There’s a bit here
from January about the rerelease of How Obelix Fell into the Magic Potion When He was a Little Boy
, which does suggest that there may be a new album for the 50th anniversary later this year, with a release date of 22/10/09.
It’s not the best thought out article, I’ll grant you, as it calls HOFITMPWHWALB
“new”, while also remarking that it came out in English in 1989, and even before it was a book in French it was a text story in Pilote
magazine in 1965. So make of it what you will, regarding a further album.
It is entirely possible that the intention is to close the series on the 50th anniversary, rather than extend its run, as the article implies when it mentions the deal with the publisher from 2008. Uderzo is now 80, and apparently is having some problems with his hands; he has asked, as did Hergé, that no one continues Asterix after his death, a move apparently endorsed by his daughter. If he can complete this celebration, it could be a fitting end to the canon. However, there seems to be some confusion in what I have read if there is just one, or perhaps two books in the pipeline…