Steven Spielberg will hand Tintin over to Peter Jackson after finishing 32 days of performance-capture filming according to Variety. Jackson will focus on the film’s special effects for the next 18 months.
Spielberg will receive sole directing credit on the first film, though even that distinction seems murky given that Jackson is doing the more time-consuming work, spending a year and a half creating the Tintin’s world vs. Spielberg’s one month on set. Jackson also travelled to Los Angeles for rehearsals and for the first week of shooting.
“It’s hard to delineate between directing and producing on films like this,” explains one project insider.
Kennedy insists that the transitions between the two creative talents are relatively seamless. “They are amazingly collaborative, even more so than Steven and George (Lucas were on the ‘Raiders’ films).”
And then, there are the two filmmakers’ differing styles and thematic vibes: Spielberg is more character-oriented and relatively lean while Jackson revels in lavish visuals … and running times.
While it seems like an odd state of affairs, both film-makers know what they are doing and I can’t wait to see how the film develops between now and 2011.