Peter Jackson plans to begin work on a sequel to last year's motion capture take on Tintin before he completes his current fantasy trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, according to reports.
Jackson told Belgium's RTBF website during interviews to publicise his return to Middle-earth that he would find time to begin work on the as yet untitled follow-up to The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn next year with the aim of a 2015 release date. The first Tintin film was directed by Steven Spielberg with Jackson as producer; Spielberg revealed in February that the Oscar-winning pair would swap roles for its sequel.
"Anthony Horowitz is writing the script and I will meet him next week, Jackson said. "Then, hopefully, find a time next year – along with postproduction of the second part of the Hobbit – to shoot Tintin 2 for two years, after which I'll work to refine the images of the film."
There have been suggestions that the sequel could be based on Tintin creator Hergé's stories Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, though Jackson has also talked about his fondness for The Black Island and The Calculus Affair. The first Tintin film received positive reviews but was largely overlooked during the 2012 awards season despite the project's prominence and the Oscar-winning pedigree of its two creators. It picked up a Golden Globe for best animated film but was not even nominated in the equivalent Academy Awards category.
Jackson did not mention casting details, but his regular collaborator Andy Serkis would be expected to return as the voice of Captain Haddock, with Jamie Bell as intrepid reporter Tintin.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, is released on Friday in the UK and US, with the second film (subtitled The Desolation of Smaug) due in December 2013. The final instalment, There and Back Again, is due to arrive in summer 2014 after being announced as a belated addition in July.
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