Just a weekbefore its release in France, Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatrahas hit a speed bump in the form of rapper Joey Starr. According to Varietythere is a legal flap over the use of Starr's hit single "Gazelle".
Filmmaker Gillesde Maistre claims he purchased the rights to use the song in his low-budget filmFerocious. The filmmaker is seeking damages of $134,000. DeMaistre claims that he had a contract to use the music in his movie but therecord producer turned the rights over to the bigger-budgeted Asterixwhen those filmmakers showed an interest in it.
Ferociouswas completed in 2000 and will finally see release in France on April 17. TheParis High Court will hear the case later this week, according to Variety.
Asterixand Obelix: Mission Cleopatra is the sequel to Asterix and ObelixVs. Caesar, one of the most expensive and successful French movies evermade. The movie will open on 900 screens in France next week.
Last summerMiramax announced it would be releasing both pictures in the United States.While note dates were set, the studio did say that they will likely release Cleopatrafirst, in order to capitalize on the popularity of that film's director AlainChabat.