Peter Jackson Says He’ll Make the TINTIN Sequel After He Finishes THE HOBBIT Trilogy

     December 11, 2013


When director Steven Spielberg’s animated pic The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was first announced, Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson made it clear that their intention was to switch roles on a proposed sequel, with Jackson then taking the helm as director and Spielberg assuming the role of producer.  Though not a massive success domestically, Tintin did swell business overseas, raking in a worldwide total of $373.9 million.  We’ve been hearing from both Spielberg and Jackson that they still plan on making the Tintin sequel for the past couple of years now, but production has yet to begin.  The latest we heard was from Spielberg earlier this year, who said they were hoping to have the follow-up ready for a 2015 release.

So what’s the holdup?  Well you can chalk it up to Jackson expanding his The Hobbit adaptation to three films.  The director recently provided an update on Tintin, revealing that he plans on moving back on to Tintin once he’s finished with The Hobbit.  Hit the jump to read on.

adventures-of-tintin-sequel-peter-jacksonSpeaking with (via CS) at the premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Jackson said progress on the Tintin sequel will resume once he’s finished with The Hobbit:

“As soon as I’m free of The Hobbit, I’ll be going back into doing Tintin.  It was held up by The Hobbit, but we have every intention of doing another Tintin movie and it’s just waiting on me to be done with these Hobbit movies.”

The initial plan was to film the performance capture portion of the Tintin sequel earlier this year before Jackson went into post-production on Smaug, but that was derailed when Jackson had to go back into additional filming on The Hobbit in order to expand the adaptation into a trilogy.  Given that Jackson went back for additional filming on all three Lord of the Rings films, there will likely be a small bit of pickups for The Hobbit: There and Back Again next year, but if for some reason there’s not, it’s possible that Jackson could squeeze a month of Tintin shooting into his schedule at some point.  But that’s a big “if”.

Judging by his comments here, it sounds like Tintin won’t be picking back up again until after the release of There and Back Again next December, so the earliest release window for a Tintin sequel now seems to be 2016 given the extensive amount of post-production needed to render and animate the performance capture portions of the film.

Watch the video interview with Jackson below.


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  • Marissa Evans

    Putting this off for FAR too long. This news has made my workday today much better. I know he’s been busy with these Hobbit movies, but man was I getting impatient. :p

  • Person

    They need to get a move on this, the movie only needs Jackson’s full 100% attention when they do the mo-cap for like 60 days. After that he just turns it over to the computer whiz guys and they can do a solid chunk of the CG work while he promotes Hobbit 3. Then he comes back full-time and finishes it up in time for late 2015.

    Actually, prolly best that they wait til 2016, otherwise it’ll get slaughtered by Star Wars and everything else in 2015.

    I just hope Jackson doesn’t take a 64 page Tintin book and turn it into a trilogy. Oh dear…

    • Scullibundo

      The problem Jackson is going to face is that 2015 will see Avatar pretty much take over WETA Digital.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      2 hours of tintin looking for his dog

  • Nomis1700

    Also in HFR? Technical wise, it’d be very interesting. Because everything comes out of the computer, so no fake-material looking stuff that haunts the Hobbit here and there a bit.

    • SomeGuy

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Tintin appeared in the third Hobbit movie. Just kidding. I really enjoyed the first Tintin film. More than the first Hobbit film actually.

    • Marissa Evans

      I’m hearing the HFR is much better this time around with Hobbit 2. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it in the first one – hell some scenes looked downright amazing like the stone giant battle and the flight scene at the end – but the parts it didn’t work were when the colours looked unnaturally bright, so it had sort of that hyperrealism to it. Nevertheless, I’m very happy they haven’t given up on the technology because the parts that looked good looked absolutely incredible (GOLLUM, oh man you could reach our and touch him).
      But that said, I fear that in Tintin, because it’s so bright and they’re animated, it will look odd. But then again, Gollum was animated and he looked astounding, so it could work. I’m just pensive. Hopefully they test it first and act accordingly.

  • tarek

    I hope they will do The Seven Crystal Balls, followed by the temple of the sun

    • Person

      I think that’s the plan at this point, and they’ll introduce Calculus as well. I’m very excited to see who they end up casting for that part, he’s probably my favorite character. I mean, aside from Snowy haha

      • Marissa Evans

        That plan kept changing apparently. I read that they’d scrapped the first screenplay for some reason. Which is fine, if they’re unhappy with it then fix it by all means. But yes, for sure, hopefully they do those stories. I also heard they’d like to combine Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet. And it would definitely be great to see Chang.
        Before Chang though, I’m absolutely dying to see Calculus (or Tournesol as I remember him as), and I’m interested in how they’re going to design him. Also Captain Chester would be fun to see as well, who I stand by should be voiced by Craig Ferguson. :p
        Haha it’s weird, I so rarely get this excited about film or TV, but something about Tintin…it’s just stuck with me for all these years. The first film was such a joy to watch.

      • tarek

        If you love Tintin, then go watch the Adventures of Tintin tv series. This is the most faithful work I’ve seen to Hergé’s Tintin.

        And the Theme music is simply amazing.

      • The Flobbit

        I absolutely LOVE that series.

  • Chuck Bartowski

    Morgan? Is that you?

  • Jim

    Good. Such a fantastic movie.


    can’t wait. first film was great! i hope that edgar wright and joe cornish do the script again, it would be awesome to see one of them direct the third film too

    • Marissa Evans

      The weird thing is I didn’t feel their presence in the first one. Those two are such masters in comedic writing (as we all know so well) but we didn’t get the comedic side of them as much as I would have liked, except maybe when Dupond & Dupont were around. I’m sure it has to do with Spielberg’s influence on the film, but I would love to nevertheless get some more comedy in this next one. Slapstick, one-liners, the whole lot.

      • NICK НΛRT

        well to be fair they also had stephen moffat who does doctor who and sherlock, so that probably had a big influence as well as spielberg, but yeah it would have been nice to have a few more one liners. although you have to admit haddock was pretty hilarious

    • The Flobbit

      Third film will be co-directed by Jackson and Spielberg, I believe.

      • NICK НΛRT

        really? never heard that anywhere, would love to see an article or something that says that

      • The Flobbit

        This was about the time that the first movie came out, so plans may have changed since then…

  • The Flobbit

    Hugely looking forward to this. Jackson has pointed to Seven Crystal Balls and Temple of the Sun as his favourite Tintin comics, and those are by FAR the best. Anticipate Tintin going to a lush tropical jungle facing down curses, Incas, mummies, and more.

    Bring it on!


      seven crystal balls is fantastic, but the fact that the opening credits basically told that story makes me think that they’ll go another root. plus the ending clearly set up the red rackham’s treasure storyline, which IS the direct sequel to the secret of the unicorn after all.. but the first film did throw in some stuff from other stories as well as new elements, so I wouldn’t surprised to see one or both of those incorporated into the sequel

      • The Flobbit

        Absolutely. Expect some mixing and matching, but lot’s of vibrant action and intrigue.

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  • sanch

    Tintin in HFR will look mindblowing.. and this time they have better motion capture system.. more realism. But get a good story first.. I know a master director like Jackson will be able to pull it off.

  • sanch

    To anyone who is likely to make a joke out of the hobbit being a 3 part movie .. even Guilermo said two parts were atleast required to make the hobbit book in general..Mostly because of the nature of the book written and the fact that it is an adapted movie and not episodes contribute to that. Secondly it seems many are not aware of the nature of adaptations or the lore that they are adapting . Obviously they only think the HOBBIT is taken . But its no . The Quest of Erebor has a lot of material . 2ndly In order to display the quest of erebor , which they couldnt when there was only 2 films , they required 3 films.. Also they found out while post production.. that they had a lot of material.. and if it was 2 films many things were absolutely cut , like Gollum’s part was reduced by 5-6 minutes.. goblin town was itself reduced.. It lacked any proper coherence. Also the HObbit book may be 330 Pages but its matter is more than Harry Potter and the deathly hallows.. But its written in such absolute manner that it took so less pages.. So if express Hobbit as a narrative it will arise to around 650-700 pages fit for film adaptation . here the real issues rise which many are overlooking. Furthermore the appendices concerning the hobbit is around 40-50 pages for adaptation. SO over 700 pages.. and hence the three movies .. With Tin Tin and the fact it is mo caped and fully CG it does not need to have the narrative intensity like a live action picture has

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