Spielberg hopes movie will bring Tintin to US bookshelves

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Unveiling his latest movie, a revival of French-speaking comic book hero Tintin, Steven Spielberg said he hoped it would finally bring the intrepid boy reporter to US bookshelves.

"I discovered Tintin in my thirties," Spielberg said at a news conference held as the Hollywood blockbuster-to-be premiered in the character's home capital, Brussels.

"Unfortunately, these books never came to America. We didn't have access to these books. I became an instant fan," said the director of "ET" and "Indiana Jones".

"Hopefully, if the movie is popular in America, the books will be perhaps published. It will be a great thing," he said.

As crowds swamped a central city square decked out to honour Belgium's most celebrated son, Spielberg said: "It is a great honour for us to bring Tintin home. It was important for me. Brussels is his birthplace. Tintin is coming back."

"The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn", is loosely based on several of the 24 Tintin comic albums penned by master cartoonist Herge, real name Georges Remi, and is released from next week on with the US outing scheduled in the lucrative pre-Christmas season.

© 2011 AFP

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