First Poster for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's Tintin
05.16.11 by Chris
The first collaboration between two of the biggest names in movies has so far been shrouded in mystery, but today we get the first glimpse of the project.
The poster for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was unveiled today, showing the title character and his trusty dog, Snowy, walking in shadow above a globe.
The motion-capture 3-D movie, a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, is based on the comic books by Belgian artist Georges "Hergé" Remi. Spielberg takes the duty of director while Jackson will serve as producer (Jackson will direct the sequel). Jackson's F/X company Weta Digital will do the movie's motion capture and special effects. Tintin will be Spielberg's first move that will be shot digitally.
The movie is based on three of the comic book stories: The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham's Treasure and has been in development purgatory for 28 years. Spielberg optioned the rights to the Tintin character after Herge's death in 1983 but after script problems, Spielberg put the project aside to continue Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Warner Bros. considered picking up the project but nothing transpired. In 2002 Spielberg's DreamWorks picked up the movie rights and proceeded forward. Jackson came on board when Spielberg asked if his Weta company could create a computer-generated Snowy. Jackson, a longtime fan of the comics, was the one who suggested using motion capture instead of live action.
Jamie Bell plays Tintin, a reporter who travels throughout Europe; Andy Serkis (Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies) plays Captain Haddock; Paul duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play Thomas and Thomas, identical detectives; and Daniel Craig plays Red Rackham, a pirate.