Everything gets a sequel in today’s Hollywood. Not just horror movies or superhero tentpoles. Pacific Rim 2 is coming, only because that movie made money overseas. The animated Planes cranks out Fire and Rescue by keeping costs down. Where, then, is the planned follow up to 2011’s The Adventures of Tintin, the Steven Spielberg thriller that was supposed to pass the torch to Peter Jackson? We asked Andy Serkis, and he filled us in.
Serkis, as you may recall, lent his considerable motion-capture talents to Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin to play the drunken and bloated Captain Haddock. It was assumed that the King Kong co-star would assume the captain’s identity when the sequel got underway. And when we last reported on a possible Tintin 2, Serkis’ longtime Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson still planned to slide into the director’s chair. Now that the Hobbit films are drawing to a close, is Tintin 2 still in Jackson’s future?
We were lucky enough to sit down with Andy Serkis at the press junket for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And while we got a LOT of information regarding Matt Reeves’ amazing sequel, we asked Serkis briefly if he has had any conversations with Peter Jackson regarding a start for Tintin 2. The actor told us:
We have had vague conversations, yeah. I think there is absolutely hope that there will be another one, and that Peter [Jackson] will get to make his one."
Not the concrete confirmation we’d love to hear, but a vote of confidence from a man who should know. His clip is quick, but here it is, if you’d like to hear it straight from Andy Serkis (and see what he looks like without a mo-cap suit):
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson went into The Adventures of Tintin with the intention of making multiple movies (based on the animation of Herge), with Jackson taking the reigns for Tintin 2. The director, mind you, has been lost in his Hobbit trilogy, but all that changes once The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in December. Jackson’s slate will be clear for the first time since 2012 (or before that, if you count pre-production). Last December, Jackson told the press that his Tintin was coming. After hearing Andy Serkis’ comments, I’m prone to believe him.