Peter Jackson's 'Tintin' Sequel Will Be Up Next Following 'The Hobbit'
Peter Jackson is currently hard at work filming two Hobbit movies in New Zealand, but recently he found the time to produce Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis, which chronicles the story of Damien Echols and the West Memphis 3. The doc got a ton of buzz at Sundance 2012 (read Ethan's review), and according to The Adventures of Tintin director Steven Spielberg, it looks like Jackson is going to stay busy by transitioning straight from one big budget playground to another. Spielberg spoke with Total Film and revealed that Jackson is going to go straight from Middle Earth back to the world of Hergé. Read on!
Spielberg says Jackson will begin directing the as-yet-untitled Adventures of Tintin sequel "right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He'll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture." But as we know, that still means there may be a year or two ahead for rendering work to be finished. Which of Herge's books will the new film be based on? Producer Kathleen Kennedy claimed it would be The Calculus Affair, but Spielberg isn't so sure: "We have completed a story outline now. We have a writer on it. I’m just not declaring what it is. It will be more than one book, but no more than two." The Secret of the Unicorn was actually based on three books, so it would appear they're scaling back story elements a bit for the sequel.
The first movie made well over $300 million worldwide (though much of that came from outside the United States), so it looks like plans for a trilogy are still moving along. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn hits Blu-Ray/DVD on March 19, and Jackson is expected to start capturing the sequel this summer.