Classic Asterix Comic Book Is Being Made Into An Animated Netflix Show

The 3D animated series is based on Asterix and the Big Fight and will release in 2022.

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The classic French comic book The Adventures of Asterix is being turned into an animated Netflix series. The show will be released worldwide in 2022.

The 3D animated Asterix show will be produced in France. The showrunner will be Alain Chabat, who wrote and directed 2002's live-action movie Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, which stands as the third highest-grossing feature film in French history. The show will be co-produced with publishers Les Editions Albert René.

The series will be based on writer René Goscinny and artist Albert Uderzo's classic book Asterix and the Big Fight, in which the Romans organize a brawl between Gaulish chiefs, and attempt to fix the results with a magic potion. The 1971 book was previously adapted as an animated film in 1989.

In a statement, Netflix's director of original animation Dominique Bazay said, "I have been talking with Celeste Surugue at Albert Rene for years about how to bring Asterix to Netflix. We built a great relationship of trust and mutual respect around our love for these characters.

"I'm French Canadian, and like most Francophones around the world, I grew up with Asterix, his sidekick Obelix, and loyal companion Dogmatix. I watched the animated specials and read the books religiously. If you'd told the 8-year-old me that one day I'd help bring these characters to life... I wouldn't have believed you!”

The first Asterix book, Asterix the Gaul, was published in 1961. There were 23 books published prior to Goscinny's death in 1977, and the series has continued with different writers and artists over the years since. There have been numerous live-action and animated films, the most recent being 2018's Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion.

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