Spielberg won't be directing Tintin 2—but look who will be!

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Dec 16, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

It looks like that potential Tintin trilogy Steven Spielberg has been talking up might happen sooner rather than later.

Spielberg told Total Film that the story outline for the CG animated sequel to The Secret of the Unicorn is nearly finished, and that it would cover more than one tale from the original comics.

"We're not telling the world what books we're basing the second movie on yet," Spielberg said. "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."

But wait—didn't the film's producer Kathleen Kennedy already let slip a few months ago that they were eyeing the classic Tintin story The Calculus Affair for the sequel? Not so fast, according to Spielberg.

"We haven't decided that yet," Spielberg replied when asked by Total Film. "She's throwing a monkey wrench into your story! It could be that. I like The Calculus Affair. So it could be."

Regardless of where the story comes from, we at least know who will be directing: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings). Jackson produced the first film with Spielberg directing, and the duo apparently hope to take a round-robin approach so they both get to have some fun.

"Peter [Jackson]'s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal," Spielberg told Total Film. "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."

The first Tintin was a modest success in the U.S. but did gangbusters overseas, as the namesake comics have a more international fanbase. Worldwide, the first film has made more than $371 million since it opened late last year.

(via Total Film)