Multilingual Business Communication

November 2, 2008

Tintin and The quest for funds.

Filed under: business communication, crisis communication, Jana Mahieu, marketing communication — meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie @ 6:05 pm

 

 

 

After months of failed negotiations, the movie “Tintin” planned by the directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson may find its funds in a partnership between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.  The two-film series will be based on the Belgian comic strip written by Georges Remi (better known as Hergé) about the globetrotting young reporter we all know as Tintin. The first “Tintin” movie will be based on “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”.

As the New York times states, Universal and Paramount were originally to fund the $130 million budget for the Tintin movies. However last month Universal announced to the press that they were going  to pass on the project, because they were concerned about the profitability of the films. In fact Spielberg and Jackson want a third of the movie’s gross receipts and in these financially difficult times this was just too much for Universal.

Today, Sony is in the middle of negotiations with  Paramount to co-finance the films.  The electronics giant offered to take the movie under a deal more to the filmmakers’ demands, but Paramount wouldn’t let go entirely and began discussing a partnership. For Sony, a deal would be the first time SS has worked with the studio as a director since 1991, when he made the movie “Hook”. For Paramount, a deal would be a good step in the readjustment of its relations with Mr. Spielberg and his new DreamWorks company.

Let’s hope this deal comes through so we can enjoy our Belgian hero and his dog (‘Snowy’ in English) on the big screen.

(Jana Mahieu) 

 

 

 

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1 Comment »

  1. I would categorise this as crisis communication as well

    After months of failed negotiations, the movie “Tintin” planned by the directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson may find its funds in a partnership between Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures. The two-film series will be based on the Belgian comic strip written by Georges Remi (better known as Hergé) about the globetrotting young reporter we all know as Tintin. The first “Tintin” movie is expected to be ready for release in 2010 and will be based on “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”.

    Originally Universal and Paramount were to fund the $130 million budget for the Tintin movies but last month Universal decided to pass on the project [,] because they were concerned about the profitability of the films. Spielberg and Jackson want a third of the movie’s gross receipts and in this [these] financial [financially] difficult times this was too much for Universal. The situation became even more complex by Spielberg’s split with Paramount Studio. Spielberg’s production company, Dreamworks, was owned by [belongs to] Paramount but recently Spielberg has been trying to buy back Dreamworks and make it an independent company again.

    Today, Sony is in the middle of negotiations with Paramount to co-finance the films. Paramount formerly offered to make the movie on their terms, but the directors’ representatives didn’t like this proposition. Sony offered to take the movie under a deal more to the filmmakers’ demands, but Paramount wouldn’t let go entirely and began discussing a partnership. For Sony, a deal would be the first time Steven Spielberg has worked [SS will work] with the studio as a director since 1991, when he made the movie “Hook”. For Paramount, a deal would be a good step in the readjustment of its relations with Mr. Spielberg and his new DreamWorks company.

    Let’s hope this deal comes through so we can enjoy our Belgian hero and his dog (‘Snowy’ in English) on the big screen.

    Try creating a bit more personal input, because your text is too much like a summary right now. I would also try to incorporate the urls in your text as hyperlinks.

    Marilyn Michels

    Comment by meertaligebedrijfscommunicatie — November 16, 2008 @ 12:34 pm


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