Tintin In Hollywood

How Steven Spielberg brought the classic comic-book character to 3-D life

Paramount

Tintin in a scene from The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

DEC. 21

In the beginning was the word, and the word was Tintin. Steven Spielberg didn't know what it meant. "Raiders of the Lost Ark had just opened overseas," he says, "and all through the French reviews, which I couldn't read, there was a smattering of Tintin everywhere."

Tintin is, of course, the first and only name of the indefatigable, incurably innocent boy reporter who has sold upwards of 200 million books worldwide since he first appeared in a comic strip in 1929--though he has somehow managed to do it without making himself a household name in the U.S. Once all...

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