It’s been five years since Steven Spielberg delivered his first fully CG-animated film, The Adventures of Tintin.
The original idea was that Peter Jackson, a producer on the first film, would direct a Tintin sequel with Spielberg attached as producer, but The Hobbit put a stop to that. Guillermo del Toro was attached at the helm of The Hobbit, and Jackson came on board for a trilogy when Del Toro ended up walking.
Well, according to Spielberg himself, a Jackson-directed Tintin sequel is still on the horizon.
In an interview with TimeOut (via NZ Herald), Spielberg revealed that Jackson will be directing sequel after he takes on a mystery project for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.
“Peter 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 it,” Spielberg said, followed by the kicker: “Then after that he’ll do Tintin.”
Following the three Hobbit films, which failed to receive the same sort of acclaim seen with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Jackson said he was looking at taking on smaller films back in his home country of New Zealand.
“We really feel a bigger urge now to not continue with another Hollywood blockbuster for a while, but to go back and tell some New Zealand stories,” Jackson told Variety in an interview back 2014.
It remains to be seen if this mystery Amblin project will be a small, New Zealand-based production. For now, what Jackson has in store next is anyone’s guess.
The Adventures of Tintin was a moderate hit when it came out in 2011, earning mostly positive reviews and a worldwide box office gross of $US373.9 million.