Hot Trailer: Tommy Lee Jones’ Western ‘The Homesman’ And Its Haunting Score

By | Monday April 14, 2014 @ 5:45pm PDT

There have been whispers that Tommy Lee Jones‘ The Homesman is heading to Cannes. That’s not a bad projection to make, considering that his previous directorial oater The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada — which, like Homesmen was produced by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp — debuted on the Croisette … Read More »

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NBC Acquires ‘Taxi Brooklyn’; Action Series Based On Luc Besson’s Feature Franchise

By | Wednesday March 26, 2014 @ 8:04am PDT

TaxiBrooklynNBC has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to EuropaCorp Television‘s Taxi Brooklyn for a summer debut. The 12-episode action/comedy series is produced by showrunner Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas, The Fast And The Furious) and based on Luc Besson‘s Taxi feature franchise. It stars Grey’s Anatomy alumna Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido (Inglourious Basterds). Former Blue Bloods co-star Jennifer Esposito, Ally Walker (Profiler), James Colby (Person Of Interest), Bill Heck (Pan Am), Jose Zuniga (Body Of Proof) and Raul Casso (Blue Bloods) round out the cast. Formerly known as Taxi: Brooklyn South, Taxi Brooklyn was shot in English in the titular borough along with Manhattan and Queens. Leigh plays Detective Caitlyn “Cat” Sullivan, who is determined to find the truth about the death of her father, an NYPD detective who was killed in the line of duty. When her stubborn character and recklessness behind the wheel see her demoted to foot patrol, she teams with the highly skilled and charming Marseille-born cabbie Leo Romba. Realizing Leo lied on his immigration form, Cat offers him a deal: in exchange for his driving prowess and taxi, she will help Leo with his papers situation. He becomes her personal driver and police consultant as they race through the streets of New York City solving cases. Read More »

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Shout! Factory To Release EuropaCorp’s ‘Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ In North America (Video)

jack and the cuckoo clock heartLos Angeles-based multi-platform media company Shout! Factory has acquired all U.S. and Canada distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s CG-animated family adventure film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The movie, helmed by … Read More »

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EuropaCorp Pays $130 Million For Distribution Joint Venture With Relativity

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 10:30am PST
Mike Fleming

euBREAKING: In a deal worth $130 million, EuropaCorp has bought its way into a joint venture with Relativity that will give it access and better control of the domestic distribution of itsRelativity New Logo films. This comes after Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s France-based company waged a long courtship for Millennium Entertainment to serve that function. Lambert told Deadline that pursuit ended two months ago, and instead the accord was reached with Relativity, which released EuropaCorp’s black comedy The Family and this week distributes the Kevin Costner action film Three Days To Kill, with Brick Mansions coming later this year.

BRITAIN REVOLVER PREMIEREUnder terms of the deal, EuropaCorp will pay $130 million over six years for a half share in the distribution venture that Relativity has had since it bought Overture and built it into the Relativity releasing arm. Both companies will use the distribution apparatus for its own films, and EuropaCorp will put up its own P&A as it uses Relativity’s marketing operation.  The anticipation is that the relationship will build to where the companies will work together to coproduce and cofinance projects together, and that Relativity will tap EuropaCorp’s releasing resources abroad. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘3 Days To Kill’

McG‘s darkly comic action thriller follows a Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) who comes out of retirement for one last mission in exchange for access to an experimental drug –administered by Amber Heard — that could save his life. Hallucinatory action ensues as he tries to complete the … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: New Study Looks At Entertainment Media Consumption In The Middle East; Helen Mirren Wins Again; More

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

New Study Looks At Entertainment Media Consumption In The Middle East
Northwestern University in Qatar and the Doha Film Institute are partnering on a research project to explore trends in entertainment media consumption in the Middle East. The survey research will cover entertainment, culture, and sports in six countries including … Read More »

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp And Millennium Entertainment Heading To Altar?

By | Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 9:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I am hearing that Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is the lead horse in the quest to acquire Millennium Entertainment, the distribution arm of Avi Lerner‘s Nu Image/Millennium Films empire that was … Read More »

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EuropaCorp Names Lisa Ellzey To Spearhead U.S. Motion Picture Production Surge

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 10:23am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Signaling an intention by EuropaCorp to ramp up Stateside production, principals Luc Besson and CEO Christophe Lambert have set veteran production executive and producer Lisa Ellzey to join EuropaCorp as executive vice president of U.S. Motion Picture Production. Ellzey, a Golden Globe and Emmy-winning producer, most recently was executive vice president of production at Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox. She will report directly to Lambert. I’ve heard EuropaCorp’s intention will be to generate as many as five film projects per year here when things get up and running. The company is very prolific from its base in France. Read More »

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TOLDJA! Kevin Costner Stars In McG-Directed ‘Three Days To Kill’

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 12:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

File this one under, exclusive, my ass. Back in early August, Deadline broke the story that Kevin Costner would star in Three Days to Kill, and also told you that McG was going to direct and Relativity Media would Read More »

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Enters Chinese Co-Production & Distribution Pact

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 4:01am PDT

Luc Besson’s films have long been big in Japan. Now, the French multi-hyphenate is looking to establish a footprint in China. Besson’s studio, EuropaCorp, today said it has signed an exclusive co-production and distribution pact with Shanghai-based Fundamental … Read More »

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Relativity Deal For Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 4:58pm PDT

(Beverly Hills, Calif.) May 24, 2012 – Relativity Media announced today it has struck a co-production and co-financing deal with Luc Besson’s (Taken, Transporter) EuropaCorp on the upcoming films Malavita and Three Days To Kill.  The companies will work in tandem on both

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David Marconi To Direct Frank Grillo In EuropaCorp’s ‘Intersection’

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 10:20am PST

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp will head to Berlin’s European Film Market with a couple of hot English-language titles, including Enemy Of The State and Live Free Or Die Hard writer David Marconi’s second outing as director, Intersection. Paris-based Europa is currently in production on the thriller that Marconi also penned. Frank Grillo, who’s been making a name for himself with recent turns in The Grey, Warrior and the upcoming Gangster Squad, stars alongside Roschdy Zem (Days Of Glory); Marie-Josée Croze (Tell No One, The Diving Bell And The Butterfly); and Charlie Bewley, who plays Demetri in the Twilight movies. The story centers on a rich and beautiful couple on their honeymoon in Morocco. After escaping a deadly multi-car pileup at a desert intersection, the group of survivors — including a wanted smuggler, an undercover cop, a kidnapper, a baby and an unconscious Australian — embark on a journey of deceit and revelation that culminates in a Tangiers souk. Delivery is for fourth quarter this year. Read More »

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Angelina Jolie To Star In Luc Besson-Directed Dramatic Thriller Film

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 1:22pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie is in talks to star in an untitled big-scale movie written and directed by Luc Besson. Besson currently has The Lady in the Oscar mix, but this film sounds like a closer cousin to early Besson efforts like The Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element.

I’m told that there are serious talks going on for Jolie to star next spring in a dramatic thriller that is rooted in true scientific elements. Besson’s EuropaCorp developed it and will co-finance, and negotiations are already underway with a studio for domestic distribution. The Besson film would be Jolie’s next as an actress, and it would come before she teams with director Ridley Scott on a historical epic about Gertrude Bell that The Constant Gardener scribe Jeffrey Caine is currently rewriting. I’m told there’s a high likelihood that both films will land at the same studio. Read More »

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‘Transporter’ TV Series Filming Early 2011; EuropaCorp Thinking About ‘Taken’ Show

By | Sunday December 12, 2010 @ 11:40am PST

A U.S. broadcaster is already on board the new Transporter TV show, based on the hit movie franchise from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp movie factory. EuropaCorp won’t say who the US partner is, “but it’s a big one,” chairman Pierre-Ange Le … Read More »

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FilmDistrict Nabs EuropaCorp Pic ‘Lockout’

By | Sunday November 7, 2010 @ 3:00pm PST
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, November 7, 2010 – FilmDistrict, the recently announced company founded by Graham King, Tim Headington and Peter Schlessel, has acquired all US rights to EuropaCorp’s sci-fi action adventure film, starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger will direct LOCKOUT from their script

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Maggie Grace In ‘Lockout’ Mode With Luc Besson

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Frenchman Luc Besson has built Europacorp by hatching moderately priced thrillers, and populating them with casts, writers and directors he works with over and over. Maggie Grace, last seen as the kidnapped teenager in the Besson-Robert Mark Kamen collaboration Taken that launched director Pierre Morel’s star, has signed on for Lockout, a drama that Sony Pictures Entertainment is in talks to distribute. The picture transports a Taken-like premise to outer space. Besson hatched the script with directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Guy Pearce
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