Hot Trailer: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 10:54am PDT

Luc Besson and Scarlett Johansson have teamed for Lucy, a sc-fi pic that centers on a woman caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior. Morgan Freeman co-stars, and Universal is releasing the pic from … 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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Berlin: Forest Whitaker In Talks To Join ‘Taken 3′; Helmer Olivier Megaton Returning

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 10:16am PST

Olivier-Megaton-and-Liam-NeesonEXCLUSIVE: Olivier Megaton will be back in the director’s chair for Taken 3, the latest film in the action franchise hatched by Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp. Megaton directed the second film in the series that’s been distributed by 20th Century Fox. While it’s likely that Fox will be on Taken 3, I understand negotiations are still underway. This will be Megaton’s next project with a start date I hear could be as early as March. In a new piece of casting, Deadline understands that Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Liam Neeson and other forest whitakerreturning actors including Maggie Grace. Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his brutal skills to track down his daughter after she was kidnapped in the first film, and who was himself taken hostage in the sequel. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported last summer that Neeson was closing a deal in the vicinity of $20M to reprise his role as Mills. Neeson was a reluctant participant in the first sequel, but got paid in the $15M neighborhood. Read More »

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Luc Besson Talks Paparazzi Interference On Taipei ‘Lucy’ Shoot, But Confirms He Never Planned To Leave: AP

By | Friday November 1, 2013 @ 3:54am PDT

French director Luc Besson today publicly commented on incidents in Taiwan that earlier this week led to reports he was cutting his shoot time there short on sci-fi film Lucy. According toRead More »

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Have Those Sacrebleu Paparazzi Sent Luc Besson Running From Taipei? Pas Possible!

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 3:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The pack mentality of web journalists rushing to pick up every report in every publication around the world legitimizes exaggerated stories and all you can do is try to put proper perspective on them later. Seems that was the case … 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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Liam Neeson To Get Paid – Try $20 Million – For His Particular Set Of Skills In ‘Taken 3′

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 5:14pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Get ready for a third installment of Taken, the franchise launched by EuropaCorp’s Luc Besson and released by 20th Century Fox. I’m told that Liam Neeson is closing a deal in the vicinity of $20 million to reprise his role as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his brutal skills after his daughter was kidnapped in France to be sold into sex slavery. Neeson was a reluctant participant in the first sequel but got paid in the $15 million neighborhood. Now I hear he’s getting another raise, and that EuropaCorp is planning to start production in February.

Next will come the effort to make deals with Maggie Grace, who played his daughter in the first two films, and Famke Janssen, who played his ex-wife. They have a script well in the works from Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, who teamed for the first two films. No director has yet been set, but don’t be surprised if Olivier Megaton comes back. He’s the Besson protege who directed the last film, which cost around $45 million and grossed over $376 million. The first film cost around $25 million and grossed over $226 million, with Pierre Morel directing. I thought the original film was vastly better than the sequel. But when the sequel does better than the original at the box office, and doesn’t cost that much more, of course they will try for the trifecta. The key has been getting Neeson. Read More »

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French Producers Strongly Contest Industry Contract To Set Salary Minimums For Crews

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

About 1,600 French film business heavyweights have signed a petition against a proposed regulation that would set pay and personnel minimums for crews on any movies produced in the country. The legislation is due to be signed by … 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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Relativity Media On For ‘Brick Mansions,’ The ‘Banlieue 13′ Remake With Paul Walker

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 9:41am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Furthering its commitment to co-finance action films from Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, Relativity Media has signed on to co-finance and be domestic distributor for Brick Mansions, the American-ized remake of the Paris-set Banlieue 13. The film will star Paul Walker, and it will be directed by Camille Delamarre, a protege of Besson. Besson, who co-wrote the original, scripted the remake with his Taken collaborator Robert Mark Kamen. Walker will star with David Belle, who starred in the original and the sequel District 13: Ultimatum. He is also the guy credited with creating Parkour, a sport that involves agility and leaping and climbing around obstacles. There will be plenty of that in these films. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese Officially Boards Luc Besson’s Mafia Pic ‘Malavita’

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 1:43pm PST

After consulting informally on Luc Besson‘s mafia actioner Malavita, Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese has come aboard the Robert De Niro-Tommy Lee Jones starrer as executive producer. Scorsese … 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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Hot International Teaser: ‘Taken 2′

By | Friday July 6, 2012 @ 9:59am PDT

A fast-paced international trailer for the 20th Century Fox‘s followup to Liam Neeson’s action hit landed just over two weeks ago and today there’s this abbreviated “alternate” version. Directed by Olivier Megaton from Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen’s script, Taken 2 opens Stateside October 5th:

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Hot International Trailer: ‘Taken 2′

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 8:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Liam Neeson is back as Bryan Mills, the man with a special set of lethal skills in Taken 2, and a trailer has been released overseas that shows no shortage of action. The first film, which recast Neeson as an action superstar, had a smart script by Luc Besson and … 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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First Five Minutes: Guy Pearce In ‘Lockout’

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 4:43pm PDT

Europa posted roughly the first five minutes of Lockout, which features star Guy Pearce being pummeled while he’s interrogated about “what happened in that hotel room.” What happened was a big fight scene during which credits unfold. Kind of over the top but OK. (In English with French … Read More »

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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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Hot Trailer: Guy Pearce And Maggie Grace In ‘Lockout’

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 12:21am PST

Wrongly convicted of espionage, Guy Pearce turns out to be the government’s go-to guy when the president’s daughter is trapped aboard an orbital maximum security prison. Maggie Grace also stars. Executive producer Luc Besson co-wrote with first-time feature directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. Known under other names abroad … Read More »

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Universal Makes Deal On Luc Besson-Angelina Jolie Sci-Fi Film

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 1:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

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

Universal Pictures has acquired 80% of distribution rights — including in the U.S. — to the large-scale dramatic thriller that Luc Besson will direct with Angelina Jolie in the starring … Read More »

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