The story follows a notorious organized crime family that needs to be relocated to France under a witness protection program. They find themselves giving in to old habits and falling back into the "family" way. Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play husband and wife in the drama. The actor will play a FBI agent, who looks after the family and helps them blend into their new environment.
Luc Besson adapted the screenplay from a book by author Tonino Benacquista titled Badfellas.
Production begins in July with the studio shooting for a 2013 release.