Tintin star Jamie Bell confirms the sequel IS being worked on

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Jan 20, 2014, 5:48 PM EST

It’s been more than two years since The Adventures of Tintin hit theaters, and with plans for at least two more flicks, it’s a bit odd that we’ve barely heard a peep about the sequels. Until now.

Tintin star Jamie Bell has updated us on the status of the movies, which have been delayed due to Peter Jackson’s commitments to those little Hobbit flicks.

In an interview with IGN during the Television Critics Association press tour (where Bell was discussing his upcoming AMC series, Turn), the British actor spoke about Hergé’s creation and the films.

About the script, Bell said "It's being written." Then he added:

"It's weird. I saw Steven [Spielberg] recently, randomly. I bumped into him. I hadn't seen him for awhile, and we were talking. I asked him to sign a Tintin book for me to my unborn son and stuff, and we were talking about it. He was like, 'Yeah, it's happening. It's being written. As soon as Peter's back from Middle-earth, we're going to do it.' So now I'm just waiting."
"It's funny. Peter [Jackson] is such a loyal person. I worked with him on King Kong, like, years ago, and obviously he was very much present when we were doing Tintin. So when I hear Peter, I'm just like, 'Oh, Peter! I love him. He's such a great, creative genius.' Holy sh**, he's an empire unto himself. Him doing a Tintin movie is great. I'm excited about that, and I think his stuff on The Hobbit's great."

The Aventures of Tintin 2 was supposed to be released in time for Christmas 2015, but this release date was rendered completely moot when Jackson decided to turn The Hobbit into a trilogy instead of the originally planned two flicks.

"Yeah," Bell said about Tintin. "It takes 'em pretty much a year to animate everything, render everything." So is Bell looking forward to getting back into the shoes of the intrepid reporter, even if it’s taxing work?

"It gives you a sense of freedom and creativity," Bell said of performing in motion capture. "When I did motion capture, I put a rib out of place, I was really worn out, I was exhausted, I was sweating at the end of every take. So you're working. There isn't a version of it where it's like, 'Oh, this isn't really acting.' I mean, you're acting, in the fullest sense of the word. You're giving the data to that puppet to come alive. Without me, the puppet doesn't move. It'll look the same, but it won't emote. So it's just one of those things."

Details on the second Tintin film are rather sparse, though there’s apparently been some speculation that it could be based on the two-part stories Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, while producer Kathleen Kennedy has hinted that the flick could be adapted from The Calculus Affair. Peter Jackson himself has hinted that Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon could provide the basis for a third and fourth movie.

(via IGN)