By Darren Franich
Updated January 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM EST
Credit: WETA

Although The Adventures of Tintin hasn’t made much money in America, it’s been raking it in abroad. In fact, according to Box Office Mojo, it’s made over four times as much money in foreign sales as it has domestically. So it’s not surprising that, on a French press tour to promote the movie, filmmaker demigod and Tintin director Steven Spielberg was chattily bullish about the future of the franchise. According to Collider, Spielberg claimed that his co-producer Peter Jackson will start shooting Tintin Part Deux this year: “When he’s done shooting The Hobbit, he’ll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012.”

Spielberg noted that the screenplay is currently being written for the sequel. English author-screenwriter Anthony Horowitz told the BBC in November that he’d initially written a screenplay based on the Tintin volume Prisoners of the Sun, but that plans for the sequel had shifted. Spielberg played coy about which Tintin chapters would be adapted: “It’s more than one book, but it’s not three books, so that means it’s two books. It’s two and a half books that we’re combining with The Secret of the Unicorn.”

More intriguingly, Spielberg concluded his Tintin talk by looking even further into the future: “I’m hoping I’ll be able to direct the third one. I’d love to do the third one because I had so much fun on the first one.”

Earlier plans had indicated that Spielberg and Jackson would either codirect a third film or hand it over to a new filmmaker. Looks like those plans have changed. Still, it takes years to make a Tintin movie, and Spielberg and Jackson both have busy dance cards, so don’t be surprised if Tintin 2 comes out right around the same time as Avatar: Just the Blue of Us.

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The Adventures of Tintin

  • Movie
  • PG
  • 101 minutes
  • Steven Spielberg