Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment Announce the January 26 Start of Principal Photography on the 3D Motion Capture Feature 'The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn' Directed by Steven Spielberg and Starring Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig

    Spielberg Produces With Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 26 /CNW/ -- Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures
Entertainment have announced the start of principal production in Los Angeles
on the 3D Motion Capture Film "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the
Unicorn," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jamie Bell ("Billy
Elliot," "Defiance") as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless
pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel
Craig ("Quantum of Solace," "Defiance") as the nefarious Red Rackham.

    Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy
Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

    "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn," from a screenplay by
Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, is produced by Spielberg, Peter
Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, is the first in the series of 3D motion capture
films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to
the world by his pen name "Herge" and is due for release in 2011. Executive
producers are Nick Rodwell, Stephane Sperry and Ken Kamins. Paramount Pictures
will release domestically and in all English speaking territories and Asia,
excluding India.  Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute the
film in Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America, India and the
remainder of the world.

    The second feature in the series is scheduled to be directed by Jackson,
with a potential for a third film as well.

    Eighty years ago, Herge introduced the world to a unique cast of
characters who have been embraced by readers of all ages. The Adventures of
Tintin - a series of 24 books, the final unfinished adventure was published
after Herge's - death became Herge's life's work. The first adventure was
published in 1929. Over 200 million copies have been sold worldwide. The
popular series has been translated into 70 languages and still attracts
thousands of new fans each year.

    Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson will bring Herge's stories to life
employing state-of-the-art performance capture technology developed by
Jackson's Weta Digital.

    About Paramount Pictures Corporation

    Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor
of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B), a leading
content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital
entertainment brands.  The company's labels include DW Studios, Paramount
Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon
Movies.  PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment,
Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide
Television Distribution.

    About Sony Pictures Entertainment

    Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of
America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation.  SPE's global
operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television
production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution;
worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and
distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment
products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment
in 67 countries.  Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide
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