Sunday, July 5, 2015

Peter Jackson to start Tintin 2

Even before the Kiwi filmmaker finishes his "Hobbit" trilogy, Peter Jackson hopes to get a "Tintin" sequel into production.

Peter Jackson to start Tintin 2

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Tintin and Haddock contemplate a sequel, with that Hobbit guy telling them what to do.
Tintin and Haddock contemplate a sequel, with that Hobbit guy telling them what to do.

Blistering barnacles! The fur isn’t even dry on Bilbo Baggins’ wee hobbit-y feet, and already Peter Jackson is talking about moving on from Middle-earth – to do a followup to Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening Friday in U.S. theaters, and parts two and three -- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again – set for 2013 and 2014, respectively, the Kiwi filmmaker has started plotting Tintin 2, a motion-capture animated sequel starring the cow-licked boy reporter, his trusty terrier, Snowy and their drunken sidekick, Captain Haddock.  Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis are expected to return as Tintin and Haddock.

Jackson produced the first Tintin for Spielberg, and the plan was always to switch roles for the sequel. The New Zealand director and special effects wizard, a huge fan of the Hergé-created comic books, told a Belgian news site that “Anthony Horowitz [Foyle's War] is writing the script…. Then hopefully [I will] 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.”

The scuttlebutt is that the sequel might be based on the Tintin book Prisoners of the Sun, though Jackson has also spoken fondly over the years of The Black Island and The Calculus Affair.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

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