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Sony and Paramount to Partner for Tintin

Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures are in talks to co-finance the digital 3-D Tintin series from directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.  The series is based on the Belgian comics of the same name.

Details, via Variety:

After resolving the Paramount-DreamWorks divorce, putting together a studio deal for “Tintin” was next on Spielberg’s agenda. After Universal balked at partnering on the first installment, which Spielberg will direct, Paramount offered to fully back the first movie with a reduced backend at $135 million for the two gross participants. When the filmmakers held out for a better deal, a partner became a viable alternative.

The original deal called for there to be a three-film deal, but it looks like this will now be a two-picture deal, with Spielberg to direct the first film (still expected by 2010) and Jackson to direct the sequel.

Source: Variety