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Relativity Media Will Co-Finance Luc Besson's Next Two Films: "Three Days to Kill" and "Malavita" with De Niro

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 25, 2012 at 1:13PM

Relativity Media struck a co-production and co-financing deal with Luc Besson's ("The Lady," "Taken," "Transporter") EuropaCorp on his two upcoming action flicks, "Three Days to Kill" and "Malavita" with Robert De Niro...
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Relativity Media struck a co-production and co-financing deal with Luc Besson's ("The Lady," "Taken," "Transporter") EuropaCorp on his two upcoming action flicks, "Three Days to Kill" and "Malavita" with Robert De Niro.

Besson adapted the "Malavita" script from Tonino Benacquista's book "Badfellas." The studio describes the film as a "darkly comedic auctioneer" about a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. Filming begins in Paris this July, with additional shooting slated for Normandy and New York.

Relativity describes "Three Days to Kill" as "a tense, gripping action tale with a sense of humor." Besson and Adi Hasak ("From Paris With Love") wrote the script, which centers on Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner as he discovers he's dying, decides to retire and reconnect with his estranged family, only to be interrupted with another mission and an experimental drug that could save his life.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.