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Story Plans for 'Tintin' Sequel Discussed

August 18, 2009 (8:05 am) GMT
Peter Jackson, the co-producer of 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn' and director of 'Tintin 2', has spilled the beans on the books that may be used for the sequel.

The first film of the "Tintin" planned trilogy, "", is still years away from its theatrical release, but its producer has already talked about story plans for the second installment. During the promotion for "", Peter Jackson has shared to MTV on which books may be used for "".

"I'm partial to 'The Seven Crystal Balls' [and] 'Prisoners of the Sun,' that was always one of my favorites," Jackson who is set to direct the film's sequel teased. "I love 'The Black Island,' as well." Noting that nothing has been set in stone just yet, the filmmaker added, "I'm keeping my options open. We haven't nailed it down just yet. I'm going to reread all the Tintin books again."

The Academy Award-winning director moreover revealed that the scripting won't start until he's done with his other project, "The Hobbit". "We don't start writing that script until next year when we're done with 'The Hobbit' script, so I've got a little bit of time to change my mind," he said. "Certainly, 'Seven Crystal Balls' and 'Prisoners of the Sun' are the frontrunners at this stage."

As for the first film, Jackson fessed up that director Steven Spielberg has just finished his cut, and that he will see it when he gets back home next week. He then explained that the movie will present the meeting of Tintin and Captain Haddock. "The first one's based on 'The Secret Of The Unicorn' largely, with a little of 'The Crab With The Golden Claws' put in," he said. "We wanted to have the meeting of Captain Haddock and Tintin. ... We're kind of taking bits from a couple of different books."

"The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" is a 3-D motion-capture feature inspired by the renowned character created by Herge. It stars as the globetrotting young reporter named Tintin. In the film, his character will face off the nefarious Red Rackham (). Other actors include , , , , and Mackenzie Crook.

Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish wrote the screenplay with Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy producing. This movie will arrive in U.S. theaters on December 23, 2011. In the meantime, little is known about "Tintin 2", except that Spielberg and Jackson will swap their roles.

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