Peter Jackson To Direct ‘Tintin’ Movie Sequel

The Adventures Of Tintin came to the big screen courtesy of Steven Spielberg in 2011. However, Mr. Spielberg won’t be directing the sequel, according to blastr.com.

“We at least know who will be directing (the sequel): Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings),” reported the site. “Jackson produced the first film with Spielberg directing, and the duo apparently hope to take a round-robin approach so they both get to have some fun.”

“Peter [Jackson]‘s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal,” Spielberg told Total Film. “I said, ‘I’ll direct the first one, you direct the second one.’ And Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He’ll go right into the 31, 21 days of performance capture.”

So what’s the story going to be this time?

Spielberg told Total Film that the story outline for the CG animated sequel to The Secret Of The Unicorn is nearly complete, and that it would cover more than one story from the original comics.

“We’re not telling the world what books we’re basing the second movie on yet,” Spielberg said. “We have completed a story outline now. We have a writer on it. I’m just not declaring what it is. It will be more than one book, but no more than two.”

This apparently bucks what producer Kathleen Kennedy said a few months ago. She indicated that they were eyeing the classic Tintin story, The Calculus Affair. What’s up with that?

“We haven’t decided that yet,” Spielberg replied when asked about it by Total Film. “She’s throwing a monkey wrench into your story! It could be that. I like The Calculus Affair. So it could be.”

The first Tintin was only a modest success in the U.S., but did huge business in the rest of the world, where the original comics are much better known. Worldwide, the movie took in more than $371 million, which explains why a sequel is apparently being fast-tracked.

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