When the folks at Movies.com spoke to producer Kristie Macosko Krieger, who worked with Steven Spielberg on Bridge of Spies, they asked if we'd ever see the promised sequel to The Adventures of Tintin. At the time she said, "I think we will. Peter Jackson will direct the next Tintin, they are working on the story. We don't know when it will happen, but the hope and the prayer is to make Tintin 2. But it's up to Peter Jackson. Peter's directing it and Steven is producing, which was always their plan together. "
That's reassuring for fans of the first mo-cap adventure movie, but now Spielberg has revealed that he and Jackson have plans for another movie before Tintin. What movie is that? Spielberg's not saying, but he did confirm this to The New Zealand Herald:
"“Peter was so busy with The Hobbit that it took him away from Tintin and he’s doing another film for my company now. It’s a secret, nobody knows about it. Then after that he’ll do Tintin."
By "my company" Spielberg surely means Amblin Partners. Movies.com also asked Krieger about Amblin's future during that same interview, and here's what she had to say about what kind of movies they want to make:
"They're four quadrant with something for everybody, whether it's Goonies or Gremlins or American Tail or Back to the Future… every movie we did in the '80s and '90s. We are going back to that. We want to tell stories that feel Amblin-like."
So if we're going to connect some dots here, Peter Jackson is working on a secret Amblin movie for Spielberg that should, in theory, feel like the kind of classics Krieger name-checked. Even though we have no details at all at this point, just the idea of that is exciting. It'll be great to see Jackson out of epic fantasy mode and back into a smaller, more intimate setting. The Frighteners is kind of like an edgier, more adult Amblin movie. If Jackson can do something like that again, we'd be beyond thrilled.