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Frank Martin (played by newcomer Ed Skrein), a former special-ops mercenary, is now living a less perilous life – or so he thinks – transporting classified packages for questionable people. When Frank’s father (Ray Stevenson) pays him a visit in the south of France, their father-son bonding weekend takes a turn for the worse when Frank is engaged by a cunning femme-fatale, Anna (Loan Chabanol), and her three seductive sidekicks to orchestrate the bank heist of the century. Frank must use his covert expertise and knowledge of fast cars, fast driving and fast women to outrun a sinister Russian kingpin, and worse than that, he is thrust into a dangerous game of chess with a team of gorgeous women out for revenge.
- Michelle McCue
No Statham? No problem. The Transporter Refuelled is speeding into view.
After an action-packed movie trilogy (and a TV series we'd rather not talk about), The Transporter franchise is switching things up by replacing Jason Statham with former Game of Thrones star Ed Skrein.
Scant details are available on the storyline, but expect this to be a clean reboot of the series with courier Frank Martin at the heart of the action.
The Transporter Refuelled will arrive in cinemas on September 4. »
There may be a new Transporter in town but the game hasn’t changed too much since the Jason Statham era. At least, not judging by the new trailer for The Transporter Refuelled. Click on the YouTube link to blow it up… pretty much literally.Ill Manors’ Ed Skrein is the man stepping into the sharp suit as deliveryman-with-a-difference Frank Martin. It’s business as usual for Frank in a promo set to The Heavy's trailer favourite 'How You Like Me Now?’ There's car chases, beat downs, quick cuts and extended sequences where villains speechify and then Frank opens whole barrels of kick-ass. The rules - never change the deal, no names, never open the package - remain the same but the villains are a lot nicer looking this time out.Brick Mansions man Camille Delamarre is directing this one, working from a script that producer Luc Besson handed to »
Naturally, 2014 box office runaway train "Lucy," from director Luc Besson, has a sequel in development. Besson's wildly entertaining Scarlett Johansson vehicle grossed over $450 million worldwide including $126 million stateside, making the cult Euro auteur attractive to Us studios. (While "Lucy" was released stateside by Universal, production took place entirely abroad.) Allocine has the story here. EuropaCorp trumpeted the news of a "Lucy" sequel at the recent CineEurope film expo held in Spain. The company also unveiled plans for a sequel to "Colombiana," the 2011 Besson-scripted crime thriller starring Zoe Saldana as a scorned assassin. Directed by Olivier Megaton and released in the Us by Sony, the film flopped here and overseas. But the franchise could work with Saldana, boosted by "Avatar" and "Star Trek" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," on board; a "Lucy" franchise, meanwhile, would lean heavily on »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Add two more sequels to the list of those currently queuing up to get to the big screen. This time, this is a pair of films from Luc Besson's EuropaCorp production house, which has already proven its happiness to make sequels where previously they'd been ruled out (that'd be you, Taken 3).
In this case, EuropaCorp has announced a slate of projects that includes both Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2, both of which are surprises. Lucy, and this really doesn't give much away (given quite how insane its last 20 minutes is), doesn't leave too many doors open to a sequel, and Besson himself seemed to have ruled one out last summer, saying "it's not made for that". It's unclear at this stage if Scarlet Johansson will return for the new film. Given »
Luc Besson is the director of "The Professional" and "The Fifth Element," but is also the brains behind the "Taken" and "The Transporter" franchises, which he created through his EuropaCorp company. Today we have a list of upcoming EuropaCorp productions, which include sequels to female action films "Lucy" and "Colombiana." While the hope is to create new franchises, there's a good chance Besson will take a very different approach with the two properties. "Lucy" was released last year and starred Scarlet Johansson. The film was a surprising hit, grossing a whopping $458 million worldwide on a budget of only $40 million. The sequel will likely bring back Johansson and have a bigger budget. "Colombiana" wasn't as lucky. It hit theaters in 2011 and starred Zoe Saldana. The movie cost $40 million to make and was only about to earn $61 million worldwide. It was also hated by critics. So it's very likely that the sequel »
Written and directed by Luc Besson, Lucy starred Scarlett Johansson as a reluctant drug mile who acquires extraordinary abilities after absorbing a volatile experimental drug and sets out for revenge. Produced on a budget of $40 million, the film was a big hit around the globe, grossing $458.9 million wordwild.
Besson had previously stated that Lucy 2 was “unlikely”, but it seems the the success of the first film has convinced him otherwise. At this point, there’s no word on whether Scarlett Johansson will return, although you’d have to expect the sequel would hinge on her involvement.
- Gary Collinson
During the company's presentation at CineEurope 2015 earlier today, filmmaker Luc Besson' EuropaCorp announced they are moving forward with sequels to last year's Lucy and 2011's Colombiana. Luc Besson wrote and directed Lucy himself, while co-writing the script for Colombiana with Robert Mark Kamen, which was directed by Olivier Megaton. It isn't clear if Luc Besson plans on writing or directing any of these projects himself, or if he is seeking new filmmakers. If both of these sequels move forward, we can surely expect to see Scarlett Johansson and Zoe Saldana reprising their roles as Lucy and Cataleya, but we'll have to wait and see.
The news of Lucy 2 moving forward shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, since it was one of last year's biggest surprise hits, taking in $458 million worldwide at the box office on just a $40 million production budget. Scarlett Johansson starred as a woman who »
Here are 2 other films opening in limited theatrical releases in the USA this weekend that you may not be as familiar with, as you likely are with the 2 wide releases ("Ted 2" and "Max")... First, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is distributing the Samuel L. Jackson actioner "Big Game," which is Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s English-language debut. Jackson co-stars (playing the President of the USA) alongside Onni Tommila. The film follows a shy 13-year-old boy named Oskari (played by Tommila), who must prove his manhood by spending a night alone in the forest, when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists and Oskari discovers the President (Samuel »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A year ago Besson himself was asked "Lucy" sequel prospects to which he replied "I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It''s not made for that." Looks like someone found a way.
Also on the way are "Shut In" with Naomi Watts, "Nine Lives" with Kevin Spacey, "The Lake" with Sullivan Stapleton, and "Escobar" with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz which are all due next year. The Dave Bautista-led "Warrior's Gate" and Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne-starring "Valerian" are also due in 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
Last year, despite minimal fanfare, Luc Besson.s imaginative spin on femme-fatale ass-kickery, Lucy became a $458 million global sensation. Yet, those imaginative events in the film also seemingly rendered it a one-and-done affair. However, a recent presentation from Besson.s production company reveals that a sequel is, indeed, in the works. At the CineEurope convention in Barcelona, Spain, the presentation for Besson.s Paris-based EuropaCorp unveiled a number of their upcoming titles. However, in a rather understated, but nevertheless intriguing final side-note, a Lucy sequel was reportedly revealed to be part of that cinematic lineup. That, unfortunately was the extent of the revelation, with the tide of speculation now left adrift, wondering if star Scarlett Johansson will be returning for the fantastical follow-up. While Besson was not on hand to further expound on the exciting admission, it does come to represent no less than a complete 180 degree turn from his »
EuropaCorp, the largest film studio in Europe, revealed its upcoming schedule today, and it includes the news that both Lucy 2, a sequel to Luc Besson's super-brained Scarlett Johansson film from last year, and Columbiana 2, a follow-up of the 2011 Zoe Saldana vehicle, are in development. A Lucy sequel seems like a no-brainer — it was one of summer 2014's biggest sleeper hits — but the Columbiana news comes as a slight surprise, as the film was little-loved upon its release and is almost forgotten now. But, hey, in this new post-Furiosa world, anything is possible! Male stars have been making crappy action franchises for years — when the world has room for Columbiana 7: Bogotá Drift, we'll know equality has truly been achieved. »
- Nate Jones
Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Isaac Feldberg
"I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It's not made for that,” Luc Besson said last summer about the prospect of a sequel to the surprise smash hit "Lucy." “If I find something good enough, maybe I will, but for now I don't even think about it.” Well, it looks like he's thought about it and something is brewing. At CineEurope 2015, production house EuropaCorp (which Besson heads up) announced their slate of upcoming films, which quietly mentioned that "Lucy 2" was "in development." Here's the roster: “Shut In” with Naomi Watts (International Release Date February 19, 2016) “Nine Lives” with Kevin Spacey (International Release Date April 29, 2016) “The Lake” with Sullivan Stapleton (International Release date July 15, 2016) “Warrior's Gate” with Dave Bautista (date undetermined output) “The Transporter Legacy” with Ed Skrein (Release date September 9, 2015) “Escobar” with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz (Released in 2016) »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Icon Film Distribution has released a new UK poster for The Transporter Refueled, the next instalment in Luc Besson’s explosive action series, which sees Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, Deadpool) taking over the role of Frank Martin from Jason Statham…
See Also: Watch the trailer for The Transporter Refueled here
Frank Martin is the most highly-skilled transporter money can buy. The stakes are greater and technology better, but the same three simple rules apply: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. When Frank is hired by cunning femme fatale Anna and her three stunning sidekicks, he quickly discovers he’s been played. Anna and her cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in order to coerce Frank into helping them take down a ruthless group of Russian human traffickers. Fueled by revenge, he will break all his rules and stop at nothing to rescue his »
- Gary Collinson
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There’s a line of narration over the opening scene of CBS’ new thriller Zoo, based on James Patterson’s novel of the same name, that threatens to expose the show for the cheesily assembled, dumbed-down thriller its scant trailers and plot descriptions make it out to be. “What if animals all across the globe decided no more,” asks the narrator, after describing humanity’s long-standing reign at the top of the food chain. “What if they decided to fight back?” Is this show pitching me its hook in the opening scene? I thought to myself as the camera panned over various shots of wildlife and nature in a way I’m sure Luc Besson would love.
Luckily, Zoo has more up its sleeve than redundant narrative devices. The show’s basic idea – worldwide coordinated animal attacks – is simultaneously laughable and freaky, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Four months ago, we got the first trailer for Hitman: Agent 47 which looked like a cut-rate action movie right out of Luc Besson's wheelhouse. Rupert Friend, cast to replace the late Paul Walker, seemed like an odd choice for the lead role in what appeared to have little connection to the video game that inspired it. While the first film with Timothy Olyphant was no masterpiece, Hitman: Agent 47 looked... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Exclusive: EuropaCorp has hired development executive Chris Coggins as VP Production and Development at EuropaCorp USA, adding to the exec ranks of Luc Besson’s company that continues to ramp up its activity on this side of the Atlantic. Coggins arrives from Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment, where she served as Head of Development and helped spearhead the company’s new-media projects for the Oscars, HBO and Amazon. She also worked at Allison Shearmur Productions on… »
Annecy – France remains Europe’s animation powerhouse, the third biggest producer of animated features in the world, and the locale of an equally massive toon TV industry whose shows dominate major broadcast networks and increased sales abroad for five years running over 2009-13, suggested a report from France’s Cnc film-board presented at the Annecy Festival.
But while the envy of the rest of Europe, the Cnc study paints, however, a picture of France’s animation industry where there is little room for complacency, and no clear sign as yet of a sustained commercial lift-off of its animated movie industry since Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp pulled out of big toon pic production after sustaining losses on its “Arthur” trilogy
“To talk about French animation is to talk about an industry of excellence, and that’s nit by chance but reflects the quality of our schools, R & D and technology, known the world over, »
- John Hopewell
The model and actress also chatted to Vogue about coming to terms with being attracted to women.
"Being in love with my girlfriend is a big part of why I'm feeling so happy with who I am these days," she said. "And for those words to come out of my mouth is actually a miracle."
On being a child confused by her sexuality, Cara said: "It took me a long time to accept the idea [of being attracted to women], until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognised that I had to accept it."
She added: "Women are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all."
On top of her modelling career, »
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