Steven Spielberg will be making his first Comic-Con appearance next week as part of the mogul’s efforts to drum up more excitement for his big-screen adaptation of the beloved Belgian comic book character Tintin, which will be using the not-quite-accepted-by-audiences motion-capture technology. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ — with translations published in more than 80 languages and with more than 350 million copies of the books sold to date — is not too familiar to American audiences, though an animated series did appear on U.S. television in the early 1990s. Spielberg, who hasn’t shown up at Comic-Con for any of his earlier sci-fi or adventure projects, will appear July 22 to accept the Inkpot award and show some bits from the film (which opens under the title ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ on Dec. 23). [Deadline]
Screenwriter David Goyer is gonna be stomping around with ‘Godzilla,’ which is being remade by Legendary Pictures under the direction of Gareth Edwards. Goyer wrote the company’s upcoming ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘Batman Begins,’ and had a hand in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘The Dark Knight,’ and has now been hired by Legendary to pen the ‘Godzilla’ screenplay from a draft written by David Callaham. Legendary bought the rights to ‘Godzilla’ in March 2010 from Toho Film Co. of Japan, which made the original 1954 ‘Gojira.’ ‘Godzilla’ and his “friends” Mothra, Megalon, Rodan and others are still strong favorites of boys around the world and sell comic books, figurines and DVDs in the millions. [Deadline]
David Heyman, who produced all eight Harry Potter films, may be looking to create another magical world for moviegoers — he’s in negotiations with Summit Entertainment to produce an adaptation of Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel ‘The Night Circus.’ The book, which will be published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in September, takes place in the 19th century and centers on “two young illusionists battling out their fathers’ age-old rivalry amidst an enchanted circus, bound by a fated love, and destined to affect the lives of all around them.” [Variety]
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor Helena Bonham Carter with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, which will be held Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. According to the group: “Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of immense versatility, and her range across movies of all genres is at once remarkable and fearless. She unwaveringly maintains her integrity and, through her choice of roles, continually challenges both herself and her audiences’ perception of her.” As previously announced, John Lasseter will receive the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment, and David Yates will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.