Mac Guff, the Paris-based animation company behind Despicable Me
, will take on the Gauls in a new 3D adventure fronted by Alexandre Astier
. The French actor, writer and director revealed to the French site NoWatch.tv that he will pen and co-direct Astérix: Le Domaine Des Dieux, based on the comic Asterix The Mansions of the Gods. Set for release in 2014, the 3D animated feature will be produced by M6 Studios, part of the M6 Group, and distributed through Snd in France.
This will be the fourth major Asterix feature since 1999’s Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar. It was followed by Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra
in 2002 and Asterix at the Olympic Games in 2008, in which Astier starred alongside Gérard Depardieu
. Find out more about Asterix and watch Astier’s interview (in French) after the jump.
Comics are a huge part of French culture and Asterix is probably one of the most famous series,