Empire were given our first official look at Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. The film is based on the series of comic strips created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi which have sold over 200 million copies worldwide (mostly in Europe).
Secret of the Unicorn is using the same performance-capture technology James Cameron used for Avatar, but from these images it looks like they are opting for a classic Tintin look rather than being completely photo-realistic. Spielberg actually finished filming in March 2009 after a mere 32 days of shooting, and Peter Jackson has since been working with WETA on the special effects.
“With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin,” says Peter Jackson. “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.”
From past experience with Avatar these types of movies always look better in motion, but these images look pretty cool. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn still has another year in post-production until its December 2011 release so things we see now will probably be improved upon by the time the movie rolls around.
Jamie Bell stars as journalist and adventurer Tintin, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play detective twins Thompson and Thomson and Daniel Craig plays villainous pirate Red Rackham.
Head over to Empire to see their Tintin December cover, and they also have quotes from Spielberg on this movie as well as future sequels (he’s thinking about having the third or fourth Tintin film based on Tintin’s adventures on the Moon).