Jackson begins work on new Tintin film

Filming for the next Tintin film, to be directed by Sir Peter Jackson, may take place by the end of this year.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the The Adventures of Tintin, released in 2011, has told the Times of India that work is well under way on the sequel.

”We have a script and we’re going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year, which means – don’t hold me to this – we’re hoping the film will come out in 2015,” he said.

Actors were filmed and the process of “performance capture” used for the basis of the computer-animated film. Most of the performance capture for the first film was done in Los Angeles and the animation by Weta Digital in Wellington.

It seem likely that Jackson will complete additional Hobbit filming by the middle of this year and then wraps up the post-production on the second film.

Tintin filming is thought to only need about a month, but more than a year of post-production. So 2014 is shaping up to be another busy year for Jackson and Weta – with post production on Tintin and the last instalment of the Hobbit trilogy running parallel.

Jackson produced the first Tintin film and will swap roles for the second film, with Spielberg producing.

Spielberg would not say which Tintin books would be the basis for Jackson’s instalment.

”I can’t share that with you right now – I would love to, but I can’t. But, OK, we’ve combined two books which were intended to be combined by [Tintin creator] Herge.”

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