Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson say they always envisioned multiple sequels to The Adventures Of Tintin and it appears they'll get their wish. Although the film was only released in Australia and America today, its strong box office results in the UK and international territories have been enough to greenlight the first sequel already. A critical and commercial success, The Adventures Of Tintin has earned over $233 million at the international box office.
It was officially announced last week that pre-production has begun on the sequel, which Spielberg says will star beloved character Professor Calculus.
``Peter (Jackson) is scheduled to direct the second Tintin adventure which does feature Calculus heavily,'' he says. Professor Calculus is a bumbling, hard-of-hearing inventor that builds many of the gadgets that Tintin's adventures revolve around. Jackson says they were "interested'' in adapting The Calculus Affair storyline which follows the professor's kidnapping.
The reason they haven't introduced Calculus (above) earlier - says Speilberg - is the wealth of Tintin storylines they've had to work from.
``There's a lot of plot,'' he says.
``I mean, look at the Herge books - there's a lot of narrative and a lot of sub plot.
``For the first movie we wanted to introduce the character of Captain Haddock and we even go back to his ancestors to learn about why Haddock is the man he is.''
Producer Kathleen Kennedy says they have even started discussing plans for a third Tintin film. Suffice to say, we can expect the blonde-haired journalist to be back for many more adventures.