Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that principal production has begun in Los Angeles on the first installment of a Tintin feature film, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn will be a 3D Motion Capture film to be released in 2011. I’m not a big fan of these motion capture films (I think The Polar Express with Tom Hanks looks just creepy) but maybe a comic book universe like that of Tintin should be animated. In any case I am very curious to see what Spielberg comes up with. They are already talking about a second (to be directed by Peter Jackson) and possibly a third film.
The movie will be based on the 1943 album Secret of the Unicorn, which is the 11th comic book in the series. Stars of the movie include Jamie Bell as the famous reporter Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, Daniel Craig as the nefarious pirate Red Rackham and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the pair of detectives Thompson and Thomson.
The first Tintin adventure by Herge was published eighty years ago, in 1929. Over 200 million copies of the comic books have been sold worldwide and the popular series has been translated into 70 languages. It’s been a while since I read my Tintin albums, but hearing about this news today makes me want to reread them again. I’m definitely looking forward to this movie.