Tintin creator Hergé was born a century ago today, and although the Belgian cartoonist died in 1983, his beloved creation remains as popular as ever. Hergé's "The Adventures of Tintin" remains constantly in print with more than 220 million copies sold, DreamWorks is producing a new movie version of the character with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, and the Associated Press reports the first brick was laid yesterday at the site of the Hergé Museum just outside of Brussels. It is quite an auspicious birthday, to say the least.
Hergé (real name Georges Remi) and his creation Tintin are hugely popular around the world, particularly in Europe, and the museum is expected to be a success. If so, it will be in contrast to American efforts to maintain similar cartooning museums, most of which have failed due to a lack of public interest.
According to Variety, the Tintin project from DreamWorks will include three back-to-back features produced in 3D animation using motion capture technology. WETA Digital, the outfit behind the visual effects for Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, will provide visual effects for the Tintin features. WETA will work once again with King Kong and Avatar motion capture house Giant Studios to create Tintin's performances. Peter Jackson will direct at least one of the films and Steven Spielberg will direct another. The third director has yet to be revealed.
Happy birthday, Hergé!
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