Peter Jackson Still Plans to Direct ‘Tintin’ Sequel After ‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy is Finished

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 12th, 2013 at 4:30 am,

the adventures of tintin snowy tintin haddock Peter Jackson Still Plans to Direct Tintin Sequel After The Hobbit Trilogy is Finished

Upon winning the Best Picture Oscar for 2003′s Return of the King, the final entry the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson was on top of the world. He gained enough clout to direct his passion project, the 2005 remake of King Kong, which was earnest but uneven, followed by the literary adaptation The Lovely Boneswhich turned out to be a critical disaster and something of a financial black eye.

Jackson bounced back in a big way with the first part of his return to Middle-Earth, and last year’s An Unexpected Journey turned out to be a worthy kickoff to the new trilogy. The year before, Jackson served as producer for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, the first of an intended franchise (a trilogy at least), based on the series of comics by Belgian artist Georges Remi, better known as Hergé. The Tintin series is relatively obscure in the United States, but beloved around the world, which translated to a global box office take of over $370 million for the motion-capture animated adventure.

A year ago, Peter Jackson talked about his intention to shoot the sequel – currently titled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun - before finishing up his work on The Hobbit, hoping to shoot the “capturing” before the end of summer, 2012. This didn’t happen, of course, as The Hobbit was lengthened into a trilogy, and the last real word on the Tintin sequel came from Spielberg, who confirmed that Jackson is still directing and that the aim was to release by Christmas, 2015.

Peter Jackson 3D Camera Peter Jackson Still Plans to Direct Tintin Sequel After The Hobbit Trilogy is Finished

Now we have word from Jackson himself, speaking to at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, that he has every intention of directing the second entry in the Tintin universe:

“As soon as I’m free of ‘The Hobbit’, I’ll be going back into doing ‘Tintin.’ It was held up by ‘The Hobbit’, but we have every intention of doing another Tintin movie and it’s just waiting on me to be done with these ‘Hobbit’ movies.”

You can watch the whole video below:

The first Tintin movie may not have set the U.S. box office on fire, but it was a huge hit in the rest of the world. Given how popular the Tintin comics are globally, especially in Europe, it’s not much of a surprise that Spielberg and Jackson would continue to build on that success, this time with their roles swapped.

The second film is said to include plot elements from Tintin stories The Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, with maybe something from The Blue Lotus – which makes the overall plot a big mystery – and potentially as over-stuffed as the first one felt at times. British novelist Anthony Horowitz (the Alex Rider series, among many others) is taking over screenwriting duties.

Since the final entry in The Hobbit trilogy, There and Back Again, is set to hit theaters in Decmeber 2014, one wonders just when we’ll see a second Tintin movie – Jackson’s comments are a signal that it’s happening, but it seems unlikely that the nuanced, detailed VFX work needed to flesh out the motion-capture performances could really be finished by then, given that there is no indication of a timetable for shooting exists.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premieres December 13, 2013. The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015 or 2016.


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  1. I thought Tin Tin was great, but for me, Middle Earth is even better, so I can wait for a sequel to Tin Tin until The Hobbit comes to a close.

  2. I loved Tintin. Really loved it.
    My biggest regret was not seeing it in the theater and if the sequel happens I won’t make that mistake again.
    Hopefully it could be out in 2016.

  3. I’m going to revisit TinTin on blurry, I enjoyed it the first time, but am sure to get more out of it as it was richly layered….

  4. I am so not looking forward to it. I do not want another massive head ache caused by both eye strain and witnessing such stupidity on screen.

  5. I wanted to like the first film, but it felt like there was something missing. That magic wasn’t there to make it a great film (it was just an OK film to me). I’m hoping they can find some of the magic on the sequel. Perhaps Jackson directing might bring it. Although I never really knew much about Tin Tin growing up (being in North America) and had no previous love for the character, so maybe that was part of it also. The animation sure was great though.

  6. I dont care what anybody thinks, but I desperately want to see a tin-tin sequel , who cares if its not popular in US or not , but in rest of the world it’s hugely polpular

  7. I remember watching the Adventures of Tintin as a kid and loved it (must have seen the reruns or something though, because I just looked it up and I was only like 3 years old when it aired). The first movie was just OK, though I may have to give it another try because I saw it bootleg. Excited for anything done by Peter Jackson though, so can’t wait.

  8. I love TinTin comics. I used to read it as a kid while I was in India. Naturally, I was really thrilled to see the film adaptation and I believe Spielberg had done an excellent job adapting it. I am really excited to watch the sequel!

  9. Wasn’t a fan of the movie – somehow it seemed like something was *always* moving and it was just non-stop, and that gave me a headache. Also, the plot was so meh. Tintin himself is an OK character, the drunk captain fella was just annoying and overall I’m not sure mo-cap was really the right way to go. What’s wrong with traditional animation? Given Tintin’s roots, I think it would’ve fit better.

    • I loved the Drunkard Captain, he was the character that pulls you in to the story. I loved it and started to read the comics and short story novels, their great going on trip books and pass timer books, or just I gotta read for school books. Back to the movie, I thought it was a good story that held solid for me. My parents also said it gave them a headache, I’ll check on that ‘always’ moving. I get headaches at movies alot, I always thought it was the over scent of popcorn and butter, but maybe it is the always ‘moving’ theory…

  10. Loved the Tintin film. Also regretted not being able to catch it in theaters. At first I wasn’t sure of the mo- cap when I heard about it, but then I saw the movie, and it was used so masterfully and seamlessly that I fell in love with it. And to be honest, Tintin is great enough of a comic to deserve more than animation but still calling back to its artistic roots. Hence mo- cap was the perfect choice.

  11. Tin Tin was fantastic, saw it twice in theaters, but excuse me, The Lovely Bones was hailed by the critics (I read at least) as a cinematic masterpiece, and it truly was. Stanley Tucci got nominated for best supporting actor for his work on the film too. I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but everyone I know absolutely loved it, granted it didn’t make a lot of money, but those who saw it adored Jackson’s take on the story.