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With a pair of trailers already released, the buzz quickly turned to whether director Steven Spielberg would be making his first Comic-Con appearance to promote The Adventures of Tintin. A couple weeks before Con was about to begin, the iconic movie man made plans to appear in San Diego.
Spielberg was in attendance to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The director then screened test footage from six years ago for Tintin which featured Peter Jackson as Captain Haddock and a CGI dog. When the lights came back up, Peter Jackson appeared on stage to a thunderous ovation.
The directors discussed the details that went into planning the Tintin movie, with Spielberg joking that if the movie performed well, he would let Jackson direct the second one. Before jumping over to Q&A, the duo were asked about future projects including The Hobbit, War Horse, Lincoln and Robopocalypse. They didn't reveal much information, only stating that they were having fun, but Spielberg did reiterate the news that Jurassic Park 4 has a story and will be in theaters within the next 2 to 3 years.
Andy Serkis then opened up Q&A disguised in dark shades and a New York accent. The Hall H crowd popped again when he removed his shades and revealed his face.
Spielberg divulged info that his favorite movies to produce were the Back to the Future trilogy, the one movie he wish he could have directed but ended up taking a producing credit on was American Beauty and his favorite movie to direct was E.T. because for the first time in his life it made him want to have children. "I have 7 now, thanks to E.T.," he quipped.
As the two stood to exit Hall H, the crowd rose to their feet again in a thunderous standing ovation.
The Adventures of Tintin begins December 23rd, five days before Spielberg's other major movie, War Horse.
Derrick Deane, Fandango Content Personnel/Movie Blogger, joined Fandango in 2010, bringing more than 10 years of filmmaking and writing experience with him. While The Godfather, Rear Window and 12 Angry Men are all favorites, he will always have a soft spot for Die Hard, Leon: The Professional and B
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