We’ve known for a long time that Dr. Who scribe Steven Moffat was typing away at the script(s) for Tintin by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
That creative team hasn’t seemed interesting enough to add momentum to the movie in fan circles, but what if Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish were added to the script detail? Working with Moffat, they’ve helped adapt The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, one of author Herge’s favorite books, as the first film in the projected Tintin series.
And while Jamie Bell being cast as Tintin is great (really great, I think) it’s going to be the addition of Daniel Craig as pirate Red Rackham that will add extra interest for the great masses. Also in the cast are Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Gad Elmaleh, joining previously announced Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock) and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Thomson and Thompson).
The Secret of the Unicorn follows Tintin and Captain Haddock on the trail of several model ships, each of which contains part of a treasure map hidden within the mast. Rackham is primarily a flashback villain here, engaged in battle with Haddock’s ancestor. The story begun in The Secret of the Unicorn is continued in Red Rackham’s Treasure, but we don’t yet know if the entire tale will be condensed into this first film, or if Treasure is to be the second installment in Spielberg and Jackson’s motion-capture enterprise.