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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been seven years since The Adventures of Tintin hit theaters. The CG motion capture-animated film was based on the Belgian Tintin comics. While the film was pretty well received by critics, it didn’t end up doing too incredibly well at the box office. Sure, it made $374M worldwide, but only $77M of that was from domestic filmgoers.

They had hoped to create a sequel, but given the middling performance of the original, it wasn’t exactly made a priority. But is the project actually dead? While making the rounds while promoting his latest film Ready Player One, director Steven Spielberg was asked that very question. The answer is a rough translation from French, so forgive the janky nature of the text.

“Peter Jackson has to do the second part. Normally, if all goes well, he will soon start working on the script. As it takes two years of animation work on the film, for you, I would not expect to see it for about three years. But Peter will stick to it. Tintin is not dead! “

While I’d be hesitant to draw any full-on conclusions from this translation, there are a few things we can pull. Peter Jackson should be doing this one, and if everything goes to play, he will begin work on the script. Couple that with the time it takes to write the script, and it sounds like we’re at least three years away from the movie. The bright side? The film isn’t dead, which is great to hear.

We do live in the era of great blockbusters, but one genre that has been sorely missing is high adventure. I’d love to see another Tintin film, as it really helped to whet my appetite for the genre. Too bad, it’ll likely be another handful of years until I see it, but better late than never, right?

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SOURCE: Premiere

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.