Thursday, June 30, 2016

Back on Track: Steven Spielberg Says 'Tintin 2' is Still A Go

Man, the wait on the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin has been a long one...

Released back in 2011, The Adventures of Tintin made most of its dough back internationally, as the comics originate from Belgium and are much more well-known in those areas. Adapted several times over in film and TV, the film was a big hit in Europe... Not so much here, Paramount pretty much dumped it. I absolutely enjoyed The Adventures of Tintin, as it was a very traditional escapist action-adventure that fit right in with the Amblin pictures of the late 70s and early 80s. It had great action (including a jaw-dropping chase sequence that was all done in one long shot!), Tintin and Haddock made for a winning duo, and the story was very solid.

Directed by Steven Spielberg (his first animated feature, or performance-capture if you want to get technical) and produced by Peter Jackson, the sequel was set to do a little role reversal - with Jackson at the helm and Spielberg handling producing duties. Unfortunately, Mr. Jackson had a little something to do first.

A little something that kind of erupted... The Hobbit trilogy. Originally set to be a two-parter, it was turned into a full-on trilogy, so that pushed Tintin 2 back from whenever they wanted it out. (Christmas 2015 was a big possibility for a while.) Then it was said that Jackson wanted to do some personal, smaller-scale films after finishing the final Hobbit movie. Jamie Bell, who plays Tintin in the movie, said a while back that it's still set to happen and that he hoped filming would begin sometime this year for a possible 2018 release. Then there were various reports of Jackson not directing it...

Today, Spielberg himself said...

"Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin."

So I'm guessing this new Amblin project of Jackson's will be one of those small-scale films he said he would do. Or maybe it's something else entirely, who knows. Either way, he's doing it for Amblin so that's enough to get me excited. At least Tintin 2 is still on the table, and I don't mind a long wait, as long as we actually get it. I'm also interested in seeing how Jackson handles this one, and since Spielberg will be on board, we'll still have that great Spielbergian vibe that bolstered the first film.

If you ask me, the earliest we could see it at this rate is in 2019 or maybe really late 2018.

What say you?

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