At the end of last year it looked, for a moment, as if even Steven Spielberg couldn’t persuade Hollywood that a Tintin movie was a good commercial prospect. When Universal baulked at funding the trilogy, Spielberg and project partner Peter Jackson were forced to look for other funding. Today, as Variety reports, the project is back on track, and with a largely British cast. The writers too are British, including new Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat:
“Steven Spielberg has set his cast for The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the first installment in the 3-D motion-capture trilogy that Paramount and Sony are co-financing. “Billy Elliot” thesp Jamie Bell will star as the titular character, an intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure. Daniel Craig will co-star as the nefarious Red Rackham. Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have already boarded the project. Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook will round out the cast. Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the screenplay. Peter Jackson is attached to direct the second feature in the series.”
Joe Cornish, of course, is no stranger to Spielberg, having written the director’s moving masterpiece, Saving Private Lion.
PS. There’s a lovely discussion of the Tintin series by a couple of contemporary comic book artists here.