Comic-Con 2011: Peter Jackson surprises 'Tintin' panel with appearance alongside Steven Spielberg

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Six thousand people packed into Comic-Con’s Hall H broke out in a simultaneous nerdgasm as Peter Jackson made a surprise appearance alongside Steven Spielberg at this morning’s panel for Dec. 23’s The Adventures of Tintin. Jackson, who has been in production on his long-awaited fantasy epic The Hobbit since the spring, had said in recent days that he would not be attending the convention. Spielberg, who was making his own first-ever appearance at Comic-Con like a deity descending from on high, was greeted with a standing ovation as the panel began. He introduced what was supposed to be a clip of an animation test of the CGI dog in Tintin and was instead a clip of Jackson, wearing a sailor’s cap and holding a bottle of booze, purportedly doing his own screen test for the role of Captain Haddock. Then Jackson himself took the stage. “Working with Steven has been amazing,” Jackson said, deadpan. “I think he shows real promise. If he decides to stick with filmmaking, I think he could really go places.”

Early in the presentation, Spielberg asked the crowd at the beginning of the presentation how many in the crowd had ever read a Tintin book and seemed relieved at the amount of applause: “That makes my job easier.” He said he hoped that the film could kick off a new franchise. “It’s up to you. If you all decide it’s worth seeing, then Peter gets to direct the next one,” he said. Jackson quickly jumped in: “So go see it. Because I want to make my Tintin film. Please, please.”

Spielberg, who served as the director on Tintin, and Jackson, who collaborated closely with him as producer, showed the audience several minutes of 3-D footage from the film, which seemed to get a generally enthusiastic reception from the crowd. The two talked about their fondness for the Tintin books (Spielberg said he first discovered them in 1981 after people compared Raiders of the Lost Ark to the series created by Belgian comics artist Hergé) and touted the advances in performance-capture CGI that made them enthusiastic to film Tintin solely using that technology: “The biggest quantum leap ahead [in that technology’s evolution] were the Na’vi in Avatar,” Spielberg said.

Later in the presentation, as the audience question-and-answer session began, there was another surprise when the first questioner stepped up to the microphone, wearing dark glasses and stammering nervously. “Is it true that when you were filming Tintin, that… that Daniel Craig…  when he met Clint Eastwood… was he wearing mo-cap tights?” After a beat, Spielberg let the audience in on the joke. “Andy Serkis, ladies and gentleman.”

The panel itself was light on big news, but Spielberg did offer a bit of a scoop when, asked by an audience member about the prospect of a fourth Jurassic Park movie, he revealed that the project is in the works: “We have a story. We have a writer who’s writing the treatment, and hopefully we’re going to make it … within the next two or three years.”

Read more: Entertainment Geekly‘s 2011 Comic-Con coverage


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  • Chris

    What do you yell during a nerdgasm? The numbers in the greek letter PI? All of the registry numbers for the Enterprise? The space time coordinates of Gallifrey?

    • ltchy

      lt can vary, but the one rule is that it has to be in Klingon.

      • lover

        I am a beautiful woman, divorced and I love good educated man…..rich romance is my dream… so I joined —- WêálthyC’onnêct.C’óM—–it’s where to- connect with beautiful and su?cessf?l people! Maybe you wanna ch’eck it out or tell your friends.
        —-
        —But it looks wonderful, and I love the old school adventures, a la Indiana Jones and the Rocketeer.

      • The REAL LOL is crap

        Well alls I know is that the trailer for “Tintin,” while competently executed, does absolutely nothing towards making me want to go see the film. And it certainly didn’t seem to affect the theatregoers at “Captain America” last night—all I heard was “eh,” or “that looks stupid.”

    • karen

      gallifrey is outside of space and time.

      • Julia

        :)

      • Martin

        Gallifrey galactic coordinates: ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two from galactic zero centre

    • Lois

      Chris Hardwick is that you?

  • A.F. for EW

    Spielberg and Peter Jackson live in the room? What I would have given to be a fly on the wall for that…damn!

    • harry

      Indeed!!!

  • Cygnus

    After I saw the latest trailer for TinTin, I’m sold. I was weery at first, thinking it would be another creepy-eye fest like the Polar Express. But it looks wonderful, and I love the old school adventures, a la Indiana Jones and the Rocketeer.

    • The Masked Grammaro

      It’s “leery,” not “weery.”

      • Lacey

        Actually, I think Cygnus was shooting for “wary.”

  • kevin

    Why do people who enjoy some flights of fancy have to be called names like nerd. Forgot – cretins feel so insecure.

    • Baked waker

      Ironic much?

  • podunkboy

    I wear the “nerd” badge with honor. Little late in the game to take offense.

  • stickittotheman

    I loved the Tintin books too, but am not sold on a screen version. However, with Spielberg, Jackson and writer Steven Moffat behind it, the film should rock.

  • John Huston

    Spielberg is not a nice person. Stop worshiping clay idols. Do any of you nerds actually know what Spielberg is like? You’re fools. You’re wasting your life worshiping at the altar of egregious, egomaniacal twitbrains. Well, it’s your life. Waste it. What do I care?

    • Rach

      I will. I like to be entertained. I don’t care if the artist is nice or not. What did Spielberg do to you, by the way?

  • Lois

    I’m lukewarm on Tintin, but can’t wait to see The Hobbit.

  • scorpio9094

    This is the one movie I’m looking forward to aside from Harry Potter. I grew up watching the Tin Tin cartoons in the 60’s. The trailer looks to be very true to the originals.

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