Two filmmaking titans are bringing Herge's globally popular comics to CGI life, and here are the first images from their collaboration.
Britain's Empire magazine got an exclusive look at the first of three Tintin films Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson and making together, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is set to hit theaters in fall 2011. Jamie Bell is "playing" Tintin—the films were shot using James Cameron's performance-capture technology—Andy Sirkis is playing Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Cary Elwes are also along for the ride.
"With live action you're going to have actors pretending to be Captain Haddock and Tintin," says 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 stylized caricatured faces, keep everything looking like Hergé's artwork, but make it photo-real."
Spielberg directed Secret of the Unicorn—which combines The Crab With the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure—and Jackson is set to helm the next film. Which of Hergé's classic tales will he choose?
"One of my favorites is The Seven Crystal Balls, so that's the one I've always been thinking of," he says. "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."