Although "Tintin" hasn't been as popular stateside as it has been overseas, that isn't slowing down plans for a follow-up, and Spielberg is even talking about a third one: "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," he said, though the original plan was reportedly to have a new filmmaker take over the franchise at some point.
The first installment, which is still in theaters, was written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, but the sequel is being penned by English author-screenwriter Anthony Horowitz (whose credits include the British TV series "Foyle's War" and "Murder in Mind"). Horowitz told the BBC back in November that the second film would be based on the Tintin adventure "Prisoners of the Sun," but now that'll be the basis for the third film, which he also hopes to write.
"At the moment I'm trying to put together a story that will please everybody. It's a very difficult one to do," he said at the time. Horowitz is also anticipating a third "Tintin" film, saying, "I am a huge Tintin fan. I grew up on him and I'm looking to getting stuck in on this, but we're a little distant yet from actually having a script."