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Spielberg confirms Tintin sequel isn’t dead

You wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking a sequel to 2011’s motion-capture animated film The Adventures of Tintin would be unlikely. While successful with critics, the Steven Spielberg directed film wasn’t a breakout hit, grossing $374 million off of a $135 million budget. News of a sequel directed by The Lord of the Ring’s Peter Jackson was reliably pouring through in 2013, but that’s when the trail went cold. However, according to a comment by Spielberg to the French magazine Premiere, made during the promotional tour for his latest movie, Ready Player One, fans need not worry. Tintin isn’t dead.

“Peter Jackson has to do the second part. Normally, if all goes well, he will soon start working on the script. As it takes two years of animation work on the film, for you, I would not expect to see it for about three years. But Peter will stick to it. Tintin is not dead!”

In 2009, Jackson noted that his favourite of Tintin’s adventures were The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun, The Black Island and The Calculus Affair. The film’s sequel is expected to be an adaptation of Hergé’s 1948 and 1949 comics The Seven Crystal Balls, Prisoners of the Sun.

Belgian artist Georges Prosper Remi, better known under his pen name Hergé, created the Tintin comics and authored them between 1929 and 1976. With sales of over 200 million units, the series is considered to be one of the most popular European comics of all time. Prior to Spielberg’s film, the series had inspired three earlier 2D animated features, and two television adaptations, the most recent of which was produced by Canada’s Nelvana.

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