Update: Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig on Tintin
Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig have both been confirmed for roles in Tintin, the film trilogy from Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and...well...the same two names again!
The first film has been officially announced as The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn from a screenplay by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is going to be all 3D Motion Capture, so it'll be looking like Beowulf but a little more cartoony. I'm going to bypass all the usual self promotion from the press release and tell you that there is little else to tell you.
The cast are now announced from Sony and Paramount through Coming Soon as Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook, with Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig on tow. So with Frost and Pegg playing the Thompson Twins and Serkis as as Captain Haddock, who is everyone else playing? Fancy hazarding a guess? I'm sure Jones is playing Professor Calculus.
I'm still not convinced about motion capturing the film, although I do find that this is the place where it would be more suited. You see in Tintin they're making a live-action appear comic-like, whereas in the other films we've seen this technology they're capturing live-action and trying to make it as close to real life as possible. With Tintin it should be more suited and easier on the eye, so those that think it gets in the way of film-making, like 3D, might be won over by it.
Personally I'm still sceptical. I also think that it is a big risk because the budget will be huge, the world's economies aren't that good, and they're banking a lot on the worldwide success of the stories and that the same audience will go to the films.
Actually perhaps I'm more on the fence, because with motion capture making it into a live-action looking cartoon and the names that they have involved both in front of the camera and behind, I think that audience might well be interested, but will they all come to see it and will it make enough money to see three films?
Update: From Variety we heard that Jamie Bell is indeed set to play Tintin himself, not much of a surprise there, and Daniel Craig the nefarious Red Rackham.