Tintin Posters & Teaser Released!

Tintin Posters & Teaser Released!

I’d been worried about this one. For so many reasons. Tintin has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I’d read ALL the books, and recently gotten the box set of them as a gift. Them getting feature film treatment was something I’d always wanted to see, and I was glad that it was in the hands of expert filmmakers like Steven Spielberg & Peter Jackson.

I’m thrilled at the trailer. Though giving very little away, seeing the characters moving gives me a lot of hope. The characters have always looked cartoony, and they are rendered with a lot of style, and not the “well what was the point of that” motion capture CGI that we’ve seen of late.

Check out the international and US posters below, and the teaser over at Apple.com.

Tintin Release Date

It is official, Paramount and Sony have announced the official release schedule of the first Tintin movie, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”  being directed by Steven Spielberg. The film will be released December 23, 2011, after being released internationally in late October/early November.

The film stars Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot) as Tintin, Daniel Craig as the villain Red Rachkam, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and a slew of other great actors.

The film has been in production since January of 2009, and is going to be much like the Zemeckis 3D motion capture films. The second film will be directed by Peter Jackson, who is also a producer, and depending on the success of the film, possibly a third.

The character of Tintin comes from the graphic novels written by Hergé, the story spans 24 books. The first book was published in 1929. Tintin is an international series, with over 200 million copies being sold worldwide, and translated into 70 different languages.

Craig Vows to Keep on Playing Bond

In an interview with English newspaper The Independent, (and then repeated in a completely different interview wit another paper,) Daniel Craig says he’ll keep on playing James Bond “until my joints go.”

“If people still want to see these movies I’ll keep doing them for as long as it takes, or until my knees go, whichever happens quicker!” said Craig.

“I do get more offers. Or at least I get to see more scripts. But they’re just as crap as they were before. There are only so many good scripts out there, genuinely. Somebody doesn’t suddenly give you a golden key that opens this door and all these scripts are sitting there, that nobody else has seen. You might get a better look in, but there’s still the work to do. I’m not the only actor out there and a director still needs convincing that they’d want me to be in their film.’ He then adds: ‘I wish there was a golden key to some cupboard with 10 good scripts in it.”

Craig was promoting the DVD release of “Defiance.”  He will next be seen in Steven Speilberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.”

Spielberg & Jackson Talk “Tintin”

In a video taped for some sort of comic convention in Europe, we have the first look at Steven Spielbeg and Peter Jackson talking about the upcoming “Tintin” project.  Both Spielberg and Jackson appear in the video, wearing bowler hats a la the Thompson Twins, and talk a little about the upcoming movie.  You want to check it out, click here.

Word on the project is quiet at the moment, but from what I understand, Spielberg has either wrapped or is close to wrapping his production of the first film.  Production now heads to New Zealand where WETA will take over and begin the animation process.  (Spielberg will check in on-line and not make the flight.)

“The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn,” is scheduled for release in 2011.

Tintin Has Been Cast

Tintin Has Been Cast

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There is more exciting news about the upcoming Tintin movie, based, of course, on the popular Belgian comic book character.  The movie started shooting on Monday, and there has been some announcements made about casting. [Read more…]

Tintin To Begin Shooting in Two Weeks

Tintin To Begin Shooting in Two Weeks

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According to Andy Serkis, (who will be playing the role of Captain Haddock,) the 3D Peter Jackson produced and Steven Speilberg directed movie will begin shooting in two weeks.

Here’s what Serkis told Coming Soon about the books about the famous Belgian boy reporter: “I remember reading them as a child. I wasn’t this massive fan. I loved the almost storyboard nature of the beautiful, beautiful drawings. And the way its going to be done… It’s obviously performance capture so it’s is going to be perfect. There isn’t a more perfect way of doing it.”

There has been no casting news with regards to the lead character.  We expect to hear something soon.  -Sam

Tintin Casting News Released

Tintin Casting News Released

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In what is one of my more anticipated movies of 2009/2010, (probably ’10 given the production delays,) there is some word on casting in Steven Spielberg’s Tintin movie.  (Don’t forget Peter Jackson will be doing the second film with a director yet to be announced to do number three.)

First off, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ fame have been cast to play the Thompson Twins.  The rumor had been going around for months, but it’s now finally been confirmed.  Also, Jackson regular Andy Serkis will be playing Captain Haddock.  You will recall that Thomas Sangster had been cast as Tintin, but he has supposedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

So, a new Tintin needs to be cast as well as Snowy.  That said, these names just announced has me excited to see this movie just a little bit more.  -Sam

Simon Pegg to Appear in Tintin?

It’s no secret, I’m one of the three American’s excited for the new Spielberg/Jackson ‘Tintin’ trilogy, and this week, a lot of news has been coming out from the mill, the big news of the week being Universal backing out of funding the trilogy.

This latest news comes from The Times Online, apparently, Simon Pegg (‘Hot Fuzz,’ ‘Shaun of the Dead’) was told by Steven Spielberg that perhaps he and Nick Frost could play Thomson and Thompson, a pair of bumbling detectives that often pursue the wrong suspect (oftentimes even arresting poor Tintin).

The obvious physical differences between the two actors may bring up a slight problem, though, since the film is animated/motion captured CG, the two could be made to look like each other. For example, in th eCG/Mo-cap film Beowulf, Ray Winstone definitely has no resemblance to his on screen character.

This story can’t get more exciting, the chance of this being a success frightens me a little, but, if they do this right, they’ll introduce the Belgian reporter to a whole new generation of kids.

Spielberg Still Directing ‘Tintin’

Herge Studios, the publisher for ‘Tintin,’ made a comment Tuesday alluding that Peter Jackson was going to take over directing the first ‘Tintin’ adaptation from Spielberg.

‘Tintin,’ is the famous comic created by Hergé, and about an adventurous Belgian reporter named Tintin. The books were translated for the world wide audience.

Reps from boths camps insisted that while Jackson remains attached to direct the sequel, he will only be producing the first film, with Spielberg directing. The film will be his first project since the new “Indiana Jones’ movie.

The studio has confirmed that the basis of the first film will be the two-part comics “The Secret of the Unicorn,” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” published in 1942 and 1944.

The film will be made with motion-capture technology a la ‘Polar Express.’ It stars Thomas Sangster as Tintin, and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock.

More ‘Tintin’ Updates

As a huge fan, I’m following the Spielberg produced Tintin trilogy quite closely. Today it was announce that Steven Moffat, screenwriter of such shows as “Coupling,” and “Jekyll” has turned town a contract to write the first two films in the Tintin trilogy that has both Spielberg and Peter Jackson in the directors chairs respectively.

Apparently, Moffat was offered the chance to write for ‘Doctor Who,’ a long time dream job that he could not deny. He did however finish the first ‘Tintin’ script before the writers strike.

He was allowed out of a $2 million dollar contract he signed to write the ‘Tintin’ scripts. His paycheck for ‘Doctor Who’ will be about 30% of what he would have been paid to write the second ‘Tintin’ film.

The ‘Tintin’ film is still on track, with Spielberg beginning the first film before the end of this year.