Sony and Paramount have just made one big announcement for Tintin. The big news is that Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell will be joining the cast. Both actors were seen in Defiance, and I have a feeling a friendship may have formed which resulted in them both joining Tintin. The second bit of news is that the films official title has revealed: The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.
Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced the start of principal production in Los Angeles on the 3D Motion Capture Film “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham.
Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.
“The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, is produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, is the first in the series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name “Herge” and is due for release in 2011. Executive producers are Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins. Paramount Pictures will release domestically and in all English speaking territories and Asia, excluding India. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the film in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and the remainder of the world.
The second feature in the series is scheduled to be directed by Jackson, with a potential for a third film as well.
Things are looking good for this movie. Some sites haven’t been too enthusiastic about Tintin due to the comics not being well known in the US. Hopefully this casting, along with the fact Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are the men behind it, will make people a little more optimistic!
[Note: I’m still going to call it Tintin as typing that beast of a title out everytime will get tiresome]