Although Brussels’ Herge Studios said Tuesday that Peter Jackson was moving into the director’s chair for the first Tintin movie, The Hollywood Reporter says both Jackson’s and Spielberg’s camps insist that Jackson in fact remains attached to direct the sequel, though he will still be a producer on the first.
Steven Spielberg remains committed to directing the first in a planned trilogy for DreamWorks. It will be his next directing effort after this summer’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
In the meantime, Jackson will finish post-production on The Lovely Bones for DreamWorks/Paramount before moving on to co-write the two “Hobbit” movies for New Line and MGM.
The first Tintin feature, written by Stephen Moffat (“Doctor Who”), will be based on two of the books, “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure,” written by Tintin creator Herge between 1942 and 1944.
The movies will be animated with motion-capture technology and star 18-year-old Thomas Sangster as Tintin and Andy Serkis as his friend Captain Haddock.