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If you're a fan of the movies based on the French comic book Gaul warrior called Asterix then you may be interested to know that a fourth film in the series is in the works, according to today's Variety.
Fidelite Films' Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc are set to produce 'Asterix chez les Bretons' (translated: 'Asterix in Britain'). The live-action franchise yielded two hits, 'Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar' and 'Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra' , while the third installment, 'Asterix at the Olympic Games' was a box office disappointment.
None of the films have ever been officially released in the U.S., although Miramax obtained the distribution rights to them years ago.
Actor Christian Clavier played Asterix in the first two films while Clovis Cornillac replaced him for the third. Gérard Depardieu starred as the sidekick Obelix in all three. At this point the cast for the new film is not set.
'Asterix in Britain' will be based on the comic series of the same name. It was previously adapted as an animated movie in the 1980s.
Missonnier and Delbosc are coming off of their recent hit 'Little Nicholas' based on the kids book series.
A blurb in Variety concerning the next wave of 3D movies reveals that Paramount are keen to have Michael Bay's 'Transformers 3' film in 3D. The director and studio have been talking with Industrial Light & Magic about how to best make that happen. The big concern is the timetable as 'T3' is set to roll cameras this summer and be in theaters July of next year, which could prove problematic for the 3D process.
One of the more intriguing comic-based movies on the horizon is Luc Besson's period genre pic 'Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec'. The film seems to be a direct adaptation of the 1976 graphic novel "Adèle and the Beast", which finds the heroine investigating a pterodactyl that is menacing Paris.
Allocine.fr have revealed a new poster for the French-language film featuring star Louise Bourgoin face-to-face with said pterodactyl. Click the thumbnail for a closer look.
TrekMovie.com reports on an appearance by actor Patrick Stewart at the recent OzTrek2 convention in Australia.
The actor answered questions about a number of projects he's rumored to be involved in, including the 'X-Men: First Class' film, which would focus on the early days of Charles Xavier's school for mutants.
Stewart told fans that playing Professor X in the previous four 'X-Men' movies was "one of the best and most fun experiences" he has ever had, and that it was "the best job in the world."
Stewart also said that he doesn't expect to be involved with the 'First Class' movie and that they'll likely cast a younger actor in the role of Xavier. However, if the opportunity came up he'd love to get some screen time with Sir Ian McKellan again.
In the wake of yesterdays 'Young Justice League' story, actress Stephanie Lemelin as expunged any mention of the purported animated series from her blog. Not surprisingly, someone at DC Entertainment was probably miffed that the project leaked and had a chat with the actress. Of course, there's no unringing the bell on the internet, as her comments and the attendant artwork has been recorded and duplicated many times over.
At any rate, the Bleeding Cool has laid hands on another image which may be from the mystery production. This one features a jazzed-up Aqualad and looks as if it was photographed off of a TV monitor. Their sources say that DC plans to do a full court publicity press on the show at Comic-Con this year.
A new clip from the 'Smallville' movie "Absolute Justice" has appeared online.
We have to issue a SPOILER WARNING on this one as it seems to reveal something major with regards to the Golden Age Sandman's role in the show. However, it does also seem to be a sanctioned CW web clip so perhaps it isn't such a devastating plot point after all. At any rate, here's that clip:
While DC Entertainment is pumping out about three quality DVD animated movies a year, Marvel Entertainment is moving at a slight slower pace. Never the less, they have 'Planet Hulk' in stores this week and the next effort will be 'Thor: Tales of Asgard' timed to coincide with the 'Thor' feature film.
The Comics Continuum sat down with Marvel Animation producer and writer Josh Fine to talk about the feature and what comes after.
Fine said fans can expect to see the movie in 2011. "['Tales of Asgard'] is loosely inspired by a comic book story called 'Son of Asgard' that explored thor as a younger teenager," Fine explains. That eight-issue series was written by Akira Yoshida and detailed young the adventures of young Thor, Loki, Sif and others, building up to the young God's attainment of the Mjilnor hammer.
Fine says Marvel is also considering what their next movies may be. Here is the complete video interview clip:
What do you think, Maniacs? Are you excited for TALES OF ASGARD? What other Marvel stories should they adapt for animation? Post your comments below...
Often times when we mention a show like 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' we get a strong negative reaction from some of you Maniacs out there. The notion of a Batman show for kids just doesn't sit well with fans who prefer 'The Dark Knight'. Well, for those of you who think Batman should be adults only, here's a trailer for a brand-new project: