Steven Spielberg's newest film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, already has a new director in Peter Jackson lined up for the sequel. There has been talk for a while now that there would be a trio of these films, and it it looks like it is now more than just talk. The two film heavyweights worked on Tintin together for three years, with Jackson as producer and Spielberg at the director's helm. Now Jackson, who has already begun filming his prequel to the Lord of the Rings -- The Hobbit, is officially stepping up to the plate for the second slot, tentatively titled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (The Hollywood Reporter via Slashfilm).
Though the green light from the studios Sony and Paramount has yet to be given, the script, penned by Anthony Horowtiz, is already in the works. Spielberg added: "[Sony and Paramount] were willing to do one movie with us and then give us the financial wherewithal to develop a script, do all the visual storyboards and get it really in launch position. So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie." Though he remained mum when asked about the potential for the rumored trilogy.
Originally planned to be a live-action adaption, Spielberg went to Jackson to seek help for a computer-generated Snowy. A long-time fan of the comics as well, Jackson suggested that motion-capture would be the best way to do justice to the franchise - and a collaboration was born officially in 2007. Now, three years in the making, the first installment, The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn is set to open at the end of this year in December, just in time for the holidays. Reviews have been pouring in since its Belgium press release in October. The film has already garnered a 92% fresh on the popular movie review site Rotten Tomatoes and with Jackson and Spielberg already gunning and set up for the next one, it only manages to look up from here.
Starring Jamie Bell as the adventurous young reporter, the first film follows Tintin and his faithful fox terrier Snowy as they set out to find a mysterious treasure. It combines the stories of The Crab With The Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham's Treasure written by the talented Steven Moffat (Doctor Who). The film also stars Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) as Captain Haddock, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) as bumbling detectives Thompson and Thompson, and Daniel Craig (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) as the dangerous Red Rackham.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig
November 2011, Europe
Dec 21, 2011, worldwide
Fun fact: It's said that during filming, various film superstars like Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the upcoming Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) visited.