Tuesday 12 March 2013

Spielberg Talks Tintin 2; "Hoping" for a Christmas 2015 Release

We've been heavily covering every little dribble of news on the sequel to 2011's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, growing bit-by-bit more excited with every titbit. So far, we know the film will introduce Professor Calculus, but that it's likely not based on The Calculus Affair (we also heard that the third film will apparently adapt Prisoners of the Sun). We also heard in December that director Peter Jackson intends to shoot the film's motion-capture during post-production of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug later this year.

Today though, Steven Spielberg, who directed the first film and is producing the second, let slip a couple of hints as to what the film will be, and when we'll see it. Speaking to India Times, the Lincoln director said:

Peter Jackson in full Captain Haddock regalia.

"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."

Now what in the world does that leave us with? Well, we know Peter Jackson is a big fan of The Black Island, but that wasn't intended to be combined with another story, so that's out. When asked if The Blue Lotus was involved, Spielberg said that that would probably be the third film (which seems to contradict what we've heard about Prisoners of the Sun, unless they combine the two). The Moon books seem an obvious choice given the above criteria, but they seem a little outlandish given the very Indiana Jones-esque last film - and given Jackson's previous statement that the second film would be a "
little bit more of a sort of espionage type of story".

Well, fear not, A113Animation's resident Tintin-expert, Damien, weighed in on Twitter and he's... rather confused too:

It's certainly all very interesting, if not in the least bit conclusive. Don't hold your breath on a Christmas 2015 release, but it sure would be nice...

Via Collider.

Related posts: Damien Reviews The Art of the Adventures of Tintin

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