Steven Spielberg’s latest endeavor, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn,” premiered in Brussels on Saturday, captivating audiences across the globe with his 3D animation of Belgian comic hero, Tintin.
“The Adventures of Tintin” is already a popular comic in Europe, originally written in 1929 by Brussels-native Georges Remi, or Herge. Spielberg is trying to bring Tintin global, particularly to America.
American audiences will look at this as an original movie, Spielberg said during the premiere in Brussels.
Hopefully, if it is successful in America, perhaps for the first time in 80 years the books will start being published in America.
Spielberg, famous for directing blockbusters like “E.T” and “Jaws,” used a similar, three dimensional technique as James Cameron did in “Avatar.” Actor James Bell, who plays the hero Tintin, wore a special suit while filming which registered his movements, forming a 3D computer-generated image thanks to performance-capture technology enhancements.
It actually becomes like a rehearsal stage, like you are rehearsing for a play you will never put on stage, Bell said.
Early European reviews for “The Adventures of Tintin” were favorable, which Spielberg hopes to translate across the pond to the U.S.
Herge would have loved this Tintin, full of character, French daily Le Soir wrote on Saturday.
Steven Speilberg reportedly spoke with the author of the comic series Herge shortly before he passed away in 1983 about remaking the comic into a movie.
He was a big fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark and actually on the telephone said he wanted me to adapt his books into movies so it was one of the most exciting phone calls in my life, Spielberg said.
The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn follows Tintin played by James Bell and Captain Haddock played by Andy Serkis set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. The film from Paramount Pictures is set to hit theaters in the U.S. on Dec. 21.
View the official trailer for Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin below.