Tintin Gets Green Card? (Mania.com)

By:Dave Richards
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Tintinis a huge comic book character in most parts of the world except the UnitedStates. Nick Rodwell, who manages the estate of Herge, creator of Tintin,hopes that one of America's best filmmakers can introduce the Americanpeople to the intrepid reporter.

Reuterstalked to Rodwell about the development of an American Tintin filmand Steven Spielberg's possible involvement in the project. Rodwell toldReuters it would be a "dream come true" to have Spielberg direct a Tintinmovie but it's too early to tell whether he would do it. A spokespersonfor Dreamworks in LA said Spielberg is interested in producing the filmwith partner Kathleen Kennedy under his Amblin Entertainment for Dreamworks.

Rodwell is hoping for a filmthat is faithful to the comic books but he also puts his trust in Spielberg.He said, "The whole idea is a partnership. We are not going to tell themhow to produce a film, but we have experience (of Tintin) on our side."

Rodwell understands the challengeof doing an American film about a character that is famous everywhere butAmerica. He said, "We are going to have the challenge of making a filmthat keeps the Tintin fans happy as well as people who still have to discoverhim,"

In a relatedstory, Spielberg recentlyspoke with Cinescape about the film. He said, "Tintin? Yeah, it's happening. Withthe estate of Hergeť, Fanny, his widow, and her husband Nick, we'veacquired the rights to make as many books as we want to make into movies.And I've always loved Tintin. I think some of Indiana Jones was inspiredby the books." 

Spielberg confirmed that he will not direct the project.he said, "It's not for me to direct. I'm going to produce it at DreamWorkswith Universal as my partner."

Series: Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn