Somehow, I escaped childhood without reading the adventures of Hergé's Tintin. As a result, my enthusiasm for Steven Spielberg's and Peter Jackson's performance-captured adaptation has been tempered.
As of today, I am looking forward to this film in a big, big way. Here's why (per RopeofSilicon):
1) Jamie Bell, one of the most gifted actors of his generation, will be playing Tintin.
2) Daniel Craig has been cast as "the nefarious" pirate Red Rackham.
3) Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish are now credited as screenwriters along with DOCTOR WHO's Steven Moffat.
4) As we reported earlier this month, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are Thomson and Thompson.
5) The rest of the cast (Toby Jones, Gad Elmaleh, Andy Serkis and Mackenzie Crook).
The first film in the (planned) series will be THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN (one of Hergé's favorites). It is set for theatrical release in 2011. Steven Spielberg will direct the first installment, while Peter Jackson will take the reins for the second entry. The third film is currently without a helmer, but I'm sure Spielberg's pal Brian De Palma would relish a crack at this material.