August 27, 2008 03:44:20 GMT
The surfacing rumor that Steven Spielberg is being replaced by Peter Jackson as the director of 'Tintin' first film has been debunked by his representatives.
Prominent Hollywood director Steven Spielberg remains the helmer of the first installment of "Tintin" trilogy despite recent circulating words stating that he would only be involved in the filming indirectly. Slamming down the speculation, his camp came out insisting that the "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" helmer is still pretty much committed to his behind-the-lens role for the adaptation project.
Giving out a similar response, the representatives of filmmaker Peter Jackson, who was said to be taking over Spielberg's seat on directing the film, claimed that the story is inaccurate. Adding further on the denial, the reps noted that the status of Jackson in this movie still stays on the position of a producer and he is still attached to be the director of the second one.
The story of Spielberg being replaced by Jackson sparked on Tuesday, August 26, after a spokesman from Herge Studios, the company holding the filming rights for the comic character, let out that Jackson will step behind the camera to helm the first movie, which will be adapted from two books of the Adventures of Tintin series, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure.
Chronicling the adventures faced by a junior reporter known simply as Tintin and his friends, his white dog named Snowy, the lunatic Captain Haddock, the muddled genius Professor Calculus and the Thompson Twins, "Tintin" is the first of three movies scripted by Steven Moffat for DreamWorks. Due for 2009 release, it will be starred by Thomas Sangster and Andy Serkis.