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French Actor Alexandre Astier to Write and Co-Direct Animated Asterix Sequel in 3D; 2014 Release Planned

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,
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France's CALT steers buyers to 'Kaamelott'

France's CALT steers buyers to 'Kaamelott'
CANNES -- French producer CALT, which has made a specialty of short-format comedy shows, is touting its latest hit Kaamelott at MIPTV, with ambitious plans for 700 television episodes, two specials and a trilogy of theatrical movies for the property. Headed by Jean-Yves Robin, CALT hit big with Camera Cafe, another short-format show that captured the conversations and confidences of a bunch of office workers filmed from the point of view of a coffee machine. The show ran to 700 episodes on Gallic commercial channel M6, sold to 25 countries, shifted 2 million videos and was recently spun off into a movie, Espace detente, which garnered nearly 2 million admissions in France this year.

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