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…
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.
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.