Directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is finally off the ground.
The cast of The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn has now been firmed up. Jamie Bell will play Tintin, Andy Serkis will play Captain Haddock, while Daniel Craig will be seen as Red Rackham, the villainous pirate, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thomson. The movie will also have Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook although their roles have not been divulged as yet.
Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig have worked together in the recently released Defiance.
The Adventures of Tintin, Spielberg’s pet project, was planned as a 3D trilogy. The first part of the movie will be directed by Steven Spielberg, while Peter Jackson will direct the second part. As of now it is not clear if there will be a third part; one assumes it depends on the fate of the first two installments of The Adventures of Tintin.
The first movie in the Tintin trilogy was supposed to release in 2010, but with the funding issues that the Tintin movie ran into, the release of the first part has been postponed to 2011.
The writers on board for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn are Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is a 3-D movie using performance capture technology that combines animation with real characters.
The production of Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn has begun in Los Angeles.
The movie will be adapted from two books in The Adventures of Tintin series, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham’s Treasure. In the books, Tintin finds a scroll in the boat of a sailing ship captained by his pal Captain Haddock’s forefather.
The story revolves around Captain Haddock’s ancestor and his battle with an evil pirate, Red Rackam. Tintin and Captain Haddock go looking for the treasure that is now lying on the bottom of the ocean, and get involved in a full-fledged adventure on the high seas.
Steven Spielberg has been planning to make a 3D movie adaptation of Tintin since 1983. In September 2008, when Spielberg and Peter Jackson got together to make the movie, it ran into trouble, with Universal Pictures backing out of a deal with Paramount Pictures to fund the $130 million project.
By this time, Steven Spielberg had already directed bits of the 3D adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin, and Peter Jackson had also been developing performance-capture technology at a cost of $30 million funded by Paramount.
The project was back on track, when Sony stepped in to co-finance the movie with Paramount Pictures, in October 2008.
There are 23 books based on Tintin comics created by Georges Remi under his pen name Hergé.
The Tintin books have been translated into 70 languages, and nearly 200 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide.