Currently in post-production and set for a December 2011 release, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is based on the classic Belgian comic strips by Georges Remi. It will be the first Steven Spielberg-directed feature film since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
Spielberg’s name not enough to generate interest for you? How about some names on both sides of the camera that read like a virtual who’ s who of greatness. The production side has just Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) as producer with the screenplay by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), Edgar Wright (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). The other side has the greatness of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul) and Daniel Craig (007) to name just a few.
Those that have been tracking Tintin for awhile will remember it was Steven Moffat that gave up being the scriptwriter for the flick early on and the chance to work with the likes of Spielberg and Jackson to take over Doctor Who. Moffat said of the decision, “I know a lot of people won’t understand it but I’ve been dreaming of writing for Dr. Who since I was seven“.
The first film in the proposed Tintin Trilogy will combine “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure“. For those unfamiliar with the story (which is quite possible in the U.S.), the film stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. Stay tuned for a first glimpse at a trailer soon.