Steven Spielberg Claims 'Tintin' Sequel Is Still Happening

Steven Spielberg Claims 'Tintin' Sequel Is Still Happening

Mar 26, 2018

While promoting his new movie, Ready Player One, which is a big tribute to fandom, Steven Spielberg made a promise to fans of one of his previous efforts. His animated feature The Adventures of Tintin hit theaters seven years ago, and while it disappointed in North American theaters, the movie was a success overseas (where it's known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), raking in $374 million worldwide. That imbalance wasn't surprising, given that Tintin, who originates with a Belgian comic, is himself more popular outside of the U.S.

Still, Spielberg being at the helm should have drawn bigger crowds, especially with a Certified Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes (74%) and 'A-' grade from moviegoers via CinemaScore polling. Either way, fans of the iconic character and the movie have been expecting to see further Tintin adventures on the big screen. Peter Jackson was announced as the director of a sequel to Spielberg's movie, but that was contingent on the first installment's box office. Having made enough overall to warrant the follow-up, Jackson was last reported as still on board for a 2013 start and 2015 release. Obviously, that didn't happen as planned. 

Last week, Spielberg told the French site Premiere (as translated by /Film):

“Peter Jackson has to do the second part. Normally, if all goes well, he will soon start working on the script... As it takes two years of animation work on the film, for you, I would not expect to see it for about three years. But Peter will stick to it. Tintin is not dead!”

Because the movie will be animated, even if done with motion capture, the delay in the sequel's production shouldn't effect casting at all. We can anticipate the return of Jamie Bell as the title journalist and Andy Serkis, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg reprising their supporting roles. While it's unknown which Tintin stories the sequel will be based on, the international title has been listed as The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, which is one of Jackson's favorites. But there's a chance that, even if Prisoners of the Sun is one of the sources, the title could change. We hope to hear more certainty from Jackson next and soon.

Remind yourself why we should be excited about another Tintin still happening (and hopefully more beyond that) with one of the most spectacular sequences from the first movie:

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