In town to promote this weekend’s debut of “District 9,” filmmaker Peter Jackson shared some details about another project he’s serving as producer for—and the sequel that he’ll be getting behind the camera to direct.
“The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn” is based on the beloved comic strip with a global (and loyal) fanbase, and chronicles boy journalist Tintin’s globe-trotting adventures. Jackson is serving as producer on the first film, with Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair. The pair will reverse the roles for the sequel, and Jackson shared some details about where they’re at with the current film and what fans can expect to see in the follow-up.
“[Spielberg]’s just finished his cut, which he’s showing me when I get back home next week,” Jackson told MTV News.
The filmmaker acknowledged that, despite being a worldwide phenomenon, the character created by Belgian writer/artist Hergé isn’t excatly a household name in the U.S., so any explanation of storyline might require some background knowledge of the character and his long-running adventures.
“The first one’s based on ’The Secret Of The Unicorn’ largely, with a little of ’The Crab With The Golden Claws’ put in,” explained Jackson. “We wanted to have the meeting of Captain Haddock and Tintin. … We’re kind of taking bits from a couple of different books.”
As for his installment of the “Tintin” movie franchise, Jackson revealed some of the books he’s targeting for the “Tintin” sequel.
“I’m partial to ’The Seven Crystal Balls’ [and] ’Prisoners of the Sun,’ that was always one of my favorites,” said Jackson. “I love ’The Black Island,’ as well.”
However, the filmmaker said none of their plans have been finalized yet, as he still has a big commitment on the horizon—namely, the adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” he’s producing with Guillermo del Toro directing.
“I’m keeping my options open,” he explained. “We haven’t nailed it down just yet. I’m going to reread all the Tintin books again. … We don’t start writing that script until next year when we’re done with ’The Hobbit’ script, so I’ve got a little bit of time to change my mind.”
“Certainly, ’Seven Crystal Balls’ and ’Prisoners of the Sun’ are the frontrunners at this stage,” he added.
So, how about it, Tintin fans? Who’s interested in this one and has something to offer about Jackson’s story choices? I’ll confess to not knowing much about the character, so I’d love to hear from readers who do! Sound off in the comment section or on Twitter!