Blueberry Leads New Wave of French Comics To Film (

By:Dave Richards
Date: Monday, November 11, 2002

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The film adaptation of Jean (Moebius) Giraud's Blueberry will bethe subject of an upcoming cover for the FrenchEdition of Premiere magazine. The movie, formerly known as Mike S.Blueberry has been retiled Muraya.

The magazine will feature an interview with director Jan Kounen. The directorwill talk about his experiences filming the movie in Mexico this summer. Thefilm stars Vincent Cassel asBlueberry, Juliette Lewis (Enough), Colm Meaney (Star Trek:The Next Generation), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) andEddie Izzard (Mystery Men).

Word is thatthe film was retiled due to the fact that it draws very little from the comicbook source material.

Murayaisn't the only French comic headed for the big screen. DarkHorizons reports that Brotherhood of the Wolfdirector Christopher Gans is developing the cave man comic Rahanas a feature film. Gans is currently filming an adaptation another comic: L'Aventurierwhich the director describes as "the French Indiana Jones."

Arena Films (Pathe) has plansfor film version of a comic called Grand Vampire. Iznogoud,a comic about a Machiavellian advisor to an Arabian Sultan is also beingadapted by Arena and will supposedly star Patrick Braoudé and JoseGarcia.

Theseprojects join previously announced films like the currently-in-production LaMarque Jaune and Michel Vaillant, as well asFantomas and The Woman Trap (La Femme Piege)and the big-budget Asterix franchise.

Series: Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Asterix and Obelix Vs. Caesar, Renegade, L'Aventurier, Woman Trap, The, La Marque Jaune, Fantomas, Michel Vaillant, Asterix 4, Rahan, Grand Vampire, Iznogoud