Tintin 2, sometimes known as The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, has been in development hell over the last handful of years. The original script has been scrapped and Peter Jackson was set to make the movie after the conclusion of the Hobbit Trilogy. There hasn't been an update on the project in some time, but Steven Spielberg has just revealed that the sequel is still happening, but it's going to be a little bit longer of a wait, which is great news for fans who have been waiting for some positive updates since 2011.
In a new interview, Steven Spielberg briefly talked about Tintin 2. In addition to announcing that it was still happening, the director also confirmed that Peter Jackson is still attached to make the sequel. However, it'll be at least another 3 years before audiences get to see the movie. The animation process will eat up most of the time, according to Spielberg. He explains.
"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!"
Steven Spielberg originally had the rights for the Tintin comic book series back in the 1980s from the Herge Foundation. The rights moved around a bit during the next decade and ended up back with Spielberg in the 2000s, which resulted in the 2011 release of the first movie. It was a critical and financial success, earning nearly $400 million worldwide and fans have been waiting for the sequel for almost a decade.
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's names have always been attached to Tintin 2, but there hasn't been any real updated in terms of the project moving beyond the development stage in years. If what Spielberg says is accurate, it sounds that an official announcement should be made soon about the movie going into the pre-production stage. Both Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg seem like they have the ideas ready to go, it's just a matter of finding the time to properly execute the project. One thing is certain, which is it will not be made for Netflix, after Spielberg's latest thoughts on the streaming platforms and awards season.
Steven Spielberg is currently out promoting his latest movie, Ready Player One, which hits theaters next week. The movie has been hailed as a return to form for the legendary director, which is pretty strong praise. The movie has been criticized for capitalizing on nostalgia by some viewers, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out at the box office. You can read the rest of what Steven Spielberg had to say about Ready Player One and Tintin 2 over at Premiere. The article is in French, so you'll need a translator if you don't speak French.