Those film-loving folks over at Empire have got their hands on the first images from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (whatever happened to short titles?). Tintin started as a comic strip created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé in 1929. The strip was so successful that it was collected into a series of twenty-four albums and adapted for film, radio, television and theatre. Here's the new Tintin, on the left and his comics counterpart.
Tintin is a young Belgian reporter who solves mysteries, aided by his faithful fox terrier Snowy and the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the highly intelligent Professor Calculus and other supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thompson and Thompson. This will be a performance-captured adaptation (in 3D, of course).
Jackson told Empire, “With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin. You’d be casting people to look like them. It’s not really going to feel like the Tintin Hergé drew. It’s going to be somewhat different. With CGI we can bring Hergé’s world to life, keep the stylised caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé’s artwork, but make it photo-real.” Here's Captain Haddock from the new Tintin, followed by Haddock form the comics.
Spielberg then went on to describe the film in a little detail, “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”
The film stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thompson, Daniel Craig as Red Rackham (a pirate), Cary Elwes, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Daniel Mays.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn hits the UK on October 26 2011. Here's a final look at it:
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