In one of the most exciting collaborations in a great while, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson teamed up on this fall’s The Adventures of Tintin. Spielberg directed the film as his first foray into motion-capture, with Jackson onboard as a very hands-on producer. The plan, if audiences flock to this first Tintin, has always been to make a trilogy of films based on Herge’s beloved characters, with Jackson directing the second installment. Anthony Horowitz was hired to pen the sequel last year, and now Jackson has confirmed that the Tintin follow-up is planned to be his next film after he finishes The Hobbit. Hit the jump for more.
There are still eight months between us and the December 23 release of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. But producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have, from the beginning, scoped their Tintin adaptation as a trilogy. The Secret of the Unicorn is the eleventh title in the Belgian comic series, so Spielberg and Jackson are not tied to the release order of the source material. This raises the question: what might serve as the basis of the sequel to Unicorn?
Our partners at Omelete may have found the answer in a post at On the Go informing of a promotional appearance by London author Anthony Horowitz. The attached bio indicates Horowitz “will be writing the screenplay to the second Tintin film, Prisoners of the Sun.” Details after the jump. [Update: Horowitz has confirmed that he's writing the second film. Hit the jump for quotes on the gig from the author]