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Paris– In a fiscal year marked by its expansion into the U.S. market, among numerous growth operations, Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s EuropaCorp posted 211.8 million Euros ($288 million) in revenue, fueled by international sales and TV production.
The outfit’s net profit, however, fell 19.4% from last year’s record $26 million, and generated 4% in operating profit margin for the year 2013-2014, which ended on March 31.
The company’s international sales biz, led by Marie-Laure Montironi, scored $153 million (compared with last year’s $97 million). This figure is nonetheless bloated by EuropaCorp’s $45 milion flat-rate deal with Fox which covers future royalty revenue from “Taken” and “Taken 2.” Deal also covers collateral guarantees for any future royalties generated with Fox.
Auditors are currently probing the timing of this pact with Fox to determine whether it should be included in the financial year 2013-2014. The pact accounted for $17.7 million in operating margin and $11 million in net profit. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Given that it not only covers the same narrative ground as the hyperkinetic 2004 French actioner “District B13,” but even borrows one of that film’s stars — the amazingly nimble, frequently shirtless parkour artist David Belle — there’s no denying that “Brick Mansions” qualifies as one of the more redundant English-language remakes on record. Which in no way makes it an unnecessary or unenjoyable one: Ten years on, this second stab at the same material from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp generates nearly as much propulsive excitement as its predecessor, and considering how few saw “District B13” Stateside (where it grossed only $1.2 million theatrically), there’s clearly a sizable American audience ready to thrill to all those glass-smashing, stairwell-hopping stunts.
Still, the chief draw and talking point for this quick-and-dirty Relativity release will surely be Paul Walker, seen here in the last role he completed filming before his death in November. It »
- Justin Chang
Old and New Media were out in force at Miptv on Tuesday (8) as veteran producers and writers unveiled projects and new media heavyweights YouTube and Twitter discussed the pulling power of their platforms for traditional content creators as well as newcomers.
A round-up of the day 2 events:
Us writer and producer Frank Spotnitz joined Olivier Bibas, producer and managing director of Paris-based Atlantique Productions, for a breakfast preview of the second series of Transporter adapted from Luc Besson’s popular film franchise.
“We want to keep the identity of the original but also deepen Frank’s world,” said Spotnitz, noting each episode »
Trailer Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:36
At the time of his tragic death last November, Paul Walker had two more films that he'd worked on heading for release. Fast & Furious 7 has, of course, been delayed while Universal reworks the film around the scenes he shot before he passed away. And then there's Brick Mansions, a remake of the film District B13, where Walker stars alongside David Belle and RZA.
Brick Mansions lands in Us cinemas on April 25th (it's yet to get a UK release date), and the first trailer for it has now been released.
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Jason Statham played Frank Martin, a highly-trained driver who transports goods with no questions asked, in 2002's The Transporter and its sequels The Transporter 2 and Transporter 3. The reboot will take the story back to the original Transporter's setting of the French Riviera. The story will give more depth to Frank Martin's character, exploring his relationship with his father, a role which EuropaCorp is eyeing for a prominent actor.
"We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we've found the right match with Ed Skrein, who's not only a great »
Though Jason Statham is one of the most widely known action stars in the world today, it wasn’t that long ago when he first arrived on the scene. After delivering memorable performances in Guy Ritchie’s crime capers Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, it was really The Transporter, back in 2002, that elevated him to action stardom. In subsequent Transporter films, the Crank franchise and dozens of stand-alone action flicks since, he’s refined his niche, but that film truly marked his breakout. Though it’s been five years since Transporter 3 made bank with $108 million, the success of the series has led EuropaCorp towards rebooting the franchise with three new films. Now, likely hoping to kick-start another young actor’s career, EuropaCorp has tapped Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein to take the lead role in Transporter 4.
The British actor has a few credits to his name, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises. Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he's set for Taken 3. But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they've continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year. Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson's EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story. That's kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies. Hit the jump for more. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »
- Matt Goldberg
7 items from 2014
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