Now I don’t know how many of you read Lucky Luke as a kid as there weren’t too many volumes released in English (maybe 10?) but those of you raised on Asterix and TinTin may have heard of him. He’s a wandering cowboy hero in the old west, rides his (sometimes) talking horse Jolly Jumper and rights wrongs in a very Steve McQueen kind of cool. The comic itself was created by Rene Gossiny (of Asterix fame) and Morris and has various incarnations over the years that include animated movies and another live action version featuring Terence Hill in the seventies. His version was very low budget and Hill himself didn’t exactly personify Luke in any kind of way.
Now is the first time the popular French icon will be done right. The trailer below shows the new movie by James Huth who is both writing and directing the picture. The movie is rich and boasts “Quick and the Dead” look to it and the budget estimated at 40 million dollars can be seen on screen during this trailer. The lead looks as close to the cartoon character as anyone could ever get and the action look great!
Anyone looking for more info on Lucky Luke can go Here!
Cinebook has been publishing new translated editions of Lucky Luke for English the English reading public and with a schedule that ends in 2010, they’ll have published 24 books, all currently in print; a first for Lucky Luke!
These books are all available online at Amazon. Definitely worth checking out.