The Steven Spielberg directed and Peter Jackson produced film, Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, did fairly good business at the box office. It was not the huge sensation everyone was hoping for, but a worldwide gross of almost $300 million means that a sequel was always going to happen. Personally, I loved Tintin and I can’t wait to see what two of the worlds best directors can come up with for a sequel.
However, both directors are very busy right now, but Spielberg echoed the original plans of a 2015 release while talking to the The Times of India. Spielberg was there to promote his new film Lincoln, and he was asked about the Tintin sequel, here is what he said:
“Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I’m producing. We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year. Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge.”
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.
During the interview, Spielberg was also asked about the Tintin story The Blue Lotus, an Asian set story with Tintin fighting drug smugglers, and Spielberg said that the story will “probably” be adapted for the third installment.
(Source: The Times of India)