It has been three years since the Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson crossed streams, so to speak, and delivered The Adventures of Tintin, their first big screen adaptation of the widely beloved Tintin comic series by Hergé.
Originally a sequel was planned for winter 2014 or summer 2015. But the motion capture process which made ‘Tintin’ such a technical challenge, costs time and it’s highly doubtful that next summer is still a viable date for the sequel. In fact it’s pretty darn impossible.
So where does the follow-up, titled The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun stand? Will it even happen, with Peter Jackson still MIA somewhere in Middle Earth?
"I’ve just finished writing the new Tintin film for Steven Spielberg.”
There you go, the script is ready. But as Spielberg is only producing the second one, it’s highly unlikely that 'Prisoners of the Sun' will start filming before post production on The Hobbit: There and Back Again has finished and it's director has his hands free to tackle a new project.
Hence, a release date in late 2016 seems very much like the earliest possibility.
As I loved the Tintin comics to death as a child, and demand a second movie as soon as possible, I'd like to quote the always thoughtful Captain Haddock at this point, and say billions of billious barbecued blue blistering barnacles!