Wet prints

AFM offerings showing footage or completed prints to buyers for the first time

Asterix and the Vikings

Asterix and the VikingsTouted as the biggest animation project to emerge from France, this $26 million-budgeted project has voiceover talent that includes Paul Giamatti (Asterix), Sean Astin (Justforkix), Evan Rachel Wood (Abba) and Brad Garrett (Obelix). The Gallic toon is slated for theatrical release in France around the Easter school holidays via M6 Group’s distrib arm SND. Entire pic unspools at AFM on Nov. 4. (Sales: M6 DA. Booth 741)


FlyboysTony Bill-helmed $60 million action-drama about American fighter pilots who joined the French military before the U.S. entered WWI is one of the highest-budgeted indie films in play at the market. Produced by longtime Roland Emmerich collaborator Dean Devlin, pic stars James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jennifer Decker and Jean Reno. About 20 minutes of the pic, which wrapped on June 26, screens for buyers at AFM. (Sales: Lions Gate Intl. Booth 544)

In the Name of the King (A Dungeon Siege Tale)

FlyboysA fantasy-actioner with “Lord of the Rings”-esque ambitions. Adapted from the Dungeon Siege videogame franchise, the pic chronicles the good vs. evil fight between people of a medieval kingdom and a race of animal-warriors. Pic stars Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Lee Lee Sobieski, Burt Reynolds and Claire Forlani. The $60 million-budgeted epic, which wrapped this month in Canada, will be split into two pictures. Helmer/producer Uwe Boll says the films will be released within four weeks of each other in late 2006 via Romar and Boll’s Event Film Distribution. About 20 minutes will be unveiled at AFM. (Sales: Fantastic Films. Booths 621 & 623)

Like Minds

FlyboysToni Collette toplines in an Oz-set thriller about a forensic psychologist who is brought in to investigate a murder involving wealthy teens. Pic, helmed by Gregory J. Read, also stars Richard Roxburgh, Tom Sturridge and Eddie Redmayne. Completed print screens Nov. 2 and Nov. 8. (Sales: Becker Films Intl. Booth 633)

Ask the Dust

FlyboysSalma Hayek and Colin Farrell topline in Robert Towne’s long-awaited adaptation of John Fante’s Depression-era novel concerning a Mexican beauty and an Italian immigrant. Pic screens privately for distribs who have bought the film. (Sales: Capitol Films. Booth 645)

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