The Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson adaptation of the European story Tintin has finally gotten a release date for the U.S. and abroad. The film that is officially titled The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, is being co-financed by Sony and Paramount Studios. According to THR, they’ve both agreed to start rolling the film out during the final quarter of 2011. 

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Tintin will be released domestically on December 23, 2011, but it will debut internationally starting in October. Sony will handle distribution in Europe, Latin America and India, while Paramount will distribute in “Asia, Australia, the U.K. and all other English-speaking territories.” Tintin is a 3-D motion capture film that follows a young reporter (Jamie Bell) as he travels around the world. He encounters many obstacles including the evil presence of Red Rackham, whom will be played by Daniel Craig. The film also stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andy Serkis, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

Tintin definitely seems like a family flick that will fit in nicely during the holiday season. I just couldn’t see it as a summer blockbuster. A lot of the time the U.S. get’s the bigger film releases first, and then the other countries follow. I’m surprised at the studio’s angle, but I still think it’s a smart choice especially since Tintin was originally scheduled for release in 2010. They need that extra year.

What do you think of the release date for Tintin?