Luc Besson is Teaming Up with Angelina Jolie for a 'Big Scale' Movie
Well, what do we have here? Another brand new project from Luc Besson that will star his latest muse, Angelina Jolie? Yep, that's what it sounds like. Deadline is reporting that Besson's company Europacorp is developing and co-financing and even has US distribution in the works. But despite all that we don't really know a title, or what it's about, besides a few pieces that have been let out, including that it's an "untitled big scale movie written and directed by Luc Besson." Big scale, as in sci-fi, I'm hoping? Not quite, as they go on to call it a "dramatic thriller that is rooted in true scientific elements." Interesting, very interesting.
While Besson has worked with Natalie Portman, Milla Jovovich, Michelle Yeoh, Rie Rasmussen, Louise Bourgoin, Faye Dunaway, Madonna and even Maïwenn, he has never worked with Angelina Jolie before. But the report says the two are in "serious talks" to work on this project, which might start shooting next spring. While no other details are given, including whether this might indeed be sci-fi (I'm hoping it is), Deadline hints that "this film sounds like a closer cousin to early Besson efforts like The Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element." We can only hope. Besson is currently finishing up and ready to release The Lady, a strong late Oscar contender this year starring Michelle Yeoh as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi.
Angeline Jolie, just the same, is finishing up and ready to release a film she directed, In the Land of Blood and Honey. But word is that she'll move right into acting again as this "big scale" Besson project would be next for her, then she'd also move onto a historical epic with Ridley Scott about explorer/writer Gertrude Bell that Jeffrey Caine (GoldenEye, The Constant Gardener, Purple Mountain) is currently rewriting. Some interesting prospects for her as well. This new Besson one must be a very intriguing project if both Jolie and Besson are considering jumping into it right away. Deadline also adds "there's a high likelihood that both films will land at the same studio," but no names have been named just yet. We'll have to keep you updated!