The Jurassic Park director took charge of this year’s (11) animated action adventure, featuring the voices of Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg, and he has previously expressed his desire to follow it up with two more installments, based on the comic books by Belgian artist Herge.
The film was released to rave reviews in Europe in October (11) and went on to debut at the top of the box office in 17 countries, making an estimated $55.8 million (£34.9 million) in its opening weekend.
It is due to open in North America later this month (Dec11), but its international success has already inspired Spielberg to press ahead with his sequel plans, and he has now confirmed the first Tintin sequel will be Jackson’s next project.
Spielberg says, “The Thompson Twins (Tintin characters) have a much bigger role in the next Tintin movie that Peter Jackson is going to direct. It’s being written right now and he’s directing it after he does The Hobbit and I’ll produce it with him as he’s produced this with me.
“We have the story and we have the book we’re adapting from Herge and we can’t wait to get started.”
Jackson is currently shooting The Hobbit, the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in New Zealand. The first of two parts, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is due to hit movie theatres next year (Dec12).