Luc Besson


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Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in school. He planned on becoming a marine biologist ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 28 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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(1997)
Lucy Writer
(2014)
(1990)

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  Twice (co-writer) (announced)
 2019/II Anna (screenplay) (completed)
 2017-2018 Taken (TV Series) (based on the characters created by - 26 episodes)
- Viceroy (2018) ... (based on the characters created by)
- Render (2018) ... (based on the characters created by)
- Carapace (2018) ... (based on the characters created by)
- ACGT (2018) ... (based on the characters created by)
- Imperium (2018) ... (based on the characters created by)
 2018 Taxi 5 (scenario)
 2017 Arthur and the Minimoys (TV Series) (original idea)
 2017 American Renegades (written by)
 2016 Enter the Warriors Gate (written by)
 2015 The Transporter Refueled (characters) / (written by)
 2014 Taken 3 (characters) / (written by)
 2012-2014 Transporter: The Series (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 9 episodes)
- End Game (2014) ... (based on characters created by)
- City of Love (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- 12 Hours (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- Trojan Horsepower (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- Sharks (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
 2014/I Lucy (written by)
 2014 Taxi Brooklyn (TV Series) (based upon the film "Taxi" written by - 12 episodes)
- Frenchmen Can't Jump (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Revenge (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Double Identity (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- The Longest Night (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Black Widow (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
 2014 Brick Mansions (screenplay) / (screenplay "Banlieue 13")
 2014 3 Days to Kill (screenplay) / (story)
  Nikita (TV Series) (characters created by - 51 episodes, 2011 - 2013) (characters - 21 episodes, 2010 - 2011)
- Canceled (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Bubble (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Pay-Off (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Set-Up (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Dead or Alive (2013) ... (characters created by)
  No Limit (TV Series) (creator - 13 episodes, 2012 - 2013) (adaptation and dialogue - 4 episodes, 2013) (original idea - 4 episodes, 2012) (idea - 2 episodes, 2012) (teleplay - 2 episodes, 2012) (written by - 2 episodes, 2012)
- Panique chimique (2013) ... (creator)
- Vacances j'oublie tout (2013) ... (creator)
- Le prototype (2013) ... (adaptation and dialogue) / (creator)
- Mariage à haut risque (2013) ... (creator)
- Braquage à la marseillaise (2013) ... (adaptation and dialogue) / (creator)
 2013/I The Family (screenplay)
 2013 Un prince (presque) charmant (screenplay)
 2012 Taken 2 (based on characters created by) / (written by)
 2012 Lockout (based on an original idea by) / (screenplay by)
 2012 Blind Man (from an original idea by)
 2011 Colombiana (screenplay)
 2010 From Paris with Love (story)
 2009 Arthur and the Great Adventure (characters) / (screenplay - dialogues)
 2009 District 13: Ultimatum (scenario)
 2008 Transporter 3 (characters) / (written by)
 2008/I Taken (written by)
 2007 Taxi 4 (scenario)
 2006 Arthur and the Invisibles (book) / (written by)
 2006 Bandidas (written by)
 2005 Angel-A
 2005 Revolver (adaptation)
 2005 Transporter 2 (characters) / (written by)
 2005 Unleashed (written by)
 2004 District B13
 2004/I Taxi (earlier screenplay)
 2003 Michel Vaillant (screenplay)
 2003 Fanfan (writer)
 2003 Taxi 3 (scenario)
 2002 The Transporter (written by)
 2001 Wasabi
 2001 Kiss of the Dragon (screenplay)
 2001 Yamakasi (original idea) / (scenario)
  La Femme Nikita (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 81 episodes, 1997 - 2000) (characters - 15 episodes, 2000 - 2001)
- A Time for Every Purpose (2001) ... (characters)
- Let No Man Put Asunder (2001) ... (characters)
- The Evil That Men Do (2001) ... (characters)
- The Man Behind the Curtain (2001) ... (characters)
- All the World's a Stage (2001) ... (characters)
 2000 The Dancer (story)
 2000 Taxi 2
 1998 The Fifth Element (Video Game) (screenplay) / (story)
 1998/I Taxi (scenario)
 1997 The Fifth Element (screenplay by) / (story by)
 1994 Léon: The Professional (written by)
 1993 Point of No Return (film La Femme Nikita)
 1988 The Big Blue (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Kamikaze
 1985 Subway (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1984 Isabelle Adjani: Pull marine (Video short) (written by)
 1981 L'avant dernier (Short)
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Other Works:

TV commercial: Directed a commercial for Estee Lauder with Madonna's theme: "Love Profusion". See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 11 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) and changing audience habits] What happens today, you know, it's a little different than like 5 or 10 years ago. Because the way people consume the film is very different. Like people are very busy, so they go to the cinema, but you stay on screen like three weeks. Before when I start my movie, like The Fifth Element (1997) or Léon: ... See more »

Trivia:

Has written four 'Arthur' children's books, including "Arthur and the Minimoys". The series has sold more than 1 million copies in more than 30 countries. Besson later adapted the book series into films. See more »

Trademark:

As seen in Taxi and The Transporter, very distinctive car chase scenes focusing on very low camera shots very close to the front bumper of a fast moving (and often rather mundane) car (transporters Renault 5) with a lot of sideways swerving movment (though traffic or other). Nearly always to a French hiphop soundtrack. See more »

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