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Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best

Luc Besson Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.

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‘Playground’ Trailer: Luc Besson’s New Web Series Takes Us to Assassin School

‘Playground’ Trailer: Luc Besson’s New Web Series Takes Us to Assassin School
French filmmaker Luc Besson may be best known for directing visually dazzling sci-fi films like The Fifth Element and the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but he’s also built up quite a career as a writer. He’s written screenplays for a handful of movies he didn’t direct, including Taken, The Transporter, and Colombiana. His latest […]

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Lionsgate Acquires Keanu Reeves-Starring ‘Rally Car’ – Berlin

Lionsgate Acquires Keanu Reeves-Starring ‘Rally Car’ – Berlin
Lionsgate, which is releasing the Keanu Reeves-starring John Wick 2 nationwide tomorrow via its Summit label, has just acquired U.S. distribution rights to Reeves’ film Rally Car. Deadline revealed last month the distributor was in pole position to land the film. The China-centric movie will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana) and be shot from a script by Jeremy Lott based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. The film, described as in the vein of Can…
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Berlin: Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights to Keanu Reeves NASCAR Movie 'Rally Car'

Berlin: Lionsgate Takes U.S. Rights to Keanu Reeves NASCAR Movie 'Rally Car'
On the first day of the Berlin Film Market, Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Keanu Reeves starrer Rally Car. The movie, which will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana) from a script by Jeremy Lott based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel, stars Reeves as an American NASCAR driver.

Rally Car will be produced by Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films. Gary Glushon will executive produce.

The film tells the story of a self-centered American NASCAR driver who revitalizes his career by entering an international...
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Devilworks reveals Afm slate

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Devilworks reveals Afm slate
Exclusive: Line-up includes Australian thriller The Suicide Theory and Us crime film Criticsized.

Genre specialist Devilworks has revealed its slate for the forthcoming American Film Market (Nov 2-9).

The line-up includes Australian thriller The Suicide Theory, which the company is repping for international sales following its release on Netflix Us.

Directed by Dru Brown, the film follows a man who, after failing to commit suicide, pays a hitman to kill him. When that endeavour fails, the man learns that he is cursed with immortality. Steve Mouzakis (who recently completed filming 20th Century Fox’s Prison Break: Sequel) stars in the lead role.

Also on the company’s slate is Us crime thriller Criticsized, which marks the feature debut of director Carl T. Evans. Starring Willie C. Carpenter (Men In Black), Kerr Smith (My Bloody Valentine) and Callum Blue (Colombiana), the film follows an La detective hunting down a serial killer who live streams his crimes online.

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Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner Sequel Rounds Out Its Cast With The Walking Dead's Lennie James

According to Deadline, Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Snatch, Colombiana) has been added to the already very impressive vast of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2. We haven't received character details on any of the cast members up to this point, and that continues here, with no mention of the role - be it hero, villain, human or replicant - that James will play in the film. All we do know that he'll be joining Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri, Dave Bautista, Barkhad Abdi and the returning Harrison Ford. Blade Runner 2 is set to hit theaters on October 6, 2017.
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Cannes: Protagonist Boards Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Protagonist Boards Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’ (Exclusive)
Sales agent Protagonist Pictures has boarded “Where Hands Touch,” the latest movie project from director Amma Asante, who won a BAFTA for most promising newcomer for “A Way of Life,” impressed with her second film “Belle,” and has just finished editing “A United Kingdom,” which stars David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Actress, musician and activist Amandla Stenberg, who appeared in action-thriller “Colombiana” and “The Hunger Games,” has been confirmed as the female lead in “Where Hands Touch.”

The film, which has been developed through the BFI and is produced by Asante’s Tantrum Films and Pinewood Pictures, is set in Germany during World War II and is about the relationship between a 16-17 year-old German mixed-race girl and a 19-year-old German soldier. “It’s really about two teenagers who are coming of age against a back-drop of utter madness… teenagers who are witnessing horrible, sad, devastating elements of our humanity,
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Amandla Stenberg In Talks For Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’

Amandla Stenberg In Talks For Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’
Exclusive: A passion project, Where Hands Touch is the next feature on Belle helmer Amma Asante’s dance card. I’ve learned that The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg is in talks to star in the period romantic drama that will begin shooting this summer. The 1940s-set story focuses on the relationship between a mixed-race German girl and an SS officer in Berlin. Stenberg is best known for her portrayal of Rue in the first Hunger Games and also was in Colombiana, playing the…
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Risen movie review: when habeas corpus gets weird

Initially intriguing detective tale of ancient Rome hops genres into fantasy, with a strange manic-preacher-dream-boy seduction of its pragmatic protagonist. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of “faith-based” movies

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s something we don’t see often on the big screen: a detective story set in the ancient world. There are lots of novels, but I can’t think of a single other movie in the mold of Risen, an initially intriguing mystery tale in which a politically ambitious Roman soldier, Clavius (Joseph Fiennes [Hercules, Running with Scissors], who is terrific here), is set to a policing task by Pilate (Peter Firth: Spooks: The Greater Good, Pearl Harbor), the Roman governor of the province of Judea in the Middle East. It seems that the followers of a local rabble-rousing preacher who was just executed believe that
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Review: 'Momentum' Starring Olga Kurylenko And James Purefoy

Momentum” is a confused, bland, and wholly unoriginal action/thriller that tries its best to ripoff the mid-budget international action formula of Luc Besson’s Europacorp productions. Releasing almost a double digit amount of modestly-budgeted-for-wide-release action movies every year, the Europacorp machine operates in two gears: 1) Take a respected actor in between middle and senior age and turn him into a stoic and effortlessly charismatic action star. This approach worked wonders with the twilight of Liam Neeson’s career. Sean Penn and Kevin Costner, not so much. 2) Take a talented, attractive, recently popularized female star who’s been relegated to supporting roles in giant-budget Hollywood films and give her a leading role as a badass action hero. Scarlet Johansson in “Lucy” and Zoe Saldana in “Colombiana” comes to mind. “Momentum” tries to duplicate the second approach by dropping the gorgeous and otherwise talented Olga Kurylenko into a wholly predictable and.
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‘Transporter 3’ abides by the law of diminishing returns

Transporter 3

Written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen

Directed by Olivier Megaton

France, 2008

Following another three year hiatus during which time star Jason Statham saw his international stardom continue to grow with a series of adrenaline fueled action vehicles, series caretakers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen were at it again for a third Transporter film, this time returning protagonist Frank Martin (Statham) to his European roots following a pit stop in Miami for part 2. The former army man, now self-employed driver, is back in France, where he enjoys pleasant fishing expeditions with Inspector Tarconi. His relaxing time off is brutally disturbed one night when a car crashes into his living room, driven by an accomplice of his that Frank himself vouched for not long ago for a contract. Frank discovers Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) in the back seat, and it isn’t long before Frank finds himself caught
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Luc Besson Sequels in the Works

Luc Besson Sequels in the Works
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...
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Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 both in development

Sequels to Lucy and Colombiana are in the works at EuropaCorp, as well as Warrior's Gate, starring Dave Bautista...

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
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Lucy and Colombiana Sequels in the Works

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
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'Lucy 2' and 'Colombiana 2' Planned, Will Johansson and Saldana Return?

'Lucy 2' and 'Colombiana 2' Planned, Will Johansson and Saldana Return?
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
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"Lucy," "Colombiana" Sequels In Development

Luc Besson's EuropaCorp company is participating in CineEurope this week where they announced their list of upcoming movies.

The big surprise is that sequels to last year's Scarlett Johansson sci-fi thriller "Lucy," and the Zoe Saldana action thriller "Colombiana" are both in development.

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.
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Lucy 2 And Colombiana 2 Both In The Works

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
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The Lonely Female Taxi Driver: Barbara Loden's "Wanda"

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In 2013, I attended an introduction of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver by writer/director Paul Schrader at The Royal Theatre in Toronto. In his opening remarks Schrader explained the process of writing a ‘lonely man’ film during a paranoid depressive state he was going through. Since then, I’ve realized that I have a fondness for ‘lonely man’ character films. Films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, David Fincher’s Fight Club, Spike Jonze’s Her, andthe Coen brothers’ A Serious Man fit neatly into this category. Each of these movies has their own version of a disenfranchised soul searching for an identity in the world. They resent society because of their isolation from it and they try various ways of connecting with to find a purpose in it. I am also highly aware of the lack of ‘lonely woman’ films or rather a good enough variety of
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Taken 3 movie review: give it back

This is a movie as its own death wish. To call it cheap, lazy, and perfunctory grants it a dignity that implies there was another path it could have taken. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): not a fan of the franchise

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I figure French fauxteur Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Colombiana) jumped his own shark when he chose that nom de cinema, but if not, he’s definitely done it now with Taken 3. It wouldn’t be fair to call this a movie: it’s more a phony, forced assemblage of stilted dialogue, incoherent action sequences, inexplicably sociopathic behavior on the part of its supposedly sympathetic protagonist, and bad self-referential “jokes” about the many idiocies of the franchise it has now, we can hope, killed for good. This is a movie as its own death wish.
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Taken 3 Review: Forest Whitaker Solves Crimes With Solid Deduction and Hot Bagels

Once upon a time, almost a half century ago, in a ramshackle pastry shop outside a small village in rural France, a muscular baby boy was birthed from an even more muscular vagina. His parents, being big fans of cinema, christened him after their seventeenth favorite actor, and no one was surprised when the boy became a young man and the man became a movie director. His passion was for action films — usually ones with a number in the title — and his name was Olivier Megaton. Well, his name still is Oliver Megaton, and when someone with a name like Oliver Megaton makes an action movie it feels like the kind of perfectly inspired pairing that only comes along once in a millennium. Like if someone named Fanny Shytles grew up to make Adam Sandler comedies. How do you turn away from that divine promise? How do you know where to draw the line and say enough
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