In an interview with Spielberg, the Times of India asked about when Tintin 2 might hit theaters. This was Spielberg’s response:
“Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I’m producing. We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year.
“Don’t hold me to it, but we’re hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we’re making, we can’t share that now but we’re combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge.” Smiling impishly, refused to confirm or deny the guesses we hazarded but when specifically asked about ‘The Blue Lotus’, said it would probably be the third Tintin film.
The strange thing about The Blue Lotus being the third film is that, in Tintin’s room on the wall, there are framed newspaper stories showing details from both The Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus (as well as, by the way, The Black Island, which I know some of you have suggested would be a fun choice). I’ll borrow these from the site I linked to in my last post:
As of right now, Tintin is set up almost completely in the correct chronological order. It would be odd to undo that later, especially considering how many other good albums there are later on to choose from. Still, Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus do definitely come to mind as books Hergé intended to combine together. The other options that are directly sequels (other than finishing up with Red Rackham’s Treasure) to each other would be the moon books, the prisoners of the sun books (which we have been lead to believe are not the chosen books) and…well, perhaps you could combine The Blue Lotus and Tintin in Tibet…(for the third one) with the Blue Lotus part being a flashback. I’m curious-what are your thoughts?
By the way, Anthony Horowitz has tweeted that he will be in New Zealand in November, and this matches the time frame that Spielberg gave for when they hope to shoot the motion capture. So even if we don’t get to see the next movie for a long time…at least we should be able to really follow its creation fairly soon.