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Luc Besson

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Birthplace:   Paris, France
Considered the French equivalent of Steven Spielberg, filmmaker Luc Besson has a reputation for creating fast-paced, ultra-stylish, and hugely budgeted films with mass appeal. The son of two scuba instructors, he was born in Paris on March 18, 1959, and spent most of his youth following his parents on the club Med circuit between Greece and Yugoslavia. Like his parents, Besson was an avid diver. At the age of ten, he swam with a wild dolphin while his parents were on a dive. The experience so moved him that he decided to devote his life to observing and understanding the sea mammals by becoming a marine biologist. Living in such close harmony with the ocean had a profound effect on Besson; the idea for his film The Big Blue was born after an Italian filmmaker showed him footage of world champion free diver Jacques Mayol descending 92 meters on one breath of air. Before it became a screenplay, the film was a story Besson titled Le Petit Siren.Besson's dreams of becoming a marine biologist were dashed at the age of 17 after an accident that rendered him unable to dive. Following his recovery, he moved to Paris to finish school. While readjusting to city life, Besson discovered television and the cinema. They soon replaced his passion for the sea, and he decided to pursue a filmmaking career; after dropping out of school, he began seeing nearly a dozen films per week. He also began toying with the possibilities of Super-8 film. At 19, Besson went to Hollywood and spent three years working on and learning about American films. The influence of the experience led one critic to claim that Besson's films are really just American films made in France. Later, Besson served in the military and subsequently spent three years as an assistant director. He also continued experimenting with different types of film and making an occasional music video. One of his short films, L'Avant-Dernier, was a precursor to his 1983 feature directorial debut, the grim, future-set, sci-fi drama Le Dernier Combat/The Last Battle (1983). Essentially a silent film boasting exceptional camerawork, it won two of the highest prizes awarded at the prestigious Avoriaz Science Fiction Film Festival and 18 more at various other international festivals. All in all, it marked an amazingly auspicious debut for its 24-year-old director. Around the time he was making the film, Besson also founded his own production company, Films of the Wolf.Besson's second film, Subway (1985), was a freewheeling and funny crime drama set entirely within the Paris Metro that examined the lives of the punks and fringe dwellers who lived there. In tone and style, the film has been compared to a rock video and has become a cult favorite in France. Besson then went all out for his third film, The Big Blue (1988), which was shot in English. Considered his most personal work, it reflected 12 years of development and was heavily influenced by his experience of seeing the Mayol film and a later meeting with the great diver. The ocean plays a primary role in the story about a free-diver who must choose between his love for a woman and his passion for the sea. An unprecedented success in Europe, the film bombed in the U.K. and the U.S. largely due to inept editing, a different ending, and a new soundtrack; even in its mutilated form, however, the movie could still be appreciated for Besson's use of his trademark breathtaking wide-angle shots. The director later received some degree of justice when a three-hour director's cut was released. Besson's biggest hit came in 1990 with Nikita (or La Femme Nikita, as it was known in the U.S.), the lightning-paced tale of a troubled young woman who is turned into a sophisticated and deadly government assassin. Starring Besson's then-wife Anne Parillaud, the film was a sexy, intelligent thriller. It was no surprise, therefore, that it inspired a U.S. remake, Point of No Return (1993), and a television series on the USA cable network. Besson's next feature fil

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$38.4M 2017
43% Enter The Warriors Gate (Warrior's Gate)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Renegades
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2017
15% The Transporter Refueled
  • Producer
2015
11% Taken 3
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2015
81% The Homesman
  • Producer
2014
67% Lucy
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$108.6M 2014
27% Brick Mansions
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2014
No Score Yet Untitled McG Sci-Fi/Adventure Project
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2014
28% 3 Days To Kill
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2014
42% 22 Bullets
  • Producer
2013
29% The Family
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$34.6M 2013
No Score Yet Intersections (Collision)
  • Producer
2013
No Score Yet Un prince (presque) charmant
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2013
21% Taken 2
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$139.9M 2012
38% Lockout
  • Screenwriter
$14.3M 2012
33% The Lady
  • Director
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet À l'aveugle
  • Producer
2012
27% Colombiana
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$36.7M 2011
20% Arthur and the Invisibles 3: Arthur and the War of Two Worlds
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2011
85% A Monster in Paris
  • Producer
$1.1M 2011
83% Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$0.2M 2010
72% I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Executive Producer
$2.1M 2010
No Score Yet Coursier
  • Producer
2010
37% From Paris with Love
  • Producer
$24M 2010
No Score Yet Arthur, L'aventure 4d
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2010
0% Arthur and the Great Adventure
  • Director
$0.2M 2010
14% Arthur and the Invisibles 2: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2009
25% Staten Island (Little New York)
  • Producer
2009
73% Banlieue 13 - Ultimatum (District 13: Ultimatum)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2009
58% Taken
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$145M 2009
No Score Yet Le Missionnaire (Hallelujah!)
  • Producer
2009
37% Transporter 3
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$31.4M 2008
15% Hitman
  • Producer
$39.7M 2007
50% Color Me Kubrick
  • Executive Producer
$37.7k 2007
No Score Yet Taxi 4
  • Screenwriter
2007
21% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
$15.1M 2007
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)
  • Producer
$6.1M 2006
62% Bandidas
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2006
20% Love and Other Disasters
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2006
80% District B13 (Banlieue 13)
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$1.2M 2006
No Score Yet The Secret
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2006
85% The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
  • Producer
$5M 2006
44% Angel-A
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2005
17% Revolver
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$42.3k 2005
52% Transporter 2
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$43.1M 2005
65% Unleashed
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$24.4M 2005
10% Taxi
  • Producer
2004
No Score Yet Les rivières pourpres II : Les anges de l'apocalypse
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet Michel Vaillant
  • Screenwriter
2003
No Score Yet Taxi 3
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2003
17% Fanfan La Tulipe
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2003
54% The Transporter
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$25.3M 2002
43% Wasabi
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2001
51% Kiss of the Dragon
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
$34.8M 2001
No Score Yet 15 août
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet The Dancer
  • Screenwriter
2000
No Score Yet Taxi 2
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1999
65% Nil by Mouth
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Taxi
  • Screenwriter
1998
72% The Fifth Element
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1997
71% Léon: The Professional
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1994
No Score Yet Sirga
  • Producer
1994
No Score Yet Lune froide (Cold Moon)
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Atlantis
  • Director
1991
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1990
63% The Big Blue
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$81.3k 1988
86% Subway
  • Screenwriter
1985
No Score Yet Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) (The Last Combat)
  • Director
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
35% Taken
2017
  • Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Transporter: The Series
2014-2015
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Transporter
2012
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
78% Nikita
2010-2013
  • Screenwriter
38% Taxi Brooklyn
2014
  • Screenwriter

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