Serkis books travel time with 'Tintin'


Andy Serkis is reteaming with director Peter Jackson for DreamWorks' "Tintin," the movie trilogy collaboration from Jackson and Steven Spielberg.

Although DreamWorks would not confirm, it is believed Serkis will play Captain Haddock, a temperamental sea captain, in British scribe Steven Moffat's adaptation of the European comic strip created by Herge (HR 10/2).

In the comics, Tintin is a young Belgian reporter and world traveler who is aided in his adventures by his faithful dog Snowy and later accompanied by characters like Haddock, Professor Cuthbert Calculus and bumbling detectives Thomson and Thompson. The books, hugely popular in Europe, have been translated into 50 languages with more than 200 million sold.

Kathleen Kennedy is producing the three feature films, which will be made using performance-capture technology and produced in digital 3-D. Jackson and Spielberg are each directing an installment, with the director of the third movie yet to be determined.

Serkis, who played the wretched Gollum in Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films and appeared in Jackson's remake of "King Kong," will also appear in the upcoming adventure film "Inkheart" and the crime thriller "Sugarhouse."

He is repped by Gersh, Principal Entertainment and the U.K.'s Lou Coulson Associates.