Although negotiations have reportedly stalled, it seems development has indeed begun on a new Tintin movie – just not a sequel to the Spielberg film.

There’s talk of a new Tintin movie being developed, but not perhaps, from the source you might expect.

Since 2011’s The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn launched, we’ve heard plenty of promises that a sequel to that film is on the horizon. Lots of those promises have come from none other than Steven Spielberg himself, the director of the 2011 CGI animated film. Peter Jackson handled producer duties on The Secret Of The Unicorn, with the idea being that the pair would swap roles for the sequel, with Spielberg producing and Jackson directing.

Although Spielberg still talks about the project as an eventuality, as recently as 2018 where he claimed it was just a few years away, it’s been almost a decade since the release of The Secret Of TheUnicorn. Perhaps Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock and company may be back sooner than we suspected though, as French filmmaker Patrice Leconte has revealed plans to make a live action Tintin movie based on Hergé’s comic book, The Castafiore Emerald, one of the final Tintin tales to be completed.

The story itself centres around a single location, Marlinspike Hall, the home of Captain Haddock, who along with Tintin and Snowy must recover the titular missing emerald for renowned opera singer Bianca Castafiore.

However, Leconte’s proposed project may have hit a predictable snag: the rights issues.

According to SlashFilm, Leconte had been negotiating with Paramount France over the rights to use the character but those talks have reportedly stalled. There’s no word as to whether Spielberg’s continued interest in the Tintin character is having an impact upon negotiations but it’s certainly something we’ve seen before: when Ava DuVernay sought to make the Martin Luther King biopic, Selma, that released in 2014, she had to rewrite all of the legendary activist’s iconic speeches because Spielberg owned the rights to them with the plan of one day making his own version. Much like the next Tintin film, details of that project remain scarce.

In the meantime, Leconte has another film to shoot first in the form of Maigret And The Dead Girl whilst Spielberg is finishing up on West Side Story before potentially moving onto The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, which he has been developing since 2014.

More news on how this one pans out as we hear it.

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