With Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opening tomorrow in some international markets, The Hollywood Reporter (via The Playlist) took the occasion to catch up with Spielberg and Peter Jackson, who acted as a producer on the film. Asked whether he would be directing the upcoming sequel, Jackson replied emphatically with a “yes.” While the plan had always been to have Spielberg direct the first movie and Jackson the second, it’s nice to get an official confirmation that he will indeed helm the Tintin follow-up after he finishes shooting The Hobbit.
Spielberg elaborated that Sony and Paramount have already commissioned a script and accompanying visual storyboards for the sequel. He explains that “the script is already written” by Anthony Horowitz, which will allow for production to move forward quickly once they get the green-light. Naturally, the studios are still waiting to see how the first movie fares with US audiences but early reviews have been nothing less than gushing with the film currently holding a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score.
The sequel, which will be based on the 13th and 14th books, Prisoners of the Sun and The Seven Crystal Balls, is tentatively entitled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun and the story will revolve around the iconic reporter investigating a mysterious illness that has struck seven explorers who unearthed the mummy of an ancient Incan. Check out the 40-minute TV animation of The Seven Crystal Balls below: