Has America scorned Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, or have they scorned America? While there aren't any obvious offenses that come to mind, there appears to be a grudge on a surface level at least -- because United States theatergoers are going to be among the last ones to see their epic "Tintin" film!
Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" will hit stateside theaters on December 23, 2011 -- almost two full months after the film is released everywhere else in the world.
According to the press release, the Spielberg-directed, Jackson-produced comic book adaptation will release in late October and early November 2011 in several regions across the globe, including Continental Europe, Latin America, India and Australia. But the United States has to wait until 2012, practically!
Hopefully the old adage of "good things come to those who wait" will ring true in the case of "Tintin," a likely scenario based on the talent lined up for the film. Jamie Bell of "Billy Elliot" fame stars as Tintin, a young reporter prone to high adventure that butts heads with the villainous Red Rackham, played by Daniel Craig of 007 fame. Also starring in the film are Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Mackenzie Crook and Andy Serkis, Peter Jackson's go-to motion capture performer.
Spielberg may have directed this first "Tintin" installment, but Peter Jackson will have the helm for the second feature in the series. Jackson is also responsible for the heavy lifting of post-production on "Secret of the Unicorn," which relies heavily on new-age 3D motion capture technology. A potential third "Tintin" film has been rumored as well, with Jackson and Spielberg speculated to co-direct.
What do you think about the late United States release for "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn"?