Luc Besson

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Admired in the U. S. as an ersatz French Steven Spielberg and reviled by his home country's critical elite as the man who ruined Franco cinema, writer-director-producer Luc Besson was inarguably one of the most ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1959 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Producer (68)

Nine Lives 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Transporter Refueled 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Transporter The Series 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blind Man 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Homesman 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Warrior's Gate 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

22 Bullets 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Intersection 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mobius 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

A L'Aveugle 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taken 2 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Monster in Paris 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Colombiana 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Home 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arthur and the Two Worlds War 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

District 13: Ultimatum 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Federal 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

I Love You Phillip Morris 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Arthur and The War Of Two Worlds 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Human Zoo 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Missionnaire 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Staten Island 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taken 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Frontier(s) 2008 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Go Fast 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tell No One 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Angel-A 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hitman 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Michou D'Auber 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 4 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

District B13 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Very Best Friend 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quand J'Etais Chanteur 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yamakasi 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cheeky 2003 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Fanfan la Tulipe 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Felicità non costa niente 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 3 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Turbulence Des Fluides 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Les Cotelettes 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Transporter 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wasabi 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiss of the Dragon 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 2 2000 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

The Dancer 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nil By Mouth 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Taxi 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Professional 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

L' Enfant Lion 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cold Moon 1991 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Kamikaze 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Subway 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Le Dernier Combat 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (63)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taken 3 2015 (Movie)

(based on characters created by) (Source Material)

The Transporter Refueled 2015 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

The Transporter Refueled 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

3 Days to Kill 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

3 Days to Kill 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blind Man 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

Brick Mansions 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Brick Mansions 2014 (Movie)

(from screenplay: "District B13") (Source Material)

Lucy 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi Brooklyn 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Source Material

Warrior's Gate 2014 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

Intersection 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lockout 2012 (Movie)

from an original idea (Writer)

Lockout 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taken 2 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Colombiana 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arthur and the Two Worlds War 2010 (Movie)

(Writer)

District 13: Ultimatum 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

From Paris With Love 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

Arthur and The War Of Two Worlds 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard 2009 (Movie)

(from book: "Arthur Et La Cite Interdite") (Source Material)

Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Taken 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Transporter 3 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angel-A 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi 4 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

District B13 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bandidas 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2 2005 (Movie)

(from characters) (Source Material)

Unleashed 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi 2004 (Movie)

(from film written by) (Source Material)

Yamakasi 2004 (Movie)

(Idea) (Story By)

Yamakasi 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fanfan la Tulipe 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Michel Valliant 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi 3 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Transporter 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wasabi 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiss of the Dragon 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Femme Nikita 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Story By

Taxi 2 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Dancer 2000 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Dancer 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Taxi 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Professional 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

from screenplay("Nikita") (From Story)

La Femme Nikita 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kamikaze 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Subway 1985 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Subway 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Le Dernier Combat 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (18)

Lucy 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

The Lady 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Arthur and the Two Worlds War 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Arthur and The War Of Two Worlds 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Arthur and the Vengeance of Maltazard 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Angel-A 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Messenger: the Story of Joan of Arc 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Professional 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Atlantis 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

La Femme Nikita 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Subway 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Dernier Combat 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Le Grand Carnaval 1982 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Camera, Film, & Tape (3)

The Fifth Element 1997 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Atlantis 1993 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

(submarine crew) (Camera Operator)
Music (2)

La Femme Nikita 1991 (Movie)

("The Dark Side of Time") (Song)

The Big Blue 1988 (Movie)

lyrics("My Lady Blue") (Theme Lyrics)
Other (2)

The Dancer 2000 (Movie)

from idea (Other)

Taxi Boy 1986 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Biography

Admired in the U. S. as an ersatz French Steven Spielberg and reviled by his home country's critical elite as the man who ruined Franco cinema, writer-director-producer Luc Besson was inarguably one of the most commercially successful and prolific filmmakers ever to emerge from Europe. After establishing the slick, visual aesthetic known as "Cinéma du look" with early efforts like "Subway" (1985), "The Big Blue" (1988) and "La Femme Nikita" (1990), Besson officially crossed over to Hollywood with the films "The Professional" (1994) and "The Fifth Element" (1997). Following the disappointment of his historical epic "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" (1999), he returned - usually as a writer-producer - to stories featuring hard luck heroes and spectacular chase sequences in genre movies like "Kiss of the Dragon" (2001), "The Transporter" (2002) and "Unleashed" (2005). Amongst the numerous writing and producing projects, Besson occasionally directed more personal films, among them the low-budget fantasy-romance "Angel-A" (2005) and the family adventure "Arthur and the Invisibles" (2006), based on a series of books authored by Besson himself. Even as he neared the 30-year mark in his career, Besson continued to rack up impressive writer-producer credits on such international smash hits as "Taken" (2008). A self professed purveyor of populist entertainment, Besson's strongest response to his detractors was his lengthy career - one that allowed him the freedom to produce precisely the films he wanted to make.

Relationships

Maïwenn Actor

Companion
Had one daughter Shana Besson No longer together

Juliette Besson

Daughter
Born 1987; mother, Anne Parillaud Fell ill while he was editing "The Big Blue" (1988); Besson dedicated the film to her

Satine Besson

Daughter
Born May 2003; mother, Virginie Silla

Shana Besson

Daughter
Born 1993; mother, Maiwenn Le Besco

Talia Besson

Daughter
Born Aug. 1, 2001; mother, Virginie Silla

Mao Besson

Son
Born Sept. 16, 2005; mother, Virginie Silla

Milla Jovovich Actor

Wife
Met when he directed her in "The Fifth Element" (1997) Married on Dec. 14, 1997 Divorced June 12, 1999

Anne Parillaud Actor

Wife
Married 1986 Parillaud played title role in Besson's "La Femme Nikita" (1990) Divorced 1991

Virginie Silla Producer

Wife
Married Aug. 28, 2004

EDUCATION

Dropped out of secondary school at age 17 to begin work in films

Milestones

2012

Co-wrote action thriller "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace; also executive produced

2012

Returned to co-write screenplay for action sequel "Taken 2," starring Neeson

2011

Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Colombiana," starring Zoe Saldana

2010

Co-wrote the action film "From Paris with Love"

2008

Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Taken," starring Liam Neeson

2006

Directed the feature film adaptation of the 2002 children's book "Arthur et les Minimoys/Arthur and the Invisibles"

2006

Penned the French martial arts melodrama "District B13"

2005

Co-wrote with Robert Kamen, the screenplay for "The Transporter 2"; re-teamed with Jason Statham

2005

Wrote the screenplay for "Unleashed," starring Jet Li and Morgan Freeman

2004

Scripted an early screenplay of the U.S. version of "Taxi"; also produced

2002

Wrote and produced "The Transporter," starring Jason Statham

2001

Scripted the film "Wasabi" about a French detective on a case in Tokyo

2001

Produced and co-wrote "Kiss of the Dragon," starring Jet Li and Bridget Fonda

2000

Produced and provided the idea for Fred Garson's (second assistant director on "The Fifth Element") feature directing debut, "The Dancer"

2000

Director's cut of "The Big Blue" released in the U.S.

1999

Helmed "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc," starring Jovovich in the title role

1998

Scripted and produced Gerard Pires' "Taxi"

1997

Scored big hit with the sci-fi comic book adaptation "The Fifth Element"; film starred future wife Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis

1997

Produced Oldman's writing and directing debut, "Nil By Mouth"

1994

Produced, directed and wrote first American film "The Professional"; initial collaboration with Gary Oldman; fifth film with actor Jean Reno

1993

Executive produced Patrick Grandperret's "L'Enfant Lion"

1991

Made the little-seen documentary "Atlantis"; also shared cinematography duties as well as directing

1990

Directed and wrote the stylish and compelling "La Femme Nikita"; also starred Jean Reno as 'The Cleaner'

1988

Returned to his first love with "The Big Blue" about famed diver Jacques Mayol; third film with Jean Reno and first English-language film

1986

Produced first film that he did not also direct, "Kamikaze"; also wrote screenplay

1985

Directed Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert in "Subway"

1983

Worked as second unit director on "Le Grand Carnaval"

1983

At age 24 directed first film "Le Dernier Combat," co-starring Jean Reno; also co-wrote and co-produced with Pierre Jolivet

1982

Founded production company Les Film du Loup

1976

Turned down by France's national film school at age 17

Worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret

Bonus Trivia

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Besson originally wanted to become a marine biologist until a diving accident, which left him unable to dive forced him to think about an alternative.

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About dreaming up the world that would become "The Fifth Element" (1997) as a bored adolescent: "I was living in the country, 60 miles from Paris, and I was pretty lonely, no VCR, no TV, no cinema where I was. I didn't have so many friends. I tried to invent how this world works, what the police are like, how the buildings work. This world, where I can fly in my flying cab, was more fun for me. It was my companion. It was a way to escape instead of taking drugs and stealing motorbikes." – Luc Besson to USA Today, May 8, 1997

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He served as president of the jury at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

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