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TMG nabs ‘Asterix’ in Germany

'God Save Britannia' to be released fall 2012

BERLIN — Herbert Kloiber’s Tele Muenchen Group has picked up German rights to the upcoming “Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia.”

Laurent Tirard’s 3D entry into the hugely successful French franchise, based on the Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo comic “Asterix in Britain,” is set to start shooting this spring.

TMG will release the pic via its theatrical division Concorde Film.

Pic follows Julius Caesar’s conquest of Britain, where the only village still holding out against the Roman invaders receives much needed assistance from the potion-fuelled Gallic freedom fighters Asterix and Obelix.

Edouard Baer (“A Girl Cut in Two”) and Gerard Depardieu topline a cast that includes Catherine Deneuve as the British queen and Fabrice Luchini as Caesar.

Germany’s Constantin Film released the last instalment in the long-running franchise, 2008’s “Asterix at the Olympic Games,” which garnered Euros8.4 million ($10.9 million) at the Teutonic box office.

“Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia” is slated to hit theaters in the fall of 2012.

Wild Bunch holds international sales rights to the pic.

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