Following on the heels of the Petit Spirou film and the Spirou & Fantasio film, it’s recently been reported that a film version of Franquin’s Gaston Lagaffe is also moving forward. Actors have been cast, and filming is scheduled to start as soon as March, for a release in April 2018 (beating Spirou & Fantasio – which has a 20 June release – to theaters). The Gaston comic takes place in the Spirou universe, of course – more specifically at the (fictionalized) offices of the Journal de Spirou. However, it is not clear whether this will be the case in the movie, and whether there will be any kind of “shared universe” connection between the two films.
The Spirou & Fantasio movie (with working title Les Aventures de Spirou et Fantasio, same as the comic) started shooting 16. January, and so there’s now quite a lot more information about it available…
The film distributor TF1 International’s website offers a few more details about the upcoming Petit Spirou movie. It has the production details already reported, as well as what appears to be a still from the movie itself, and a short description of the story (very mild SPOILERS):
Update: Also, there’s an interview with the director, Nicolas Bary, and some posters showing the other actors in character…
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.
It’s been announced that the upcoming Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) movie, directed by Nicolas Bary, will start filming this summer sometime between May and July, for release in spring 2017. While Spirou Reporter hasn’t followed news of the development closely, it has apparently been moving along steadily since the initial report, with a number of updates on various Facebook pages over the last year.
News broke yesterday that a live-action movie adaptation of Le Petit Spirou (“Little Spirou”) is under development, for release in 2015.
The film rights to The Adventures of Spirou and Fantasio have been secured, and a script is currently being written, according to a story reported by several French-language news sites this week, picking up on tweets by producer Marc Missonnier at production company Fidélité Films. Fidélité’s previous movies include the live-action adaptations Little Nicholas, based on a series of children’s books by Goscinny and Sempé, and Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, as well as the rather more celebrated films by François Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool).
The script is being entrusted to writers Mathieu Oullion (Radiostars, La grande boucle) and Cécile Sellam (De l’huile sur le feu, Denis). The one thing we know about it is that the film will not feature the Marsupilami, since those film rights were sold separately a few years ago to the production company of director Alain Chabat for the film HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami.