Wild Bunch takes latest ‘Asterix’

Pic to be helmed by Laurent Tirard

Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.”

It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad.

The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in Britain,” published in 1966, in which Asterix crosses the channel to help British second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.

Gerard Depardieu will reprise his role as Obelix. Fabrice Luchini (“Potiche”) will play Caesar. Remaining key cast has yet to be announced.

Rolling in April, “Asterix 4” reunites helmer Laurent Tirard and scribe Gregoire Vigneron, the creative team behind “Little Nicholas,” the highest-grossing local film in 2009.

It also renews the alliance between Wild Bunch and “Nicholas” producers Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc at Paris-based Fidelite Films. Wild Bunch co-produced “Nicholas” and distributed it in France as well as selling it overseas.

The last “Asterix” entry, 2008’s “Asterix at the Olympic Games,” grossed $60.8 million in France.

With “Asterix,” Wild Bunch will be selling two of the highest-profile French titles of 2011.

It has also acquired overseas rights to the mostly English-language actioner “The Burma Conspiracy,” written and directed by Jerome Salle with German-born Tomer Sisley reprising his role from Salle’s “Largo Winch” as the trouble-shooting heir to a billionaire mogul. Sharon Stone co-stars.

More Film

  • Screen Actors Guild Awards statue22nd Annual

    SAG Award Nominations: Complete List

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • Sag Awards Preview

    How to Watch the SAG Awards Nominations Live

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • Nate Parker Rape Accusation

    Sister of Nate Parker's Accuser: Why Art Shouldn't Be Separated From Artist (Guest Column)

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • Joely Fisher, Melissa Rosenberg, Gabrielle Carteros

    20 Hollywood Women Tell Their Tales of Sexual Harassment (EXCLUSIVE)

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • Hollywood Sexual Harassment Global Scandal

    #MeToo's Worldwide Moment: Global Industry Follows Hollywood's Lead in Combating Harassment

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • 'Marnie' film - Tippi Hedren with

    Tippi Hedren Recounts What Happened When She Turned Down Alfred Hitchcock's Advances

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

  • Dubai: Arab World Women Directors -

    Dubai: Arab World Women Directors - Hala Elkoussy

    Wild Bunch has taken theatrical and DVD rights to one of the biggest European films moving into production in 2011 — “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.” It’s the fourth installment in Gaul’s biggest French-language franchise of the last decade, both at home and abroad. The movie adapts Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s “Asterix in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content