Spielberg admits “Tintin” inspired started on “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn, the 3D production, directed by Spielberg and co-produced by a team that includes both Spielberg and Peter Jackson, stars the voices of Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, and Jamie Bell in the main roles

In a statement, Spielberg said he was inspired to make the film after his work on the Raiders of the Lost Ark franchise.

“One of the reviewers [for Raiders of the Lost Ark] seemed to believe that my Indiana Jones character had been inspired by Herge,” Spielberg said, referring to the Belgian writer and illustrator who created Tintin in the late 1920s. “When I bought the books, I was completely taken by them and immediately thought Tintin’s adventures would make great films.”

Later to the LATIMES:

“They were basically saying that ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ owed a lot to Hergé’s ‘Tintin,’” Spielberg said. “I read the book, and I could see that there was a lot of similarities, a lot of links between both adventure stories, especially the globe-trotting aspect. I thought it was different enough that they could both coexist in the same world at the same time.”

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2011/09/20/steven-spielberg-on-the-indiana-jones-tintin-connection/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/adventures-tintin-rome-film-festival-243216

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