Thursday, November 26, 2009

Spielberg's "Tintin" Ready For Rendering...

Principal photography has wrapped on director Steven Spielberg's upcoming feature "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn", with a rough assemblage of footage going to motion-capture techs/artists who will spend the next two years finishing the film.

Producer Peter "The Lord Of The Rings" Jackson confirmed that the film is now ready to be 'fully-rendered' for a 3D release, opening December 23, 2011.

First reported by Sneak Peek.Ca in an exclusive scoop November 2006, Spielberg's plan to adapt the "Tintin" adventures, specifically "The Secret Of The Unicorn" and "Red Rackham's Treasure" was greenlit January 2009, as the first of a series of 3D motion capture films based on the character created by Georges Remi, aka 'Herge'.

Actor Jamie Bell plays 'Tintin', a globe-trotting reporter and Daniel "James Bond" Craig is the villain pirate 'Red Rackham'.

The feature is being produced by Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy and Jackson, who will direct the second film, a sequel to the "Unicorn" book "Red Rackham's Treasure".

Jackson's Weta Digital effects house developed the performance-capture technology used in the film.

Voice cast includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins are executive producers. Screenplay is by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

Paramount will release the films domestically and in all English-speaking territories and Asia, excluding India. Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the film in continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and the rest of the world.

"The Adventures of Tintin", a series of 24 comic illustrated books, has sold over 200 million copies, translating into 70 languages...