British author Anthony Horowitz revealed on Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 talk show this week, that he will be penning the second Tintin movie (to be directed by Peter Jackson), and that it will be based on Hergé’s Tintin comic Prisoners of the Sun.
The first film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is of course due out later this year, having been directed by Steven Spielberg. The script for it was written by Joe Cornish, Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).
Horowitz has previously written the successful Alex Rider series of novels, and has also created and written for UK TV shows Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. A slightly different style to the writers of The Secret of the Unicorn, then. While Horowitz is the sole writer on the project at the moment, he suspects that others could be added to write later drafts, further down the line. I’m not too familiar with his work, so I’ll just remain hopefully optimistic.
I haven’t interacted with the Tintin books or toons for a while, though if memory serves me correctly, there are some very cool moments / sequences in Prisoners of the Sun, and it should make for an exciting sequel.
This all naturally relies on the first Tintin movie being successful. Personally, I’m hugely excited to see what has been done with the franchise, and can’t wait to see it. It’s not looking hopeful at the moment that the brilliant character Professor Calculus will appear in Secret of the Unicorn though – fortunately, he features in Prisoners of the Sun, so he should pop up in the second film.
Later on, I’d love to see the books set on the moon adapted for the screen (and Jackson luckily, has previously expressed interest in adapting those for a third or fourth movie, and has also noted The Seven Crystal Balls, King Ottoman’s Sceptre and The Calculus Affair as favourites).
I wonder when the sequel would eventually come out. If the films are good, this could make for a really great series. But Peter Jackson’s going to be busy with those two Hobbit movies for a very long time…
Thanks Bleeding Cool.