...after they submitted a final budget of $130 million for their 3-D animated movie “Tintin,” based on the Belgian comic strip, to Universal Pictures, the studio balked. The decision has left the two powerful filmmakers scrambling to find another financial partner.
I can’t help but sigh with relief. There are just some things that don’t sound right, and a “digital 3-D animated movie version” of Tintin is most certainly one of them. Not that this means that the movie won’t get made at all, mind you. It’s common knowledge that the project is close to Spielberg’s heart, as he has been wanting to make a movie based on Herge’s boy reporter since 1983. But with Steven Moffat’s departure as writer on the project, and now with Universal pulling out, its future is certainly in flux.