'Adventures of Tintin': First look at the Spielberg-Jackson collaboration

tin-tin-empireTaking a break from any Hobbit drama, producer Peter Jackson teamed up with director Steven Spielberg to give Empire magazine the first look at their upcoming 3-D, motion-capture Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Based on the books by Belgian writer-illustrator Hergé, the story revolves around young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell), Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), and the nefarious pirate Red Rackham (Daniel Craig). Spielberg and Jackson wanted to stay true to Hergé’s artwork, while drawing inspiration from film noir and the German Brechtian theater. Empire has shots of Tintin (with his dog Snowy) and Captain Haddock online. It also quotes Jackson admitting that some people thought he and Spielberg had gone mad when they cast Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the detective twins Thompson and Thomson. Spielberg notes how well they actually complement each other as foils and that when they argue over whose sidekick is whose in the film, it’s a highlight.

Is this collaboration all you had hoped for? (If Empire has a shot of Craig in his motion-capture suit, I will definitely be picking up this issue.)

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Spielberg, Jackson Team, for ‘Tintin’

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  • harry

    yeeeeeeesssssssssss!!!

  • Mel

    Who was complaining about the casting of Pegg and Frost as Thompson and Thomson? That’s the absolute perfect casting.

    • therealeverton

      I can only assume it was some ill informed people who didn’t get the Mo-cap thing meant that Pegg and Frost didn’t have to look alike to play the Twins. If not, shame on them :)

  • julie

    As a LOOONG time TinTin fan, I cannot wait until this movie comes out! Alas, I will probably have to go by myself as no one else in my family feels the same….

  • retirednotdead

    oh yes! so happy moffet isn’t involved.

  • Cheekee

    Going to be weird watching seeing the French films of TinTin.

  • Stacie

    Even though I am not familiar with the story, I am really excited to see this.

  • tracy bluth

    Sounds awesome, although every time I see the word “unicorn” I still think of Blade Runner.

    • Mr. Holloway

      I think “Legend.”

  • josh

    I don’t know anything about the source material,but the prospect of a Pegg-Frost-Spielberg collaboration with Peter Jackson producing is enough to make any serious movie fan anxiously await this film.

  • you

    moffet forever hollywood hacks never

  • Richard Miller

    Your article fails to mention the writer of the “Tin Tin” film. Its STEVEN MOFFITT he is, of course, current show runner and head writer on a little project called “Doctor Who” and co-creator of “Sherlock”. Seems perhaps he should get a little notice!

    • therealeverton

      After his dreadful, destruction of 21st Century Dr Who this year a lot of people will be keeping his involvement in that show way, way at the back of their minds.

      He’s an excellent writer and anything he writes that doesn’t involve the words Doctor & Amy Pond is to be anticipated, but he’s turned millions off Dr Who this year, literally including just about everyone i know who liked the show. I was in a conversation just yesterday about how the TV highlight of the past 4 years has been Dr Who, but this year we’re not even going to record it to watch later.

      Yes i am aware that there are also millions who love this year’s season of Dr Who, but even a fair few of them admit that rapidly constructed, space fairing Spitfires and Robots that pass for human but then start making comedy “whir, clank, whirr” robot sounds as soon as we discover they are robots are embarrassments that not everyone can live with. Along with “..act like you can see” Yikes. Get him writing quality episodes and NOT show running Dr Who ASAP please. Sarah Jane is more appealing at the mo, although my daughters were horrifies to see the “new” Dr was in Sarah Jane adventures for an episode and pleaded to the gods that didn’t mean it was going to be as unwatchable as Who 2010.

      • Joe Cassara

        You are totally full of crap.

  • therealeverton

    Oh yes, definately looking forward to this film.

  • West Archer

    Edgar Wright behind the script. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. Armond White is going to be screaming like a little girl when he sees this film. (Of course, he doesn’t like Peter Jackson…) But that’s okay. I am too. I am a huge Tintin fan and I am really excited. I hope my American buddies pick up on the excitement too.

  • BrandonK

    Oh man, awesome! It really looks like the books’ illustrations come to life. Definitely looking forward to this one!

  • pastafarian

    I thought this was Rin Tin Tin, and wondered why a K-9 Cop would be chasing after unicorns >.>

  • laylagalise

    So excited!

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