“Asterix” was created by author René Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo in 1959. The first cartoon film, “Asterix the Gaul”, came in 1967. After a total of eight animated cartoons, four live-action adaptations and one animated film, “Asterix: The Mystery of the Magic Potion” is now the 14th film about the popular Gaul. The author and director Alexandre Astier even received permission to tell an original story: “My first film ‘Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods’ was a very classic adaptation of one of Uderzo’s originals”, he says. “I was wondering what the next level could look like, what it would be like to be able to tell a story I came up with myself. I was sure I wouldn’t be allowed to, and I said: ‘It’s never gonna happen anyway”. And that’s not how it turned out at all... That’s the way things are sometimes”. The “Asterix: The Mystery of the Magic Potion” story has a special tension, because it deals with issues that originate in the familiar world of this comic series, but which haven’t ever really been discussed. “We all know the premise: the Romans attack, the village defends itself, the magic potion is saves everyone”, says Astier. “The question of what would happen if Miraculix could no longer produce the potion has never been asked. But that was our idea. It was clear to me that it would not be enough just to present this idea. I had to show that we didn’t want to harm the ‘Asterix’ brand, that it could be a beautiful ‘Asterix’ adventure, that it wouldn’t trample on the traditions that have been cultivated over a long time. We made a convincing case. The only discussions were when we had to calm down overenthusiastic people”.
Article 13. March 2019
Get Ready for the 14th Asterix & Obelix Film
Asterix and Obelix are set to return to cinemas with “Asterix: The Mystery of the Magic Potion”, with plenty of prominent roles for women and the unmistakable humour that reliably conquers the hearts of their fans both big and small.