A Minute With: Steven Spielberg on "Tintin" and "War Horse"

Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:49pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Steven Spielberg is among the most prolific film directors ever, and as if to prove it, he has two movies in theaters this holiday week during what is one of the biggest box office periods of the year.

"The Adventures of Tintin," a computer animated movie using motion capture technology, is based on the popular books by Belgian writer Herge about an adventurous boy journalist. Spielberg's "Tintin" follows the boy as he chases clues that lead to pirate treasure.

Spielberg's other film, "War Horse," is based on a book and play about the love between a boy and his horse that endures the ravages of World War One. It is the sort of drama that aspires to win Oscars.

Spielberg spoke to Reuters about both films. "Tintin" opens on Friday, December 23, and "War Horse" gallops into theaters on Christmas Day.

Q: You've said about "Tintin" that as soon as you read the first of the books, the idea of a movie never left you. Why?

A: "It was just that I had never seen before a character that had so much tenacity to achieve a goal. I think Tintin and I share one thing, we're both very goal-directed, and I really admired this character.

"Tintin has never ever departed from his goal of being a great journalist and getting to the bottom of a story. Of course, the expected consequence of being so tenacious is that he involves himself in the story, and I do the same thing. I'm a director. I'm always looking for a great story. And when I find one, I involve myself equally in that story."

Q: "You acquired the rights back in 1983. What took so long to get it to the screen? Was it that you wanted to animate it, but the technology didn't exist.   Continued...

<p>Director Steven Spielberg arrives for the premiere of the movie "The Adventures of Tintin" in New York December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri</p>