Peter Jackson Will Follow ‘The Hobbit’ with ‘Tintin’ Sequel

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Some interesting news from our friends at The Playlist: Peter Jackson has confirmed that following his work on The Hobbit movies, he plans to direct a sequel to The Adventures of Tintin, which begins opening internationally tomorrow. While the fact that he, and not Steven Spielberg, would be the one helming the second film is nothing new, talk of the project had all but petered out recently; now, in the wake of positive critical response, it seems that Jackson is feeling pretty confident that a sequel will really happen.

Good buzz aside, as Spielberg explained to The Hollywood Reporter, nothing is definite yet: “[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.” While we can’t imagine the first film being a total flop given its pedigree, American audiences are notoriously fickle, and Hergé’s Tintin is a more beloved character overseas. Also important to note: regardless of how The Adventures of Tintin performs at the box office, The Hobbit films will keep Jackson busy for the next few years, making any follow-up a distant, if exciting, reality.