In January, Variety reported that a new installment in the beloved French franchise titled Asterix & Obelix: The Silk Road would be getting a hefty budget of $72 million, a lot for a French comic book movie.
They also included a synopsis for the film which will see Guillaume Canet (The Beach) direct and star in the film as the titular Asterix.
Set in China, during the year 50 B.C., “Asterix & Obelix: The Silk Road” is based on an original story inspired by the franchise’s characters, and written by Philippe Mechelen, Julien Hervé and Canet, who will also star in the film alongside another well-known French actor, Gilles Lellouche.
The movie will revolve around the only daughter of the Chinese Emperor Han Xuandi, who escapes from the grips of a rogue prince and runs off to Gaul, seeking help from two valiant warriors, Asterix and Obelix, who have gained superpowers thanks to a magic potion.
The comic book franchise is known for its love of parody and cheeky humor.
HN Entertainment has been able to confirm that French production designer Aline Bonetto is working the comic book film, who is likely best known for her work on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and the upcoming release of Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot as the DC Comics heroine.
Aline had also previously worked on Asterix At The Olympic Games.
According to producers filming is set to begin on June 15th with production expected to take place in China by the end of September.
This comes after reports in the French media that the film would be cancelled/delayed due to Coronavirus fears.
The film currently doesn’t have a North American release date.
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released on June 5th and Patty Jenkins stated last year to Deadline that they’ve mapped out plans for a third film, despite wanting to take a break before doing it.
JENKINS: “We already have it all mapped out — it’s just a matter of will we change our minds and when.”
“I think what we don’t want to do is do it back to back. It’s been great doing these two movies back to back, but I think it’s important to give it a little rest in between — and I like doing other things in between. And Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes.”