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mct16
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#651 · Posted: 15 Nov 2011 16:24
rainise:
Which books were used in the movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn?

"The Secret of The Unicorn" and "Crab with the Golden Claws".
Well, sort of...
Like most film adaptations they took an element of this and an element of that and turned into it one glorious mish-mash with added elements of the makers' own - such as the Jackie Chan-like stunt with the motorbike.

rainise:
And is is true that there will be two more Tintin movies coming out?

That appears to be the case. To the best of my knowledge the sequel is expected to focus on the Inca stories, "The Seven Crystal Balls" and "Prisoners of the Sun" and maybe elements of "Red Rackham's Treasure".
Tintinrulz
Member
#652 · Posted: 16 Nov 2011 02:02
Reports from Anthony Horowitz, the scriptwriter, indicate that the second movie is unlikely to be The Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun BUT that it's very likely that will be the third movie. They also hinting that they would like to do a fourth movie.
jock123
Moderator
#653 · Posted: 16 Nov 2011 13:45
Tintinrulz:
Anthony Horowitz, the scriptwriter, indicate that the second movie is unlikely to be The Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun

I think he’s only said that Prisoners wouldn’t be the basis of the next one - I don’t know if that applies to Crystal Balls as well.

My gut feeling is that they have been surprised by the success of the first film, and are now deciding to back peddle a bit on how fast they use up original books – if they plan to do further sequels after the third film, they don’t want to use up too many.

I could see them spinning things out a bit, and having the next one Red Rackham, with a bit of Crystal Balls, then the third the rest of Crystal Balls and Prisoners, then something like the Moon books for a fourth?
mct16
Member
#654 · Posted: 16 Nov 2011 15:51
jock123:
something like the Moon books for a fourth?

Will they focus solely on the actual Moon books? or will they include a sub-plot with the Bordurians kidnapping Calculus for the Moon rocket plans; and, with the last of the oxygen on the return journey running out, Tintin and friends being saved at the last minute by Kanrokitoff and his alien friends?
Balthazar
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#655 · Posted: 16 Nov 2011 19:46
jock123:
if they plan to do further sequels after the third film, they don’t want to use up too many.

They seem to have used up most of the pre-Haddock adventures in that quick montage of press cuttings they show near the start of the film! I guess it was quite a slick way to establish a bit of background for film-goers new to Tintin. But it did occur to me when I was watching it that they were rather burning their bridges by ruling out all those early books for future films.
jock123
Moderator
#656 · Posted: 16 Nov 2011 20:47
Balthazar:
it did occur to me when I was watching it that they were rather burning their bridges by ruling out all those early books for future films.

Oh I don’t thinks so – they can always do them as flash-backs: “Did I ever tell you Captain, that I’d been to Syldavia before…?” (Cue the harp glissando and rippling screen…)

Or just imagine, the camera wanders around the wall once more, but instead of pulling away, it goes into the photograph…

If they need them, they’ll do them!
Bordurian Thug
Member
#657 · Posted: 17 Nov 2011 18:47
Possibly the worst piece I've seen yet which takes some doing. Actually possibly the worst piece of journalism I've ever seen, and I've read the Daily Star!

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100118213/why-tintin-is-a- blarite/
Balthazar
Moderator
#658 · Posted: 17 Nov 2011 20:30
Bordurian Thug:
Possibly the worst piece I've seen yet which takes some doing.

That's pretty horrible, I grant you, but I think it might be contested in the total drivel stakes by this piece from the Daily Record (probably Scotland's most knuckle-headed and mindlessly flag-waving newspaper, and that's saying something!)

It seems to be an unwritten rule in journalism that every article about Tintin has to contain at least one slightly inaccurate statement. But, as you'll see, virtually every paragraph in this piece - particularly in the first half of the article - contains at least one horribly mangled or completely inaccurate fact if not several. No opportunity to get a concept, date or even key book title wrong has been missed!

In fairness to their "Tintinologist" professor, I guess it may be that he didn't actually spout any of this bilge himself, but may be being badly misunderstood and misquoted by the journalist responsible for writing the piece. Who knows who's to blame, but you can sort of see which actual fact or idea about Tintin or Hergé might lie behind most of the bizarre statements (which makes it all the more painful to read, of course.)
Tintinrulz
Member
#659 · Posted: 17 Nov 2011 23:31
That article was terrible! I will say this though. English-speaking Tintin fans, having grown up/only read the English translations (myself included) can be forgiven for thinking Captain Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis, belonged to the British Navy rather than serving under Louis XIV of France, as in the original album, as that's what the English translations led us to believe.
Balthazar
Moderator
#660 · Posted: 18 Nov 2011 15:10 · Edited by: Balthazar
Curious as to what else Laurence Gove might have written on Tintin, I did a quick google search and found this article he wrote for the BBC website a few years ago – wrote himself, rather than being "quoted" by a journalist. As you can see, it's fairly accurate, as you'd expect, given he's apparently president of the International Bande Desinée Society, and his opinions are much more measured. True, many of us would disagree with some of his pet theories and statements about Hergé and his characters and books (and quite a few people have disagreed in the comments section below the article), but that seems fair enough - all within the realm of healthy debate. It's certainly nothing like the mangled mess in the Daily Record piece.


This bolsters my suspicion that the Daily Record journalist is to blame. My guess (a completely uninformed guess, I should stress) is that the journalist was trawling the net for info on Tintin in the week of the movie release, found this old article and skim-read it, maybe phoned the author, then rehashed everything from the original article and interview, mangling all the facts, mis-grasping all the opinions and hyping up the Scottish angle. You can sort of see the unmangled origins of most of the article's wilder statements in the more sober original article.

Assuming something like that is the case, my sympathies to Laurence Gove, and, if he happens to chance upon this thread, my apologies for giving the Daily Record piece more publicity!

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