Thundering Typhoons! It’s Tintin!

DreamWorks has just released the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Tintin, which arrives in cinemas this Christmas. It looks rather more like an animation test reel than a trailer at this point, but it’s certainly enough to whet the appetite:

It’s also stuffed with great British talent, both on-screen (or at least motion-captured) with Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and in its screenplay, which was written by Doctor Who‘s Steven Moffat with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

Here’s Herge himself showing you how to draw the plucky reporter:

And here’s a South Bank Show film by the late Harry Thompson, featuring a rare interview with Herge:


Musee Herge


I’ve always loved Tintin, and the brilliant, cinematic art of Georges Remi — Herge. And now, to fill in the year or so before the movie, there’s a new museum dedicated to his life and work: the Musee Herge in the new university town of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Dezeen and Archicentral have first looks at the project, whose address, in case you’re interested, is 26 Labrador Road …

Thundering Typhoons!


Here’s the first production still from Tintin, released to Empire by Steven Spielberg. It shows Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), dressed in the motion capture suits that will render them as 3d versions of the characters. And according to popbitch:

Steven Spielberg invited Clint Eastwood onto the set for a tour. Part of that day’s shoot involved several of the actors wearing green spandex and with motion sensors over the face. When the shoot was done, Spielberg took Eastwood around to meet the cast, including Daniel Craig, who plays Red Rackham. After he met Clint, the James Bond actor turned to a colleague and said: “I can’t believe I just met Dirty fucking Harry dressed up as an utter cunt.”

Thundering Typhoons!


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 SerkisSimon Pegg and Nick Frost have already boarded the project. Gad ElmalehToby 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.