Producers of much-anticipated movie The Da Vinci Code are considering staging the film's European premiere at the Louvre art gallery in Paris, France, where the story begins.

Film executives are impressed with record-breaking figures from last year (05), which show more people than ever before visited the famous gallery, which houses the Mona Lisa among other great works.

And they believe many tourists were inspired to make the trip by the book the film is based on, written by Dan Brown.

Director Ron Howard was given special permission to shoot the movie in the Louvre, where the gruesome beginning of the book takes place.

More than seven million people visited the gallery last year - a new record attendance.