Between them Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have knocked out a few half-decent films, so we’re expecting The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn to be pretty special. Adapted from the casually racist, but absurdly popular animated books by Hergé the film will be heading to our screens in approximately 12 months time in all it’s performance-captured 3D glory.
Today (courtesy of Empire magazine) we got our first look at the film which will star Jamie Bell as the voice of our eponymous hero. One image shows Captain Haddock (voiced by Jackson fav Andy Serkis) and the other shows our young hero and his bearded colleague signalling for help from an overturned lifeboat.
“With live action you’re going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin,” Peter Jackson told Empireonline. “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.”
Spielberg went on to outline some plot points: “The first part of the film, which is the most mysterious part, certainly owes much to not only film noir but the whole German Brechtian theatre — some of our night scenes and our action scenes are very contrasty. But at the same time the movie is a hell of an adventure.”
The film will also star Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson & Thompson and Daniel Craig as Red Rackham. But where will these two directors be heading next with the Hergé hero? “One of my favourite Tintin stories is The Seven Crystal Balls, so that’s the one I’ve always been thinking of,” said Jackson when Empire asked him about potential sequels. “I also really like the Eastern European ones, the Balkan ones like King Ottokar’s Sceptre and The Calculus Affair. I think it’s a terrific setting for a thriller, the weird Balkan politics and the mysterious secret service agents. I think the Moon ones are terrific, but they’d be good for the third or fourth Tintin film, if we get that far. We want to keep his feet on the ground just a little bit longer.”