Blistering barnacles! The fur isn't even dry on Bilbo Baggins' wee hobbit-y feet, and already Peter Jackson is talking about moving on from Middle-earth – to do a followup to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin. With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opening Friday in U.S. theaters, and parts two and three -- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again – set for 2013 and 2014, respectively, the Kiwi filmmaker has started plotting Tintin 2, a motion-capture animated sequel starring the cow-licked boy reporter, his trusty terrier, Snowy and their drunken sidekick, Captain Haddock.  Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis are expected to return as Tintin and Haddock.

Jackson produced the first Tintin for Spielberg, and the plan was always to switch roles for the sequel. The New Zealand director and special effects wizard, a huge fan of the Hergé-created comic books, told a Belgian news site that "Anthony Horowitz [Foyle's War] is writing the script…. Then hopefully [I will] find a time next year – along with postproduction of the second part of The Hobbit – to shoot Tintin 2 for two years, after which I'll work to refine the images of the film."

The scuttlebutt is that the sequel might be based on the Tintin book Prisoners of the Sun, though Jackson has also spoken fondly over the years of The Black Island and The Calculus Affair.