Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
We have the first image from A Monster in Paris, the Luc Besson-produced, Eric “Bibo” Bergeron-directed animated film due out in France later this year. Although posters and concept art for the movie have made the rounds before, this seems to be the first picture from the movie itself. The plot revolves around a monster terrorizing early 20th century Paris, and the locals who band together to stop him. But, as you might guess from the image, the monster isn’t exactly what he seems to be. See for yourself after the jump.
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This one just came out of nowhere. For the past few months there had been word that Luc Besson might be planning a new epic romance or a massive sci-fi film. But now he’s shooting The Lady, which is a film about Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Michelle Yeoh plays the cultural heroine, who opposed military rule in Burma and spent much of the past twenty years under house arrest as a result. David Thewlis plays her husband, Michael Aris. That’s the first image from the film, above, and there are more after the break. Read More »
Unless you’re a group of crime scene investigators or police detectives, there’s really not that much male-driven action currently on television. Luc Besson is hoping to change that in the coming months. Filming is set to being early next year on a $48 million, 12 part television series based on The Transporter. The films, which starred Jason Statham and were produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp, center on a driver who’ll transport anything you want, no questions asked. French company Lagardere Entertainment will finance the show and they, reportedly, already have a deal in place with a United States broadcaster.
EuropaCorp has already turned one of their franchises into a show, Nikita, and they aren’t stopping there. After The Transporter, they’re also considering turning the Liam Neeson action vehicle Taken into a TV series, but only after Taken 2 shoots in the Spring. Read more after the jump. Read More »
UPDATE: Variety reports that production has already wrapped in Thailand and the shoot is moving to London, after which two weeks’ work is scheduled in France. Original article follows.
While he’s spent much of the past decade working as a writer and producer, Luc Besson has directed a film here and there — the Arthur and the Invisibles movies, and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec for example. Lately he seems to be ramping up interest in directing even more movies. There was word of him shopping around an expensive love story, and of the possibility of a film that would be like “The Fifth Element to the power of ten.”
For now, however, it seems like he’s focusing on something completely different. He’s reportedly making a film called Into the Light, which will be a biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi, starring Michelle Yeoh. Read More »
A young girl sees her family murdered by a drug lord, then grows up to be an assassin simply so she can get revenge. Yes, it’s the O-Ren Ishii story from Kill Bill but it’s also the plot of Colombiana, which stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) as the assassin searching for vengeance as well as Michael Varitan. It’s co-written by Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional) and directed by Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3). Colombiana is scheduled for release September 2011 but some early looks of Saldana as her character Cataleya Restrepo are now online. Check them out after the jump. Read More »
The last time we heard about a directorial project from Luc Besson, who has primarily worked as a producer over the last decade-plus, he was shopping a love story to studios. But did that love story have a big sci-fi component? Because Mr. Besson just said that his next film would be something like “The Fifth Element to the power of ten.” Read More »
Maggie Grace probably likes Luc Besson a lot — he produced Taken, in which she played the kidnapped daughter of Liam Neeson. She’s already attached to Taken 2 (which may or may not get made) and now she’s set to co-star with Guy Pearce in the Besson-produced space thriller Lockout. Deadline has few details to offer, saying first that Lockout “transports a Taken-like premise to outer space.” The script is by Besson and co-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and the other details we have make the film sound a lot like a retread of Taken in space. Read More »
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Though he’s making a comeback to live-action film with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (already released in some European countries) Luc Besson has been known in the last decade more for writing and producing than directing. Most of his directorial work has been in animation (the Arthur films) and his last live-action film to get wide distribution in the US was 1999′s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.
But now he’s looking to direct a love story, and is shopping the script to Hollywood studios. Read More »