In an interview published in the Times of India, Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg let slip that the sequel to his and Peter Jackson’s 2011 animated effort, The Adventures of Tintin, would be ready by Christmas, 2015.
The plan, as Spielberg explains, is for Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, King Kong, The Frighteners) to direct the sequel, while Spielberg himself takes over the producer role.
“We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year,” Spielberg said in the interview.
“Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by (author and Tintin creator) Herge.”
While Spielberg kept the plot and source of the sequel secret, one storyline was singled out, but in this case for a later project. “The Blue Lotus, would probably be the third Tintin film,” he explained, thereby eliminating this storyline from the possible 2015 sequel.
The Adventures of Tintin grossed over $370 million worldwide and chances are, under the direction of Jackson, the sequel can match that or more.