Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson Join Forces on Tintin Trilogy

Photo: Photos by Patrick McMullan (left, right); Courtesy of Hergé/Moulinsart (center)

Tintin to Film: Superdirectors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson will join forces to rule the world produce and direct three films back-to-back starring French comics character Tintin. Hergé wrote 23 books starring cub reporter Tintin between 1929 and 1976; the pair of filmmakers have selected three to adapt. Each will direct one film with a director to be named later for the third, all using WETA's motion capture technology to create lifelike but not live-action characters. WETA has already spent $1.7 million just to make digi-Tintin's hair stand up like that. [Variety]

CBS Announces New Series: CBS picks up several high-profile dramas, including Hugh Jackman–produced Viva Laughlin!, seventies-set Swingtown, and Hell-on-Earth drama I'm in Hell. Eye also picks up Moonlight, about a vampire who's a private eye. Per Variety, show was formerly titled Twilight; before that, show was titled Angel and it ran for five seasons on the WB. [Variety]

NBC Supersizes Sched: Twenty-four episodes of Heroes will be joined by six episodes of spinoff, Heroes: Origins, as NBC attempts to supersize seasons and avoid repeats. Net has also ordered 30 episodes of The Office (including five hour-long eps). Friday Night Lights moves to Friday in a move that screams, "Duh!" Other new shows include Candace Bushnell property Lipstick Jungle. [Variety]

Baldwin Back on 30 Rock: NBC's Kevin Reilly confirms at upfronts that Alec Baldwin will return to sitcom next year, grumpy announcements on The View notwithstanding. [ArtsBeat/NYT]

Thompson Leaves Law & Order: Fred Thompson won't be rejoining Law & Order when it reappears on NBC next winter, as he'll be running for president and whatnot. [NYT]

Sly Stone to Play U.K.: Funk legend Sly Stone will play July show in England with original members of Family Stone, one of few shows played in last twenty years. Afterward, he'll thank you (falettinhim be reclusive again). [Pitchfork]

Public Announces Emerging Playwright Program: Funded by Time Warner, Public Theater program will give small stipends and dramaturgical support to ten to fifteen playwrights a year, selected via open submission process. [Playbill]

Columbus Loves Beth Cooper, Too: Fox Atomic and Chris Columbus's 1492 Pictures acquires comic novel I Love You, Beth Cooper, by former Simpsons writer Larry Doyle. Novel, pubbed by Ecco this month, is about a teenage nerd who professes his love for the most popular girl in school during his graduation speech. Columbus may direct, ruin. [Variety]

Toback on Tyson: Maverick director James Toback has completed 30 hours of interviews with boxer Mike Tyson about his rise and spectacular fall. Toback's documentary will be finished in the fall. Look for a cameo from Drederick Tatum. [Variety]

Mamet's Kung Fu to Star Allen: Tim Allen is in a kung fu movie! It's written by David Mamet! It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor! With Emily Mortimer! And don't forget Mamet regulars Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, and Rebecca Pidgeon! This is definitely the weirdest project we've heard of all day. [Variety]