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Asterix is “not in danger” say producers at Fidélité Films

Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia producers Marc Missionnier and Olivier Delbosc of Paris-based Fidélité Films say film will be delivered on schedule.

The producers of Laurent Tirard’s Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia, which was in post-production at subsidiaries of Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Industries when the group went into liquidation last Friday, have issued a statement saying the film is not in danger.

“The situation of the Quinta group is dramatic, but Asterixis not in danger,” Fidélité Films co-head Marc Missionnier explained in a written note.

Earlier this week French technical industries body FICAM put out a statement citing Asterix as one 36 films in jeopardy following Quinta’s demise. The body fears that if Quinta servers are seized by creditors, digital elements of films in post-production at its subsidiaries could be lost.

Asterix, which is being made in 3D, was in post-production at Quinta’s digital production specialist Duboi and special effects house Studio Duran Duboi.

“We have a copy (digital, on hard discs) of all the dailies of the film. They are being saved and copied at this very moment in another lab (Digimage), run by people we’ve known for years,” wrote Asterix producer Missionnier.  “We made a deal with this lab to take over all the operations regarding colour-grading, prints etc for the exact same price as the previous lab.”

He added that Fidélité was on the verge of signing a deal with two digital effects company to takeover all the effects of the film.

“There will be a split between two companies. This will be decided before the end of the week. There is an overcost for that, but we can manage,” Missionnier explained. “We have backup plans for all the other aspects of the postproduction (recording, mixing, etc).

“The delivery schedule will not be affected (maybe three weeks delay for the completion of the film: end of June instead of beginning of June) and the release date stays the same,” he added.

The film, starring Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Deneuve and Jean Rochefort, is due to be released in France in October 2012. Wild Bunch is handling international sales.

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