Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy are in negotiations to produce a live-action feature based on "TINTIN" for Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.
The studios are discussing rights with Moulinsart, the Belgian company that holds all "TINTIN" properties created by Georges Remi, who published the adventures of Tintin and his dog 'Snowy' under the pseudonym Herge.
Other characters in the Tintin universe include the drunken 'Captain Haddock', the bumbling identical twin police detectives 'Thomson and Thompson', and the half-deaf, absent-minded, 'Professor Cuthbert Calculus'.
"TINTIN" was first published as a comic strip in 1929, for the Belgian newspaper Le Petit Vingtieme and eventually syndicated and translated into more than 50 languages.
Our own Michael Stevens had worked with actor Christopher Lambert earlier this year on the set of the Toronto-lensed sci-fi film "Absolon", and he asked Lambert about Spielberg's earlier intentions to cast him as 'Tintin'. Lambert replied that at the time, storyboards were roughed out for a proposed "TINTIN" big-screen version, but that "INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE" took precedence over all other Spielberg projects, and that some of the storyboards were used for that film ...