The first collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, opens in the UK on October 26 and in the US on December 23, but we’ve seen almost nothing of the film so far. A few images have been released, and that’s it. No clips, no trailer. We have a vague idea of how the motion-captured characters will look (played and voiced by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Cary Elwes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, among others) but nothing more than that.

We’ll get to see some footage tomorrow, but for now the tease continues now as the first poster has been released. It shows Tintin in full globe-trotting mode, and you can see the full version below. Read More »


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The first Tintin film, The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, with actors being directed in motion capture by Steven Spielberg, who passed off that raw data to WETA to animate, is still quietly in production. The actors wrapped a year and a half ago, we don’t see the film for several months, and there hasn’t even been a trailer yet. (There have been some images, however.) But a second Tintin film is already in the works, and British writer Anthony Horowitz has now confirmed that he is writing a script based on Hergé’s book Prisoners of the Sun, which he says Peter Jackson will direct. Read More »

Even though James Cameron used it to blockbuster critical and financial success, film fans are still divided on the issues of motion capture and 3D. Some see motion capture as the next step in an acting evolution which will eventually see the actor disappear, while others see it as an uncomfortable midpoint between animation and live-action. And the argument rages over whether or not 3D is a fad that will fade away and is nothing more than a cheap ploy to charge us a few more dollars per ticket.

This winter, Steven Spielberg, one of our most famous and revered filmmakers, will throw his hat into both of those arenas with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The CG, motion capture, 3D film is based on the works of Belgian writer/illustrator Hergé who created a literary empire based on his reporter/detective lead character. While we’ve seen a few images from the film, Spielberg hasn’t said too much about it because he’s busy working on two movies set to open within five days of each other. In an upcoming Los Angeles Times piece, though, he discussed his reasoning behind shooting Tintin with motion capture and more. Read More »

We’re still waiting to see a trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, which is the ground-breaking team-up between directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. We’ve seen a few images, and now there are high-res versions of three of them. So you can see all the minute detail that is going into the mo-capped 3D film. Read More »

New Images From Steven Spielberg’s ‘Tintin’

At the beginning of this week we showed you the first look at Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg and with post-production mocap work by Peter Jackson and WETA. More specifically: we showed you their rendered forms as they’ll appear in the film. Now there are a few more images that show, among other things, the two characters that are played and voiced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Read More »

Empire Magazine teased a first look at The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn all weekend. The film, directed by Steven Spielberg with Peter Jackson overseeing WETA’s CGI mocap animation over the live-action footage, hasn’t been seen in CGI form, until now. That’s a look at Tintin, played by Jamie Bell, above. Hit the break for some more info and a couple more shots, including one of Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock. Read More »

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn doesn’t see release until over a year from now — on December 23, 2011 to be exact. But the live-action footage upon which the mocap animated film will be based was directed by Steven Spielberg a year ago, with Jamie Bell playing the title character. (Tintin, not the unicorn.) The footage was then handed off to Peter Jackson and WETA, who went to work animating CGI footage based upon the live-action work.

We haven’t seen a single render of Tintin or the world the film will depict. Until now, that is. But we still don’t have a full image. For the moment there are only glimpses of textures. But they offer an idea of what will be revealed, likely on Monday. Hit the jump for an assembly of the image we might see this week. Read More »

Peter Jackson

In the wake of yesterday’s news that Guillermo del Toro has walked away from directing the two Hobbit films for MGM and Warner Bros., the big question is ‘who will do the job now?’

The first name that comes up is Peter Jackson — after he essentially revitalized big-budget fantasy with the Lord of the Rings films, Jackson seems like the only real choice to direct the story that leads into that saga. And he sounds like he would, if that’s what it takes, but doesn’t think he’ll be able to, thanks to contracts for other films. Read More »

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