Luc Besson

‘Taken’ TV Series Prequel Gets Straight-to-Series Order at NBC

by Kevin Fitzpatrick September 17, 2015 @ 8:48 PM
20th Century Fox
Well, we probably could have seen this one coming. The trend of routing movie franchises to TV, the state of the Taken franchise, and NBC being … well, NBC, a young Bryan Mills is about to develop a very particular set of skills. That’s right, NBC has give a straight-to-series order for a prequel TV series of Luc Besson and Liam Neeson’s Taken, and it will find you. It will kill you.

Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Adds Clive Owen to the Cast

by Britt Hayes August 19, 2015 @ 6:52 PM
Clive Owen has had a bit of a spotty career in recent years, but thanks to Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series The Knick, we’ve been reminded just how great Owen can be with the right material. Perhaps a new Luc Besson film will make good use of him, as the actor has joined Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the director’s new, high-concept sci-fi film Valerian.

‘Lucy’ Director Luc Besson Changes His Mind, Decides to Make a Sequel

by Britt Hayes June 26, 2015 @ 5:15 PM
Lucy was perhaps the biggest surprise hit of 2014. Luc Besson’s action-packed and totally bonkers sci-fi film starring reigning queen of sci-fi Scarlett Johansson was actually pretty delightful, but the ending didn’t really leave the door open for a sequel. Given that studios tend to let box office dictate the necessity of a sequel, Lucy 2 seemed inevitable, but Besson himself dismissed the idea and the world moved on — except now he’s changed his mind.

Luc Besson Will Adapt French Sci-Fi Graphic Novel ‘Valerian’

by Matt Singer May 12, 2015 @ 11:20 AM
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In the 1990s, Luc Besson looked like the next European director to take Hollywood by storm. Each of movies made a bigger impact in the U.S. than the one before it; La Femme Nikita, The Professional, and The Fifth Element. But just as he cracked through to the mainstream, Besson pivoted away from directing and became more of a mini-mogul, running his EuropaCorp production company and cranking out action flicks that he would often co-write and produce but not direct like District B13, Lockout, and The Transporter and Taken franchises.

Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Joins Luc Besson Action Thriller ‘The Lake’

by Britt Hayes March 23, 2015 @ 5:18 PM
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Luc Besson is responsible for making Liam Neeson the action hero we all know and love, and it looks like he could possibly do the same for J.K. Simmons with The Lake — which will sadly not be directed by Besson, though he provided the screenplay. The Oscar-winning actor has joined the cast of Besson’s latest action thriller alongside 300: Rise of an Empire star Sullivan Stapleton.

‘The Transporter Refueled’ Teaser: New Star, Old Rules

by Matt Singer March 19, 2015 @ 2:07 PM
“Is this the Transporter?” Those are the first words of this teaser for The Transporter Refueled, the reboot of the Euro-action series about the world’s best-dressed, most deadly delivery man. And I want to answer that question, no; this is decidedly not the Transporter. The Transporter is Jason Statham, or at least it was Jason Statham, through the franchise’s first three movies. Statham, alas, has departed, leaving Ed Skrein to assume Frank Martin’s black suit-and-tie-and-Audi.

Just How Bizarre Is 'Lucy'? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions)

by Mike Ryan July 22, 2014 @ 10:55 PM
Universal Pictures
This week, Scarlett Johansson (‘We Bought a Zoo’) stars as a character named Lucy in a movie called ‘Lucy.’ The advertising campaign makes Luc Besson’s new film look like a mainstream action film – and there is action! – but it’s not quite what you might think it will be.

'Lucy' Trailer: It's No Black Widow Movie, But Super-ScarJo Is Flying Solo

by Nick Romano May 13, 2014 @ 9:45 AM
Universal Pictures
We know most of us want to see Scarlett Johansson get her own solo Black Widow movie, but that's not gonna happen anytime soon. That said, how about another film about a female ass-kicker with superpowers? A new international 'Lucy' trailer is here to prove ScarJo is about to reach her full potential -- and afterwards all hell will likely break loose.

'Lucy' Trailer: Scarlett Johansson Becomes a Super-Powered Super-Killer

by Britt Hayes April 2, 2014 @ 11:58 AM
As the trailer says, mankind isn't ready for Scarlett Johansson's Lucy, and judging by the powers she's tossing around (both with her brain and her body) in Luc Besson's latest sci-fi action thriller, that's pretty accurate. Johansson steps out of the Marvel movie universe and finally gets some superpowers of her own, and she does not look like a lady you want to mess with.