Don't count the Tintin franchise out just yet. Though it's been seven years since The Adventures of Tintin was released, the joint venture between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson may still have some life left in it.
Based on the classic comics by Herge, the first film was directed by Spielberg and produced by Jackson. The film was animated, but motion-captured performances brought a whole new life to the genre. Jamie Bell played the title character, while Andy Serkis (of course), Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost co-starred. It was set to be the first in a trilogy, and though the film won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film in 2012, movement on the second installment has been slow, to say the least.
Spielberg addresses this in a new interview with Premiere. "Peter Jackson is doing the second part," Spielberg says, per a translation. "Normally, if all goes well, he should soon start work on the script. Since it takes two years of animation work, I wouldn't expect to see it before at least three years. But Peter will stick to it. Tintin is not dead!"
Spielberg has a full slate at the moment— Ready Player One is almost out, but he has several projects in development, including a new film version of West Side Story and Indiana Jones 5. Jackson, on the other hand, has been taking some time off since The Hobbit trilogy finished up. He's producing the upcoming Mortal Engines, but this sequel — still listed as being called The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun — could be his next adventure in the director's chair.
The first Tintin film is available on Netflix at the moment, so if you haven't seen it, now would be the perfect time to do so. Are you excited by the prospect of another Tintin film, or do you think we're talking about some kind of dog-cop movie? Let us know in the comments.
Translation assistance provided by Nathalie Caron.