While Jackson says he is set to handle the directorial duty, Steven Spielberg explains that the sequel movie could be launched pretty quickly because the screenplay is ready.
"The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" has not opened in theaters yet, but already a sequel for the animated movie is being materialized. In the new print edition of The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Jackson confirmed that he will replace Steven Spielberg to tackle the directorial duty and that he will start working on "Tintin 2" right after finishing "The Hobbit".
Spielberg explained furthermore that the script for the sequel has already been written, "[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. So we can launch pretty quickly on a second movie. The script is already written."
The screenplay for "Tintin 2" is penned by Anthony Horowitz. The story is based on two of Herge's books titled "Prisoners of the Sun", which could be the title for the second film, and "The Seven Crystal Balls." As for the possible third film, Spielberg claimed, "We haven't talked about that."
The plot for "Prisoners of the Sun" focuses on Tintin and Captain Haddock's adventure in Peru following the events in "The Seven Crystal Ball". There, Tintin saves a boy named Zorrino and the boy becomes the guide in his quest to the Temple of the Sun. However, Tintin and Haddock find more than they bargained for and end up in a hot spot.
The first "Tintin" film "Secret of the Unicorn" will be released in the U.K. on October 26 and in the U.S. on December 21. Spielberg took on the directorial duty, while Jackson served as the producer. The voice cast includes Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Haddock, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson, as well as Daniel Craig as Red Rackham.