do you have a director for the third one?
Kennedy: It’ll be Peter [Jackson] or Steven [Spielberg]. They’re going to do all of them.
§ The Toronto Star has the effrontery to name Comics that should stay on the page:
Hard Boiled: This ultra-violent comic “written” by Sin City’s Frank Miller is little more than an orgy of robot fights, nasty deaths and destruction, though the cluttered art by Geof Darrow is pretty cool. The robots think they’re human, but there’s no story to speak of.
Harbinger: Based on Jim Shooter’s graphic novel about teenagers with special powers, this is director Brett Ratner’s attempt to redo an X-Men-type story. Anybody who saw X-Men 3 knows he shouldn’t be given the chance.
§ Ironically, given the above, rumbles of SIN CITY 2 — a staple of any comics/movies talk — are being heard out behind the shed:
IGN recently confirmed with Frank Miller that plans for the film are fully underway. “Sin City 2 is written…It’s mainly a matter of working out the details of the production. I’m hoping to do it with Robert Rodriguez again in the same circumstances that we did the first one, and we could be shooting as soon as April.” Those who followed the first film’s production will know that Miller was heavily involved in the direction of the film (Rodriguez chose to resign from the Director’s Guild, so that Miller could officially be credited as such. Miller was also a producer for the film). On Friday, IESB reported that Rosario Dawson corroborated Miller’s story, and that Dawson would be reprising her role as Gail.
However, Mickey Rourke, who is highly touted as a potential Oscar® nominee for his performance in THE WRESTLER, is not so gung-ho for a second turn as Marv:
“No, I’m not interested in that right now. That’s not a reality right now. It’s pissing in the wind,” Rourke admitted. “There’s different factions going different directions there. I don’t know. That’s three hours of make up and I’m claustrophobic, so I’m going to have to work something out.”