Steven Spielberg still on board for 'Tintin'

Herge Studios had said Peter Jackson would helm first pic

Although Brussels' Herge Studios seems to think otherwise, Steven Spielberg remains committed to directing the first in a planned "Tintin" trilogy for DreamWorks. It will be his next directing effort after this summer's $780 million-worldwide-grossing "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Herge Studios, which holds the rights to the iconic comic strip character, said Tuesday via a spokesman that Peter Jackson was moving into the director's chair for the first film. But both Jackson's and Spielberg's camps say that Jackson in fact remains attached to direct the sequel, though he will still be a producer on the first.

In the meantime, Jackson will finish postproduction 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 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 film, scripted by "Doctor Who" writer Stephen Moffat, will be animated with motion-capture technology and star 18-year-old Thomas Sangster as Tintin and Andy Serkis as his friend Captain Haddock.

Leo Cendrowicz reported from Brussels; Jay A. Fernandez reported from Los Angeles.
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