It seems there has been quite a big a shake up on the upcoming Tintin trilogy. It was thought that Peter Jackson would be directing the first movie after he had finished work on The Lovely Bones, but it now appears that is not the case and Spielberg will be the man in the directors chair for the first outing. This could be due to a number of reasons, but the one that sticks out is that Peter Jackson may want to get started on The Hobbit now the writers strike is over. It may also explain why Spielberg’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been delayed. This information comes from actor Andy Serkis, who spoke to IndieLondon about the films. Serkis, who has worked with Peter Jackson before on a number of films such as King Kong and Lord Of The Rings, also confirmed that he will be playing Captain Haddock.
Q. Are you going to be reuniting with Peter Jackson again for Tintin?
Andy Serkis: In fact tomorrow I’m flying out to start on Tintin. Steven Spielberg is directing the first one, and then Peter Jackson is doing the second. The bulk of the shoot starts in September but things got a little bit moved around after the writers’ strike.
Q. Were you at all worried when Peter first got back in touch that having played Gollum and King Kong, he might ask you to play Snowy the dog?
Andy Serkis: [laughs] Absolutely, in fact people assume that I am, which is even more disturbing [he’s playing Captain Haddock].