While we are still impatiently awaiting the release of Kaamelott: First Stream, postponed to an unknown date due to the health context and the closure of cinemas, we provide an update on the next projects of Alexandre Astier, based on the many interviews that the director, screenwriter, producer, comedian and musician has given in recent years.
Alexandre Astier is far from having finished with Kaamelott. Announced in 2012, Kaamelott Resistance is a pivotal period in the universe of Kaamelott, since it corresponds to the ten years which separate Arthur’s suicide attempt and his flight to Rome, from the start of the upcoming trilogy, and which will begin with Kaamelott: First Stream. First announced as a news series, Kaamelott Resistance could take another form, however.
On the occasion of an interview with the videographer Captain Popcorn, published on YouTube in June 2020 as part of the promotion of the comic strip Kaamelott: The Magic Reinforcements, Alexandre Astier confided:
I have a period Kaamelott to tell again, who is called Kaamelott Resistance, and who are the ten years that separate the end of season 6, and in particular its last episode Day of wrath, with the film that will be released. I always wanted to tell about this period, because it is very special in the world of Kaamelott. Firstly because Arthur is not there, so it unbalances the forces a bit; that we are under a tyrannical system of occupation by Lancelot; and that there are among the population, and among the people we know, those who have chosen the side of the Collaboration and those of the Resistance. […]
In the ways of developing it, I had thought of the animation. Not as a feature film, rather in series. I want that to change from the series. I want this to be a separate format. I had thought of a series of short stories, or of something graphic which contrasts completely with the Franco-Belgian of the series that you read, a manga, I don’t know. The animated series, although it cuts completely, it still offers the voices of the actors. I can’t imagine hiring other people, so we find them halfway, a little bit but not quite. I am not sure. I wonder if this is what we should do, or if we should offer something calmer, like reading, more at the pace of people … If they want to put a book in their bag … A very chapter-based thing. I still ask myself the question. […] I’ll take care of it, that’s for sure.
This is news that should delight fans of Kaamelott, who feared that the project Kaamelott Resistance has fallen into the water.
Announced in 2008, Vinzia is a project dear to the heart of Alexandre Astier. Developed in partnership with Canal +, the project is, in the words of Alexandre Astier granted to our colleagues from First in 2015 “a series on the Lyon Mafia“. Alexandre Astier also confided that series “will talk about the Italian community of Lyon, in the vicinity of Gerland“, where he grew up.
We obviously understand why the project Vinzia is dear to the director of Kaamelott. Originally from Lyon, which he has never left, Alexandre Astier is of Italian origin through his mother, Joëlle Sevilla, who plays the role of Dame Seli in Kaamelott. Note also thatAlexandre Astier has never hidden his admiration for great mafia films, including Heat, the masterpiece of Michael Mann, with Robert De Niro (The Freedmen, Casino) and Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface). Astier had also paid a vibrant tribute to the dialogue between De Niro and Al Pacino, during the secret meeting between Arthur and Lancelot, by taking again word for word certain dialogues of the film. It is also recalled that Astier has already confided that his favorite series is the masterpiece of HBO, The Sopranos.
The Gevaudan’s beast
Among Alexandre Astier’s most ambitious projects, there are a film centered on the Beast of Gévaudan. In 2015, still at First, the screenwriter had confided in the progress of the project:
The story of the beast of Gévaudan is an incredible French news item. It belongs to everyone, but I would like to treat it in a very personal way. I am quite advanced in this project, I studied at Versailles, worked on questions of zoology… Since I was little, I have been fascinated by the mythology of the wolf.
In 2018, Alexandre Astier had once again mentioned his film project around the Beast of Gévaudan, in an interview with OCS Max.
The fabric, if there is one, is to understand, understand, understand, understand, and write late, late, late, almost the day before you have to show it. Because the longer we wait, the more light it will actually be. I was rocked by the Beast of Gévaudan. I have half of my family who come from Gévaudan, I have a shepherdess great-grandmother who was afraid of wolves. It’s something that is mysterious. The Beast of Gévaudan, the nature of the Beast of Gévaudan, remains a mystery today. There are theories, stuff, stuff. Research on the Beast of Gévaudan is writing for me. But I didn’t write anything. And I won’t write anything until the end.
A show about Death
It would be wrong to summarize Alexandre Astier in his sole career as a filmmaker. Hyperactive, Astier is also an excellent humorist. After performing Jean-Sébastien Bach in the magnificent That remains my joy ! and definitely settled the issue of extra-terrestrial life in the exciting Exoconference, Alexandre Astier has for the moment no immediate show project.
However, in a Q&A on Critical sense, Alexandre Astier confided that if he had to write a show, his subject would most certainly be Death. An eminently complex subject. Especially sinceit is very difficult to make people laugh with a subject as serious and anxiety-provoking as Death. However, this subject haunts the work of Alexandre Astier. We obviously remember the episode on L’Ankou in Kaamelott. Death is also very present in That remains my joy !, Bach being a bereaved father terrified of the health of his children.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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