The sequel to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was originally aiming to begin production this summer, but then Peter Jackson decided he’ll be making three Hobbit films, so the scheduling of Tintin 2 was unclear.
In a recent interview Spielberg, who will be producing the next film, said a late-2015 release was still planned and they hope to shoot the performance capture this year.
From The Times of India:
“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.”
Performance capture on the first film was done in around 30 days, so Peter Jackson may be able to find time whilst still in post-production on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
It is thought that The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun will be the focus of the sequel, although it’s still to be confirmed. In The Seven Crystal Balls scientists excavating the tomb of Racar Capac have incurred the curse of the Inca, and one of Tintin’s closest friends disappears mysteriously, leading to a trip to Peru. Prisoners of the Sun follows up this story in Peru with Tintin and his friends on a quest to find the Temple of the Sun.
Presumably Jamie Bell (Tintin), Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock) will be back, along with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as Thompson and Thompson.