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.