A little over one week after making headlines in a lawsuit brought by the trust which owns the 1942 Cornell Woolrich story which Rear Window was based on, Steven Spielberg is making news again. The Los Angeles Times reports that in a scenario more implausible than most of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Steven Spielberg (E.T.) and Peter Jackson’s (The Lord Of The Rings) new project has been rejected by a major studio.
After reviewing the final submitted budget of $130 million for a 3-D motion capture (see Beowulf) version of Belgian export Tintin, Universal balked. The LAT article reasons, “According to several people close to the project, Tintin would have to rake in $425 million worldwide in ticket sales before the studios could break even,” as “[Spielberg and Jackson] would walk away with more than $100 million before Universal and DreamWorks could make a profit.” At press time, it was unclear who would have played Tintin’s dog, Snowy.