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One of the biggest box office curiosities remaining in the calendar year is Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. While the books by Herge, on which the film is based on, are huge overseas, the characters are still a huge question mark for American audiences. Will they go simply because Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are attached as director and producer or will they just ignore it? We still have a few more months before that question is answered, but that's not stopping the team behind the film from thinking towards the future.
In the recent print edition of THR (via The Playlist), Peter Jackson has confirmed that the plan is for him to direct the possible sequel to Tintin. Clarifying, Spielberg said that the project has not yet been given the green light but they have been given permission to do some forward planning. "“[Sony and Paramount] were willing to do one movie with us and then give us the financial werewithal to develop a script, do all the visual storyboards and get it really in launch position," Spielberg said. "So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie. The script is already written."
That script was written by Anthony Horowitz and will possibly be titled The Adventures Of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun. Much like Secret of the Unicorn, the script incorporates two of Herge's stories: "Prisoners of the Sun" and "The Seven Crystal Balls." The story involves Tintin and Captain Haddock investigating a mysterious illness and traveling to Puru to figure out the cause. As for a third film, apparently it has not yet been discussed. Said Spielberg, "We haven’t talked about that, but I had such a wonderful time working on this; it liberated me as a director because I was able to run around by myself."
Tintin 2 may actually get the greenlight sooner than you think. While Americans have to wait until December 21st, the movie is being released in Europe this week. If it makes enough money over there, the studios may not care about American box office numbers and move ahead early.