Peter Jackson is set to reteam with his performance-capture star Andy Serkis for DreamWorks’ Tintin trilogy, based on Georges Remi’s Belgian comic-strip. Steven Spielberg and Jackson will each helm at least one of the three films, though the specific lineup is unknown.
Serki provided the human expression and movements behind such CG characters as Gollum in the director’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the big ape in King Kong.
The studio was mum on which character or characters the actor will play but said it will not be the titular Tintin. It is believed Serkis will play the role of Capt. Haddock, the temperamental sea captain.
The films will chronicle the adventures of Tintin, a junior reporter who will follow stories even though he often finds his own life in jeopardy.
Principal photography on the first film is scheduled to begin in September.
Films will be based on three stories from “The Adventures of Tintin” series by Remi, who wrote under the pen name of Herge, and will be produced in full digital 3-D using performance capture technology. Jackson’s New Zealand-based WETA Digital will provide the f/x work, which will commence before the September start date.
Spielberg and Jackson are producing Tintin alongside Kathleen Kennedy.