Hard to believe but it has been five years since Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up to adapt Herge’s “The Adventures of Tintin” into a CG animated mo-cap features. Scoring good reviews, the film was only a soft opener in the states with $77.5 million, but in the rest of the world which grew up on the comic the film managed a further $296 million – certainly enough for a sequel to go into production.
However that hasn’t happened. Jackson was to direct the film which it was thought would be based on “The Seven Crystal Balls”/”Prisoners of the Sun” two-parter, but instead opted to tackle the “The Hobbit” trilogy. With that all over back in late 2014, it remains surprising that we’ve yet to hear anything further which has prompted concern the project had been cancelled.
Speaking with The New Zealand Herald this weekend, Spielberg talked about his future collaborations with Peter Jackson and confirmed that the “Tintin” follow-up is still on but he’s doing something else first: “Peter was so busy with ‘The Hobbit’ that it took him away from ‘Tintin’ and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do ‘Tintin.'”
Jackson has long been excited about doing a new take on “The Dam Busters,” but he was only going to produce that project.