Traveling back in time to kill Adolf Hitler is always a great start to a movie/book/weekend. If you’ve never had a chance to read the 2007 Eisner Award winning graphic novel I Killed Adolf Hitler by Norway’s John Arne Sæterøy (AKA JASON) you might have a chance to just wait for the movie. The Hollywood Report is reporting that that Studio Eight has optioned the film rights and tapped screenwriter D.C. Walker of Up Country Productions to adapt.
The book is about the “adventures of a hitman who encounters complications after traveling back in time to 1938 to assassinate Hitler” and with Jason’s work often being compared to Herge‘s Adventures of Tin Tin that recently hit the screen it’s clear to see why it got picked up and speculation that it would be made with performance capture, as Herge’s Tintin was last year has already started.
Get ready to live vicariously (and jealously) through some other lucky nerd. Quint of Ain’t It Cool News recently went on a trip to New Zealand to do what? Duh, visit the set of The Hobbit, which I believe is easily the number one thing to do in New Zealand. Peter Jackson production = instant tourism. Quint has returned with an abundance of exclusive set photos as well as a bunch of spoilers wrapped up as neat, tidy scene descriptions.
If you are at all excited about The Hobbit, and aren’t afraid to see a little of the movie behind the magic, then you must go to AICN for Quint’s entire report. For now, why not enjoy this completely copy ‘n’ pasted sample of set photos with accompanying description,
Sir Ian is there and is delivering some lines for this wide shot, giving Tall Paul his cues to wave an arm or shoot a look back over his shoulder to the dwarves and giving the other actors in the scene the real Gandalf to react to.
Gandalf (affectionately referred to as “Gandy” by the crew) is essentially shouting orders to the dwarves to search the area, in a way acting like a parent chaperoning a school field trip, trying to keep everybody on task. Sir Ian came in for the next set up, which was closer. With the incline of the slope and various dips and valleys to the landscape they were able to get Sir Ian and the dwarves into the same shot without using doubles.
It is Bilbo who finds the entrance to the troll cave, which was a giant rock set out at a sharp angle over the forest floor. A set had been constructed a good 100 feet away, but Peter didn’t like it, so they used this natural spot for the mouth of the cave. There was talk that there might be a new interior set constructed back in Wellington for reverse shots.
Amongst the stash of treasure and weapons taken from poor dwarves, elves, orcs and men captured and eaten by these trolls is a tiny elvish blade, barely bigger than a dagger for a regular man, but just the right size for a Hobbit.
Unless I’m misremembering Fellowship, Peter Jackson filmed Gandalf handing Sting over to Bilbo to mirror Bilbo giving Frodo the sword in LOTR. In other words, he makes a moment out of it. With the beautiful green forest in the background (cave entrance), Martin reluctantly receives the sword, pulling it slowly out of its sheath.
Thorin gets Orcrist here as well, which you can see him wield in his promo picture by the way. Orcrist is a long, flat blade and they filmed a scene of Richard Armitage swinging it down in a wide arc striking down a leaping evil thing to be added in digitally before all is said and done.
Kili uses a bow and arrow and the rest of the team have their own different weapons, like Graham McTavish’s Dwalin wields two axes and William Kircher’s Bifur more often than not uses stabbing weapons like spears. There’s also single axes, clubs and even cooking spoons as in the case of the fattest of the dwarves, Bombur (Stephen Hunter), who I’m convinced was modeled after Harry.
Gandalf and Radagast share a scene as well. Sylvester McCoy plays Radagast the Brown, a somewhat kooky wizard who is more at home with animals, insects and flora than he is with people.
Based on what I’ve seen over the last few weeks I think it’s going to be a toss up between Bombur and Radagast on who will steal the movie. Bombur is just so loveable and funny and Radagast is ridiculously endearing, an absent-minded St. Francis of Assisi.
Radagast comes with a word of warning that foreshadows some trouble our group will run into later. The words “Mirkwood,” “webs,” “Ungoliant” and “Dol Guldur” are mentioned.
Due to the complexity of shooting a group of different sized races they had to do an effects shot in this location. As Radagast arrives and talks with Gandalf the dwarves look on, distrusting this newly arrived individual. Bilbo is there as well and is obviously taken aback by this weird man (even once pulling an Office and looking at the camera with wide eyes, head slightly shaking… how cool is that?).
As you can see in the picture above he’s mostly being used as Gandalf’s stand in and it’s pretty eerie just how much he looks like Sir Ian when in full Gandalf getup. There are some shots from the side where all you can see is beard, hat and nose and that’s enough to make your brain register Gandalf, even in person.
Paul has worked closely with Sir Ian to make sure his Gandalf moves in much the same way as Sir Ian’s.
Before playing Wizards, Tall Paul was, believe it or not, a cop.
I’m sure your mouth is literally watering for some moving pictures from The Hobbit. Sorry, that’s not what we have here. What we’ve got here is a video of Elijah Wood telling you the trailer for, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (which is the first half of entire Hobbit tale) will be attached to The Adventures of Tin Tin.
So, yeah, woot! We’ve got that going for us. ‘Tis the season for highly anticipated trailers.
For those of us that arrived a little late to the party, the Adventures of Tintin: Secret of The Unicorn is a full CGI film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. It’s insane just how much of the movie is computer generated and now everyone gets their first look at the stunning details of it all. Based on a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi in 1929 until 1976, the series dealt with mystery, murder and even slapstick humor. It’s a awesome as Belgian chocolate but with explosions and fist fights, take a look.
Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Daniel Craig the film depicts Tintin’s first encounter with Captain Haddock and the discovery of a clue to the treasure of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. They set out to find it with protection from a prison escapee who tried to get the treasure as well as Detectives Thompson and Thomson.
The Adventures of Tin Tin: Secrets of The Unicorn hits theaters everywhere December 23, 2011
At least this is what The New York Times is reporting today. Every year at San Diego Comic-Con the stars and fans mingle on the show room floor among Princess Leias and dozens of whomever’s the most popular superhero. Some fans had begun complaining about the large Hollywood presence but even among such complaints Comic-Con’s attendance only grows. Every one wants to see the sneak peak of an upcoming can’t miss film, but you might not have the chance this year.
Apparently, Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks and The Weinstein Company have no plans of attending Comic-Con. This would mean big ticket items like The Dark Knight Rises, Superman and John Carter of Mars would have no professional presence at the con. Outrageous! There’s even talk of Marvel not making an appearance to promote their films which I find highly, highly unlikely. This would mean no chance of seeing anything fromThe Avengers!
For years we had through Comic-Con was a jumping off point for many of these films; this was where they built buzz. What’s the cause for this change in tune? It’s us. The fans who generate the buzz, because sometimes we don’t create the kind of buzz studios want to hear. This is from the report in The New York Times,
Comic-Con, as a growing number of movie marketers are realizing, has turned into a treacherous place. Studios come seeking buzz, but the Comic-Con effect can be more negative than positive. The swarm of dedicated fans — many of whom arrive at the convention in Japanese anime drag or draped in Ewok fur — can instantly sour on a film if it doesn’t like what it sees, leaving publicity teams with months of damaging Web chatter to clean up.
Well, how about you make better movies, Hollywood. That seems to be the obvious answer. Often what I see happening is a movie will score big with the geek demographic, the fans at Comic-Con, but not with the general movie-going public. Take Scott Pilgim vs The World for example, not a single person I knew who went and saw the film in theatres was dissapointed. Problem is, I can count those people on one hand. Not getting the general public excited about your movie seems like Marketing’s fault, doesn’t it?
Thankfully, none of this is set in stone as Comic-Con won’t announce the final schedule until two weeks prior to the convention so movie studios have a chance to change their minds. And even if Warner Bros. and Marvel bail, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Fox and Paramount still have plans to appear and share some awesomesauce from The Amazing Spider-man, Cowboys & Aliens, andRise of the Planet of the Apes. It’s rumored even Steven Spielberg will make an appearance to promote The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
Even if some big name studios decide to pass on Comic-Con I wouldn’t expect it to be a big bust. Plenty of nerdy crap will be revealed and you’ll have just as good a chance of nailing some drunken cosplayer. But does this news put a bit of a damper on your Comic-Con festivities?
Admittedly, I don’t know goddamn thing about The Adventures of Tin Tin. Well that’s not entirely true. I am aware that it’s an 80 something year old European cartoon strip about a globe trotting boy and his dog. Beyond that, I’m completely oblivious.
With that said, I do not know how well the material lends itself to being adapted to a full-length film. Nor do I know if a film is called for or not, but as of right now, I’m excited that a film is happening. Really, I could give two shits about about the source material, I’m just getting a chubby at the names involved in this adaption. Lookie here:
It’s a joint collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. And it’s written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) & Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). It will feature the voices and mo-cap likeness of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, among others.
Dude, if that doesn’t scream potential I dunno what does.
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, opens in the UK on October 26 and in the US on December 23. Apparently, will get to see our first official look at some footage tomorrow. In the meantime, Empire has the debut of the international poster. It looks like something out Carmen San Diego. Tin Tin depicted in globe-trotter mode, I dunno what else I was expecting. I guess it serves it’s purpose.
I will say that I am getting a Robert Zemeckis vibe from this. That concerns me. I really don’t want to see another Christmas Carol/Polar Express. The dead eyes of the CGI characters haunt me so. Regardless, I have a lot of faith and trust that names attached to this project got something good brewing.
Have a look at the full sized poster international poster, as well as the domestic one-sheet below. Tune into tomorrow to check out some footage.