The Adventures of Tintin has been rolling out across Europe and other countries since the end of October, and so far it has amassed a box office total of $220 million, with more still to come. Given its budget of $135 million the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson collaboration is already entering sequel territory, and that’s even before it hits North America, Australia, and New Zealand later this month.
In a recent interview Spielberg’s long-time producing partner Kathleen Kennedy (Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park) suggested the Tintin sequel could begin shooting as early as next summer for a late-2014 or summer 2015 release.
The first Tintin has been very successful around the world. Mr. Jackson is very caught up in The Hobbit for a while. Assuming that it’s a success in America, when do you envision a sequel being able to move forward? Is it being moved forward right now?
Kennedy: Oh yeah it is being moved forward, in fact Steven and I were talking about it this morning. We’re working on a script right now, we’ll see a script probably February or March. If we can do some camera capture this summer, which I think we could do, then we would be on track to have the movie either Christmas 2014 or summer 2015, and so that’s what we’re looking at right now.
Peter Jackson has already confirmed he’ll be directing the sequel after he finishes shooting The Hobbit, which may be sometime next summer. The convenient thing about Tintin is that Spielberg and his team were able to shooting all the motion-capture elements of the film in just 32 days (March 2009 to be exact), and then Spielberg and Jackson supervised Weta Digital’s work on the visuals for 2+ years.
Originally it was thought that the second film would be based on the comics The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, but screenwriter Anthony Horowitz told the BBC last month that the direction of the sequel was “still under discussion” but “if Prisoners Of The Sun is not the second film it’ll be the third film”.
Horowitz, Spielberg and Jackson will probably be working on the story for the next outing so that some shooting can begin next year. While we may not be seeing a movie based on Prisoners of the Sun for a while, here’s the plot description from Amazon:
“After The Seven Crystal Balls set the eerie stage, Tintin and his friends continue their adventures in Peru. There Tintin rescues an orange-seller named Zorrino from being bullied, and the young man becomes their guide in their quest to find the Temple of the Sun. But they find more than they bargained for and end up in a hot spot. Calculus and the Thompsons provide their usual comic relief.”
Where would you like the Tintin sequel to go?