After a trilogy of successful movies, producer Luc Besson is taking his Taken franchise to the small screen with a new prequel TV series from NBC. Deadline reports that NBC has issued a straight-to-series order, with EuropaCorp's Luc Besson producing and conducting the search for a writer/showrunner to shepherd the series. The show will be set several years before the movie franchise, centering on a young Bryan Mills.
In the original Taken, Liam Neeson starred as Bryan Mills, a retired CIA agent who springs into action when his daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped during a trip to Paris. After contacting one of the thugs who took his daughter, Mills delivered an iconic speech to one of his daughter's kidnappers, revealing the "very particular set of skills" he acquired over a long career, which makes him "a nightmare for people like you." We see these skills in action throughout the rest of the movie, and its subsequent sequels, but this TV series will show how a younger Mills acquired these skills.Read More
During the company's presentation at CineEurope 2015 earlier today, filmmaker Luc Besson' EuropaCorp announced they are moving forward with sequels to last year's Lucy and 2011's Colombiana. Luc Besson wrote and directed Lucy himself, while co-writing the script for Colombiana with Robert Mark Kamen, which was directed by Olivier Megaton. It isn't clear if Luc Besson plans on writing or directing any of these projects himself, or if he is seeking new filmmakers. If both of these sequels move forward, we can surely expect to see Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Saldana reprising their roles as Lucy and Cataleya, but we'll have to wait and see.
Colombiana, on the other hand, wasn't nearly as big of a hit, taking in just $60 million from a $40 million budget. The story centered on Zoe Saldana's Cataleya, who goes on a 15-year journey to get revenge for the murder of her parents. Michael Vartan, Cliff Curtis, Callum Blue and Jordi Mollà also co-starred alongside Zoe Saldana, who is currently shooting Star Trek 3 at the moment. Scarlett Johansson is currently shooting Captain America: Civil War in Atlanta. Do you think Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 should move forward?Read More
The Manzonis, a notorious mafia family, get relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the "family" way. Its The Family, starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and Tommy Lee Jones. Check out over 25 new photos from this Luc Besson directed crime comedy, only in theaters September 13.
The Family was released September 13th, 2013.Read More
http://movieweb.com/person/luc-besson/ Relativity Media has inked a deal with Luc Besson's EuropaCorp to finance and produce mob story Malavita and action tale Three Days to Kill.
Malavita follows the Manzonis, a mafia family that gets relocated to Normandy, France under a witness protection program. The film is an adaptation of a Tonino Benacquista book titled Badfellas. Robert De Niro will be starring the film. Pre-production for the film begins in July.Read More
Director Luc Besson takes a wildly divergent turn from his usual action fare to direct The Lady, an extraordinary story that follows the life of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) and her husband, Michael Aris. Filmed in secret, this is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. We have the third trailer from this emotional and powerful drama. Check it out below.
The Lady was released April 11th, 2012.Read More
Guy Pearce is Snow, the badass guy in Stephen St. Leger's sci-fi action genre mash-up MS One: Maximum Security, a movie about a wrongly accused prisoner who must infiltrate a space jail to free the warden's daughter. We have a new featurette from MS One: Maximum Security, produced by the great Luc Besson, which shines a spotlight on Snow. Check it out below. This is one movie you're not going to want to miss this April.
Lockout was released April 13th, 2012.Read More
Universal Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to the Untitled Angelina Jolie-Luc Besson Drama, which will be the next project for both of them.
No story details have been revealed at this time. The movie is said to be a dramatic action thriller. It is being compared to Luc Besson's earliest work, such as The Professional and The Fifth Element. Universal is calling it a return to form for the director.Read More
Angelina Jolie is in talks to headline Luc Besson's next project, an untitled thriller in line with the director's earliest work.
Both Luc Besson and Angelina Jolie finished working on films that could go head-to-head in the Oscar race this next year. Angelina Jolie made her directorial debut with In the Land of Blood and Honey, while Luc Besson is garnering rave reviews for his Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady. This untitled thriller would be the next project for both of them.Read More