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Fidelite puts faith in ‘Asterix’ franchise

Production company takes 'Britain' rights

PARIS — Fidelite Films’ Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc will produce “Asterix chez les Bretons” (Asterix in Britain), the fourth installment in Gaul’s blockbuster live-action movie franchise.

Fidelite has tapped the creative team behind Gallic smash hit “Little Nicholas” to drive the behemoth forward. “Nicholas” helmer Laurent Tirard is attached to direct; screenplay is by “Nicholas” writers Tirard and Gregoire Vigneron.

Luc Besson and Thomas Langmann had also been in talks to pick up the adaptation rights from publishing house Editions Albert-Rene.

Langmann produced and directed the last installment, “Asterix at the Olympic Games,” which cost E78 million ($108 million) and grossed less than $60 million at the Gallic box office in 2008.

Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra,” helmed by thesp-turned-director Alain Chabat, was the most successful installment of the franchise. Produced by Claude Berri — Langmann’s father — the film grossed $120 million when it came out in 2002.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether Gerard Depardieu, who played Obelix in the first three pics, or Clovis Cornillac, who played Asterix in 2008, will reprise their roles.

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