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(LA Times)   Universal declines to finance Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's 3D epic 'Tintin' because the film would have to make $425 million just to break even after their 30% cut   (latimes.com) divider line 90
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2008-09-19 12:39:11 PM
I'm still trying to get $7,500 in funding for my Encyclopedia Brown snuff film series.
 
2008-09-19 12:45:01 PM
When I was a kid, Tintin comic books were very popular in French Canada. It was a popular Saturday morning cartoon as well. Tintin is the equivalent to America's Hardy boys or Nancy Drew, except that his adventures were worldwide.
 
2008-09-19 12:48:33 PM
Those greedy farkers deserve to get slapped down like that. Are they serious? A 30% cut of the GROSS (not the profit) with no risk?

That's insanity. Nobody would ever agree to that - especially not for such a shiatty idea (Tintin is crap).
 
2008-09-19 12:51:16 PM
alighier
I'm still trying to get $7,500 in funding for my Encyclopedia Brown snuff film series.

Personally, I loved 'Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the asphyxiated prostitute'
 
2008-09-19 12:54:30 PM
alighier: I'm still trying to get $7,500 in funding for my Encyclopedia Brown snuff film series.

Cast Samuel L Jackson in it and rename it to Encyclopedia Black?
 
2008-09-19 12:56:13 PM
Oh man, I loved Tintin. It was one of my favorite comics as a kid.

I had heard they did want to make a Tintin movie for the longest time but it was in 'development hell'.

What I don't get is how it can cost Spielberg over 130 million clams to make this movie. They were able to get a TV series done in the 90's for probably less then 1/10 of that. Do they have to use motion capture and CGI? The comic was made in the goddamn 60's. Would an attempt at traditional cel kill you?

/sorry, really love Tintin
//don't fark it up Spielberg
 
2008-09-19 12:57:06 PM
they want to make a movie out of TinTin? sweet jebus this should have a SCARY tag
 
2008-09-19 12:59:16 PM
alighier: I'm still trying to get $7,500 in funding for my Encyclopedia Brown snuff film series.

Idaville Detective 'Encyclopedia' Brown Found Dead In Library Dumpster (new window)
 
2008-09-19 01:00:51 PM
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2008-09-19 01:04:09 PM
So,
that's a no no for tin tin?

/maybe they can afford just a tin
 
2008-09-19 01:14:57 PM
Arman N. Havana: yadda yadda yadda

www.cathykeir.co.uk

/blistering barnicles.
 
2008-09-19 01:16:31 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: If your movie involves dinosaurs and space aliens, I get how it can have a $100M+ price tag. But a movie about a kid and his dog? Are they sticking them into the Matrix or something?

Rendering a dinosaur is easy as people won't pick up on discrepancies in the model or lip syncing or anything like that. Spaceships are even easier as they're just big boxes.

Rendering human beings in a way that looks realistic is insanely difficult, as the brain is highly optimized for recognizing faces, so the slightest slip and the model ends up looking fake - or worse, terrifying.

So doing a CGI film containing people can quite conceivably cost much more than a film containing spaceships or dinosaurs.

It also risks looking very dated within a relatively short period of time, whereas traditional animation can look fresh forever (Tron vs the 40s version of Cinderella, for example).

The charm of TinTin is the 60s European feel to the animation (the animated series was made in the 90s and went to great lengths to look much older), so I'm not sure how they'll translate this to 3D.
 
2008-09-19 01:27:19 PM
I'm really surprised this hasn't happened already. You've got It could be the kiddie next Bond, Indiana Jones, and Harry Potter franchises all rolled into one. AND you've got twenty odd completely storyboarded films.

Whoa, I guess the French gave it a shot with the Golden Fleece 1961, wonder if it's available.
 
2008-09-19 01:38:28 PM
Goodfella: How the h311 can it cost more than Lord of the Rings to make? Do they give Captain Haddock gold plated whiskey bottles?

Sorry. I just have to ask.
Why "h311?"

Fark mods aren't that strict.
 
2008-09-19 01:41:11 PM
Not woof woof.

Huah. Huah.
 
2008-09-19 01:44:43 PM
Couldn't they just load the movie with product placement like all the others?

Seriously Hollywood. What the frack? You assholes make plenty of money. It's bad enough to pay for the movie ONCE. We shouldn't have to pay TWICE. Here's the deal: Charge for the movie, OR have ads in it... not both, you greedy bastards.
 
2008-09-19 01:45:58 PM
Tintin? Really? That's destined to make less money than Speed Racer.
 
2008-09-19 01:49:36 PM
"I want to make a movie called Tintin, it's about..."

I have heard enough, no.
 
2008-09-19 02:06:00 PM
I know this sounds weird, but Spielberg always has young boys in states of undress in his films. There's always one scene of some boy looking all innocent and undressed.

Someone else pointed it out and it's all I can notice. He gives me the creeps.
 
2008-09-19 02:27:07 PM
I remember seeing the TinTin cartoon, and I remember thinking it was really good.

It probably would make for a good movie. For $40 million. $400 million is just stupid though.
 
2008-09-19 02:36:30 PM
I came into this thread for "Bashi-bazouks!" and was not disappointed.

Still, is Tintin really "obscure" in North America? Literally every single person I know, male or female, has at least a passing knowledge of Tintin. Maybe it's a Canada thing.
 
2008-09-19 02:55:56 PM
tintintribute.com

Me: So TinTin, how does a 3D animated version of your story cost $130,000,000?

TinTin: "?"
 
2008-09-19 03:07:48 PM
Approves

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2008-09-19 03:08:26 PM
FAIL?

/yay
 
2008-09-19 03:11:38 PM
... the film would have to make $425 million

That should be quite easy in summer 2010, when $425 mill might buy you a loaf of bread.
 
2008-09-19 03:12:58 PM
I'm 24 and have only a passing knowledge of Tintin.Just how did they expect to make money off this? I know in places like France and Canada it would do well but that wouldn't pay off that huge of a budget.
 
2008-09-19 03:13:57 PM
tintin, like football, is insanely popular just about everywhere except in the US. It will make $450million in europe alone.

/universal is nuts
//typical myopic hollywood cowardice
 
2008-09-19 03:14:46 PM
I'm finding it hard to care about this.
 
2008-09-19 03:18:42 PM
Solare: Not woof woof.

Huah. Huah.


You took everything in the thread and pulled it together brillantly. Very Well Done. I'd call you the thread winner but I am afraid I haven't been around long enough to bestow the honor.
 
2008-09-19 03:20:25 PM
Person: Tintin? Really? That's destined to make less money than Speed Racer.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. Supposedly awesome and world famous cartoon beloved by all, watched by nobody I actually know. I've heard of Tintin, my husband read some comics when he was a kid, but neither of us would pay $10 to see a stop-motion kids movie. We're just not fans of that format.
 
2008-09-19 03:36:18 PM
Hey guys I got a great idea, how about instead of a Tintin movie we make a Tintin pie, everybody loves pie.

sharetv.org
 
2008-09-19 03:40:05 PM
I'm drinking this

upload.wikimedia.org

So I'm relly getting a kick out of some of these repliwss
 
2008-09-19 03:50:40 PM
Pointy Tail of Satan: They can always hire Alan Smithee.

I'd do it in a heartbeat.

True story:
As a kid in Belgium, my father was neighbour to Auguste Picard, the scientist whom Herge based his Prof Calculus on.
Picard, at the time, held two world records: the highest a man had ever been (which he did in a balloon), and also the lowest (by deep sea diving).

My father collected all the original Tintins, including the first print BW ones. These I gave to my nephew on his seventh birthday.
Yes, I know they're worth good money, but I'm hoping they'll be a family heirloom.
 
2008-09-19 04:26:50 PM
Proving once again what a hack Spieldberg is.
 
2008-09-19 04:35:30 PM
yep, winner takes all.
 
2008-09-19 04:50:45 PM
Can I just jump in and say that I hope someone makes a big budget pirate blaxsploitation movie, with a big name music person doing a sweet soul soundtrack? Please?
 
2008-09-19 05:36:41 PM
Notably if the project has been in development hell, the current $130 Million budget would reflect all costs already spent on any previous attempts.
 
2008-09-19 06:04:05 PM
Studio Execs making a sensible decision? Have the four horsemen arrived yet?
 
2008-09-20 11:03:42 AM
Sir_Spanksalot: Tin Tin the dog or TinTin the french comic book.

/drtfa


Belgian, not French.
 
2008-09-22 03:14:35 PM
mander: I'm drinking this



So I'm relly getting a kick out of some of these repliwss


Win.
 
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