The shooting of the Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) film directed by Nicolas Bary began 1. August and wrapped nine weeks later, on or around 5. October, reports RTL and the director. The movie is scheduled for release in one year: 18. October 2017.
There were a few updates on the publications front last month as well. Stories by Frank and by Al, Munuera clarifies a question of genealogy, some fancy Fournier books, and good news + rumors from Norway…
Munuera, Bravo, Yoann and Kolk (Update: and Severin!)… That should be enough of a teaser for this update!
Today is the fiftieth birthday of Spirou artist Fabrice Parme.
The serialization of La Lumière de Bornéo (“The Light from Borneo”) continues apace, and Dupuis have now added the album, set to be released on 7. October, to their website. There are two versions: the regular album edition, now with a new cover, and a special deluxe edition for collectors. Interestingly, the length of the two books are given as 92 and 168 pages, while the story is supposed to be “only” 82 pages long, so even the regular edition may include some extras.
Here are the two covers in full resolution, as well as the earlier working version of the cover and a set of photos of Frank Pé painting in a Paris café, before an audience of French and Belgian book sellers (posted to Facebook by Dupuis a while ago):
The third annual Spirou Festival will take place a month from now, 2.–4. September, as seen in the announcement above, posted on Facebook and in the Journal.
As before, the Spirou Festival is simply the Dupuis section of the Brussels Comic Strip Festival, and doesn’t focus specifically on Spirou & Fantasio. Dupuis hasn’t provided the detailed program yet (and in fact, even the poster is almost exactly the same as for the 2014 festival), but the Brussels Comic Strip Festival site provides this description:
A couple of updates on the one-shots by Bravo and Durieux, and Spirou Reporter looks further afield to publications in other languages.
With several long-awaited one-shots finally coming out this year, Dupuis is lining up others to take their place in the queue. A post on the BD Gest’ Forums points to announcements by two new creators: Jean Dufaux and Christian Durieux (who had previously been rumored to be working on one). Dufaux is a writer and Durieux primarily an illustrator, but the two projects appear to be separate.
It’s been almost three years since we heard about the pre-production for a live-action Spirou & Fantasio movie. But a few days ago, while promoting his directorial solo-debut Hibou, the French actor Ramzy Bédia happened to mention that he’ll be playing the villain in the film. (Spirou & Fantasio is one of four movie roles he has coming up, so shooting might very well still be a ways away.)
The 44-year-old Bédia is a comedian, part of the duo Éric et Ramzy with frequent collaborator Éric Judor. And he has prior experience with comic book movies: The two previously played Averell and Joe Dalton (respectively) in the 2004 film Les Dalton (“The Daltons”), based on the Lucky Luke comics.
There’s no word on who exactly he will play. Some people are guessing Zantafio, but there are many other possibilities.