It’s a far cry from the days when Steven Moffat was writing Press Gang. These days he juggles Doctor Who and Sherlock on a regular basis, helping to create two of the most popular television shows in the world.
But before he officially became head honcho for Doctor Who and introduced the world to the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, he was busy writing the screenplay for Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, which finally sees the classic comic character come fully to life in glorious 3D. And judging from the trailer, the movie’s going to be a belter!
Moffat admitted some time ago that he had to leave the Tintin project early in order to start working on Doctor Who, something that producer Steven Spielberg gave his full blessing towards as he’s a huge admirer of the show.
“Steven wrote one of my favourite TV shows, which is Doctor Who.”
Of course, this should come as no surprise to long-standing fans of the show, who will recall that Spielberg’s Amblin production company was involved with initial attempts to create a US-based version of the show in the 1990s, an interest that eventually lead to the Philip Segal-produced TV Movie starring Paul McGann.
When Steven Moffat left the Tintin project, the script was finished off by two other well-known British writers: Edgars Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim versus The World) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Spielberg seems to want to keep a very British feel to the Tintin movie; it’s even being released in the UK first!