'The Adventures of Tintin' U.K. Premiere Blue Carpet Arrivals
4:51 PM PDT 10/23/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
Daniel Craig was among those who walked the blue carpet at the 55th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon West End on Sunday, Oct. 23, in London. The movie, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, among others, begins a European rollout this month before its Dec. 21 release in North America.
Nick Frost, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn voice actors Nick Frost, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg and Daniel Craig pose on the blue carpet at London's Odeon West End. The movie was adapted from the legendary -- at least outside the U.S. -- comic book series by Belgian artist Herge. The kid-friendly film kicks off when Tintin (Bell) discovers a model ship with a secret that leads him, with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) at his side and the villainous Sakharine (Craig) in pursuit, on a round-the-world quest to find a shipwreck called the Unicorn.
Tintin was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, both of whom recently talked to The Hollywood Reporter for a cover story about the making of the film, which used state-of-the-art 3D motion capture techniques. Spielberg first optioned the rights in 1983 but wasn't satisfied that the first script would be "palatable for the rabid global fans." In 2004, he asked Jackson's Weta Digital effects house to create Tintin's dog Snowy, sparking an extraordinary collaboration between the two.
Daniel Craig takes on two voice roles in The Adventures of Tintin: He plays Red Rackham, the infamous leader of a pirate vessel that attacked a ship called the Unicorn in the 17th century, as well as Rackham's evil descendant, Sakharine, who kidnaps the crime-fighting boy journalist Tintin.
Jamie Bell voices the title role in The Adventures of Tintin. In his review of the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, THR's Jordan Mintzer calls it "a good ol’ fashioned adventure flick that harkens back to the filmmaker’s action-packed, tongue-in-cheek swashbucklers of the 1980s."
Simon Pegg plays a character named Inspector Thompson in the movie, which was a true collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. "We collaborated on this one," Spielberg told THR: "It's my only experience of having a producer who's mainly a director with me in creative spirit every day, consulting on almost everything. It was like the Coen brothers, I guess. Perhaps that's how they work together."
Daniel Mays lends his voice to the movie. Producer Peter Jackson recently told THR that he was "a little nervous" when director Steven Spielberg first called about collaborating on the movie.While Jackson was an expert on motion capture thanks to Lord of the Rings, Spielberg said he learned about it from his friend James Cameron, who invited him to the Marina Del Rey studio or “volume” while Avatar was being made.
Nick Frost voices a role in the movie, which uses a 3D motion capture process. Of the technology, Jackson recently told THR: "It's an incredible experience to be shooting these movies because you open your eyes and have Andy Serkis or Jamie Bell or Daniel Craig in motion-capture suits in front of you. But when you look at the camera, which has this little screen, you're looking at Tintin or Haddock in their environment because we first had to build the entire world that the story takes place in. It's incredible freedom."
Edgar Wright wrote the script along with Stephen Moffat and Joe Cornish. Director Steven Spielberg recently told THR that the script gave the creatives the biggest challenges. “We kept changing the script all through the shoot. We had an entire subplot we cut out. We shot it to thicken the plot, because the plots in all the Herge books are very easy to understand and we tried to overly complicate them and realized that Herge was right and we were wrong.”
Stephen Moffat wrote the screenplay with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Director Steven Spielberg told THR that they collaborated with Herge's estate every step of the day."We had to build into our relationship, beyond even just the [rights] deal, a series of creative consultations so the estate could look at a character and reject it if they felt it wasn't close enough to Herge. They had to vet all of the characters, especially the main characters. They had consultation rights on the script and gave us great notes."
Kathleen Kennedy, a longtime associate of director Steven Spielberg, is one of Tintin's producers alongside Peter Jackson, who will direct the sequel. Kennedy, who heads the Kennedy/Marshall production company with Frank Marshall, recently told THR that the company is departing Sony and is negotiating a first-look deal with DreamWorks, reuniting with Spielberg and CEO Stacey Snider.