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Steven Spielberg updates on Tintin sequel, Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, and a new film set in India

Mar. 12, 2013by: Paul Shirey
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Prolific filmmaker Steven Spielberg recently spoke with The Times of India, revealing some details on a number of upcoming projects on the director's slate, mostly in a producer role. After directing THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: SECRET OF THE UNICORN in 2011, a two-part deal that would have the director tag team the new franchise with Peter Jackson, the next installment is ready to go.

"Peter Jackson is directing the next one, I'm producing. We have a script and we're going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year.

"Don't hold me to it, but we're hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we're making, we can't share that now but we're combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge."

Spielberg also revealed that the famous 'Blue Lotus' story would likely be the third TIN TIN film. The director also gave details on the planned Martin Luther King, Jr. pic, saying:

"DreamWorks-Reliance is also planning a movie on Martin Luther King Jr. I wouldn't call it a biopic, it's more a story of King and the movement and also about how his admiration for Mahatma Gandhi helped to shape his moral core. About the slavery issue, it's very hard for me to wrap my mind around how a group of people could everfor profit or powerenslave another group of people."

The director discussed shooting another film in India, which he hasn't done since INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, saying there are plans for a picture in that region:

"We have finalized a script for a movie that DreamWorks (the studio he co-owns) and our partners Reliance Entertainment plan to make together. Part of it will take place on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir. But we're still trying to figure out the casting, locations and who's going to direct it."

>Spielberg also talked about trying to convince Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli to direct a film for the franchise on two separate occasions, saying:

"I spoke to him after making 'Jaws' , which was a huge hit but Cubby said I wasn't experienced enough and they'd call me if they did a Bond film on water. After 'Close Encounters' , I told him that by now I had two Oscar nominations. And he asked 'Did you win'? And I hadn't. So that was that.

Spielberg has yet to announce a new directing venture after putting the breaks on ROBOPOCALYPSE, which was set to star Chris Hemsworth and Anne Hathaway. The film is currently being restructured.

Extra Tidbit: Although I enjoy his historical jaunts, it'd be nice to see Spielberg have some fun again. Fingers crossed for Robopocalypse.

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12:56PM on 03/12/2013
I believe Spielberg will get a chance to direct a Bond film one of these days (unless Wilson and Broccoli are complete knuckleheads, which sometimes is the case). You can sense that with every interview Spielberg does, he feels strongly about the character and his passion shows feverishly. I hope he keeps fighting to get the job.
I believe Spielberg will get a chance to direct a Bond film one of these days (unless Wilson and Broccoli are complete knuckleheads, which sometimes is the case). You can sense that with every interview Spielberg does, he feels strongly about the character and his passion shows feverishly. I hope he keeps fighting to get the job.
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12:45PM on 03/12/2013
He didn't make any commercially groundbreaking film like Jaws,E.T.,Jurassic park,in the last two decades.wish he does it with Robocalypse,film adaptation of Halo series game.and i wonder why he passed on or couldn't do Jonathan Nolan's Interstellar
He didn't make any commercially groundbreaking film like Jaws,E.T.,Jurassic park,in the last two decades.wish he does it with Robocalypse,film adaptation of Halo series game.and i wonder why he passed on or couldn't do Jonathan Nolan's Interstellar
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11:26PM on 03/12/2013
I am way to anxious for the next TINTIN. It deserves so much more attention than it got. Instead all these little kids are into Oogie Loves, and Smurfs. TINTIN is like the modern days Indiana Jones, and is what kids SHOULD be watching.
I am way to anxious for the next TINTIN. It deserves so much more attention than it got. Instead all these little kids are into Oogie Loves, and Smurfs. TINTIN is like the modern days Indiana Jones, and is what kids SHOULD be watching.
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1:55PM on 03/12/2013

"Film" TinTin

because we were all thinking it
because we were all thinking it
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7:32AM on 03/15/2013
If nothing else comes up Spielberg should just direct the next Tin tin. Peter Jackson is already busy with The Hobbit and Spielberg did a great job with the first one.
If nothing else comes up Spielberg should just direct the next Tin tin. Peter Jackson is already busy with The Hobbit and Spielberg did a great job with the first one.
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9:40AM on 03/13/2013
Tintin was fucking awesome, and can't wait for more of them.
Tintin was fucking awesome, and can't wait for more of them.
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11:05PM on 03/12/2013
Now I know Cubby was a huge douche.
Now I know Cubby was a huge douche.
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