tintin

The slowly-gestating Tintin saga may be one of the more interesting mainstream film collaborations in years — Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg working together is fairly remarkable — but it’s taking a long time to really develop. Peter Jackson has recently been talking about his half of the project, the second film that will theoretically happen after Spielberg’s first is released. But he tells MTV that he won’t even begin to hammer the script into shape for another year, as work on The Hobbit is taking precedence. (That contradicts previous reports that the second film would be happening soon.) After the jump, read about the stories that might make it into Jackson’s film.

He calls two books ‘frontrunners’. “I’m partial to The Seven Crystal Balls [and] Prisoners of the Sun, that was always one of my favorites,” said Jackson, who also added some love for The Black Island. With respect to finalizing the decision on which stories to tackle, Jackson says, “I’m keeping my options open. 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.” Will Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, who collaborated on the script for the first film, return to work on this one as well? We have no idea, and at this point Wright hasn’t publicly said anything about further work.

Meanwhile, we know that Spielberg’s first film has been entirely shot, and Jackson says that Spielberg’s first cut has been assembled. That doesn’t mean a lot, however, as that is only the first stage. WETA Digital is working on the actual CGI renders at this point, and we still have zero idea what the characters and settings will look like on film. The first film draws from two primary books, The Secret of the Unicorn and The Crab with the Golden Claws, which present the meeting and early friendship between Tintin (Jamie Bell) and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis).

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