When Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up to direct and produce a trilogy of Tintin movies, based on the influential Belgian comic book series by Herge, it was an unexpected and exciting development. Two of the biggest blockbuster directors of all time, working together, trading jobs as director and producer with each installment, with Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin hitting first in 2011. Although it was not a huge success in America, the international popularity of the title character led to a nearly #400 million gross. A sequel seemed to be in the cards, but with The Hobbit taking up all of Peter Jackson's time for the next few years, we didn't know when he'd be able to fit the second installment into his understandably busy schedule.
All that changed with Peter Jackson's recent press tour in Belgium, in which reporters – predictably and thankfully – asked for an update on his Tintin movie. Jackson's response, translated from RTF.be by Bleeding Cool, was that he plans to shoot Tintin sometime in 2013, with a planned release date in 2015, the year after the last film in his Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is finally unveiled.
What does this mean for his busy Hobbit schedule? Probably nothing. Principle photography has already wrapped, after all, and the performance capture nature of the Tintin movies make actually filming the motion picture very time-efficient. Steven Spielberg's film shot in just 32 days, with most of the heavy lifting done in post-production by Weta Digital, a visual effects company that really should have a headstart on the Hobbit movies by now.
We're still waiting to see which of Herge's stories will be adapted into the second film in the series. Spielberg's Tintin was a combination of three tales, The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. Rumored possibilities for Peter Jackson's film include The Seven Crystal Balls, about a mysterious disease tied to mummies and the mysterious, eponymous artifacts, and Prisoners of the Sun, which continues that same adventure.
The next Tintin movie, whatever it will be called, is now slated to join 2015's already ridiculously full schedule of highly anticipated motion pictures, including Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Justice League and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot.