Sadly the Steven Spielberg directed and Peter Jackson produced The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, did not perform as well as expected at the box office. In the US it was a poor performer, although it did much better in the UK and Europe. However, I loved it and thought the film was a magnificent achievement and today’s news that a sequel is definitely on the way is very welcome.
While doing his press tour for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jackson was asked about whether the sequel to Tintin was still on the cards, and he said it was. Speaking to RYTBF, Jackson said that he and Spielberg would be swapping roles for the sequel, and Jackson would direct while Spielberg would this time produce. Jackson also claimed that he was planning to shoot all the motion capture footage in 2013, and then use the following year to get the film ready for a 2015 release.
With Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy still with two films to go, it will be amazing if he finds the time to get this done, and should Jackson have the film complete and ready for 2015, that will mark the first time in Jackson’s career that he will have released four films in four years!
The sequel to Tintin has had a script written by best-selling children’s author Anthony Horowitz, and it has been in the works for some time now. Originally it was said to be based on the Tintin tale Prisoners of the Sun, but most recently there have been rumours that it will also involve The Calculus Affair. Either way, it is great to know a second film is indeed on the way.