Making a three part epic like The Hobbit sure can knock the wind out of a guy. Especially when it is not as well received as the trilogy that came before it, which in this case, would be the Academy Award winning Lord of the Rings saga. So it's understandable that director Peter Jackson has taken some much needed time off between projects. But it sounds like the New Zealand maestro may be heading back to work soon. And it will be under the guidance of filmmaker extraordinaire Steven Spielberg.
Though he won't divulge exactly what the project may be, director Steven Spielberg spilled the beans about Peter Jackson's next project while out promoting his big summer release The BFG, which is in theaters now. Spielberg dropped this exciting nugget of news to TimeOut Magazine, with New Zealand's Stuff picking up the coverage. The actor only let this new project slip after being prodded about the long anticipated sequel to TinTin. Asked why TinTin 2 hasn't happened yet, Spielberg explained.
"Peter [Jackson] 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. Then after that he'll do Tintin."
The Adventures of TinTin arrived in 2011, directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. On the follow-up, titled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, their roles will flip-flop, with Jackson serving as the director this time out. But at this time, and with another big project in the pipeline, there's no telling when TinTin may ride again on the big screen. A spokesperson for Peter Jackson would only say this when asked for further information on the Untitled Peter Jackson/Steven Spielberg Movie.
"[There is] absolutely no further comment and nothing to add."
It's really hard to gauge what this secret project could actually be. Dating back ten years, Peter Jackson was reportedly moving forward with Dambusters, which tracks the true story of how a British squadron attacked three German dams essential to the Nazi steel industry during WWII. Integral to the mission was leader Wing Cmdr. Guy Gibson's black Labrador Retriever, named Nigger, who was the mascot of the RAF 617 squadron. There was some controversy over the dog's historical name being changed for the movie, but that was the last we heard about that project. Steven Spielberg did hint that Jackson's secret project is akin to something he might have directed himself. He also explains how they first met when Spielberg presented Jackson with the Academy Award for Best Picture for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King way back in 2004.
"Of course I knew Peter because he was a protege of my protege, Bob Zemeckis. But I never got a chance to meet him. [The first time was] on stage in front of a billion people. We just had an amazing time and became friends because of that moment. We became friends not to work together, just because we spoke the same language."
The pair's mutual love for all things TinTin is what brought them together on the big screen, and they always envisioned big things for the property, though it has fallen to the wayside as of late. The sequel doesn't have a set release date at this time, but it is expected that a third film is also in the works, though who will direct it has not exactly been decided. It's not clear when Peter Jackson's secret project will be officially announced. But it's possible we could hear more in just a few short weeks at Comic-Con. Fingers crossed.