Inadvance of its world premiere at the AFM on Friday, M6's Euros22m animatedfeature Asterix And The Vikingshas been selling widely.
Thecartoon about the doughty, magic potion-swilling Gauls has gone to Germany(RTL). Eastern Europe (SPI), Spain and Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (ABSvensk), Greece (Rosebud), Turkey, Brazil, Switzerland and Indoneisa.
Adaptedfrom the 1967 Asterix adventure, Asterix And The Normans, this is the biggest budget Asterix animated featureand the first to use CGI. Directed by Stefan Fjeldmark (Help, I'm A Fish), it was produced by M6 Studio and 2d3D Animationsin France and by A-Film in Denmark.
Thepugnacious Gaul Asterix is voiced by Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, Sideways) while his portly friend Obelix is voiced by Brad Garrett. Evan RachelWood features as Abba.
M6has also been racking up sales on Animals In Love, its documentary about the art of courtship andseduction in the animal world. The project, currently in production, isdirected by Laurent Charbonnier and features music from composer Philip Glass.
AnimalsIn Love has been pre-sold to Italy,China (Tang Media), Japan (Presidio) Germany (Universum) and a host of smallerterritories.
Here in Santa Monica, M6 isalso showing buyers Hell. Readyfor delivery immediately, this is an adaptation of Lolita Pille's controversialFrench bestseller.
Directed by Bruno Chiche, itstars Cesar-winning Sara Forrestier as the 19-year-old Hell, a young woman froma rich Parisien family who lives a life of hedonism and self-abuse. When shebegins a relationship with an equally wealthy and jaded male counterpart, shebegins to re-assess her life.