The War Horse wagon train rumbles on, reaching France, and all the glamour of a star-studded Parisian press conference (ie. a bunch of mostly self-entitled hacks asking tedious questions of the bored and tired… but in Paris).
Amongst the talk of War Horse, Spielberg also spilled a little about upcoming projects, with the most interesting info pertaining to Jurassic Park 4 and Tintins 2 and 3.
The following transcripts come from Collider. Take it away, Steve:
I'm not going to say which stories have been chosen for Peter Jackson's sequel because Peter and I agreed that we weren't going to let that information out yet. The script is now being written. It's more than one book, but it's not three books, so that means it's two books. It's two and a half books that we're combining with The Secret of the Unicorn. And Peter will start working on the film this year. When he's done shooting The Hobbit, he'll begin his performance capture work with the actors later in 2012, which I'm very excited about. And of course, 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.
My dreams of an unexpected and exciting choice for the third Tintin film have been dashed. I mean, it was never going to be Joel and Ethan Coen or anything, but hasn't Spielberg already had his turn with this? And didn't it already blow up in his face?
Spielberg never said anything about the upcoming fourth Jurassic Park while on the stage, so Collider's roving reporter collared him at the end. Thankfully, she wasn't just looking for an autograph or photo – you'd be amazed and possibly sickened by how often this happens – but to try and get the big money quote.
Here's what he came up with:
I don't want to talk about Jurassic Park 4 yet – it's too early – but I can tell you that I'm not directing it. I'm producing it though.
I say give it to Alexander Payne. He wrote a draft of the third one after all.
Okay, maybe not. How about Attack the Block's Joe Cornish? He's the man for this job, I reckon, and having worked on the Tintin script, he's definitely in Spielberg's contacts book.