Steven Spielberg has confirmed that Peter Jackson will direct the second film in the Tintin trilogy.
Speaking to Total Film magaizine, the Indiana Jones director said that the New Zealander would begin work on the untitled film as soon as he wraps up work on The Hobbit.
“Peter’s doing it,” Spielberg said. “I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. 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.”
Commenting on rumours that the second film might borrow from Hergé’s 1956 cold war-themed story The Calculus Affair, he said: “We’re not telling the world what books we’re basing the second movie on yet. We haven’t decided that yet. It could be that. I like The Calculus Affair. So it could be.
“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.”
Released last October, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn performed strongly at the box office, taking $371m (£235m) worldwide.