Thursday, 12 March 2009

The French Action Hero

Back in the 80s and 90s I was a big fan of Luc Besson. Le Dernier Battle, Nikita, The Big Blue, Leon (aka The Professional) all rocked my world to varying degrees and I even liked The Fifth Element. But then Besson decided he wanted to be a producer instead of director and run his own studio to boot. He's been very successful at it, churning out a series of internationally successful movies, among them the Transporter series and Taken which has been a sleeper hit in the US this year. Here's how he did it, in the words of screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen who's written most of them.


Gerard said...

OFFTOPIC: I hear tell you've a rather excellent and exciting article in D23 Magazine - any clues as to how one could procure a copy of said publication, perchance?

Stram said...

It's funny how, in France, Besson is either loved or hated - but everyone has an opinion about him. He kind of built a image for the media which is not the best one I guess!