Steven Spielberg’s upcoming motion capture adventure film, The Adventures of Tintin, hasn’t yet opened yet in theaters, but the people behind the picture are already hoping that it can become a franchise. Early positive buzz and the attachment of Spielberg’s name leads me to believe that their hopes are probably not unfounded.
So what’s the plan that’s been put together for a second Tintin movie? Will Spielberg come back to direct? Well, no, but the news of his replacement is pretty exciting.
The Playlist has reported that The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has confirmed in the most recent issue of The Hollywood Reporter that he is on board to direct a Tintin sequel, as long as the first makes enough money to warrant one. This plan isn’t all just hypothetical either, pre-planning has already been done on the film so that they can get things started as soon as possible after the box office reports come in for this first. Spielberg explains, “[Sony and Paramount] were willing to do one movie with us and then give us the financial werewithal (sic) to develop a script, do all the visual storyboards and get it really in launch position. So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie. The script is already written.”
This second chapter in the ongoing Tintin story is tentatively called The Adventures Of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. The script was written by Anthony Horowitz and it’s a combination of the Tintin stories “Prisoners of the Sun” and “The Seven Crystal Balls.” This approach isn’t anything new, as The Adventures of Tintin was a combination of the two Tintin stories: “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure.” If it works there, then I imagine it will work for a sequel as well, especially under the watchful eye of veteran book-to-film adapter Peter Jackson.
Working under the assumption that The Adventures of Tintin does well, Prisoners of the Sun will be Jackson’s next film after The Hobbit. That’s a whole lot of adventuring we’ve got in our future.