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Luc Besson

Writer | Producer | Director
KNOWN FOR 
The Fifth Element (1997) | Léon: The Professional (1994) | Taken 2 (2012)
AWARDS 
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 21 nominations More »
BORN 
Mar 18, 1959 (age 57)
HEIGHT 
5' 8¼" (1.73m)

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Projects in Development (7 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
  • Primary photo for KurskKursk Executive Producer  Less 2017 Pre-Prod
  • Primary photo for Colombiana 2Colombiana 2 Producer, Writer  Less Treatment
  • Primary photo for Lucy 2Lucy 2 Producer, Writer  Less Pitch
  • Primary photo for Sea at WarSea at War Producer, Writer  Less Script
  • Primary photo for TakenTaken (TV Series) Writer (Created By), Executive Producer  Less Optioned
  • Primary photo for TwiceTwice Producer, Writer  Less
  • Primary photo for VolcanoVolcano Producer, Writer  Less
Films in Production (2 titles)YEARBUDGETSTATUS
Television in Production (1 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNTSTATUS
  • Primary photo for TakenTaken (TV Series) Executive Producer (1 episode, 2016)  Less 2016 1 Filming
    • Pilot (2016) Executive Producer  Less
Past Film & Video (105 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Warrior's GateWarrior's Gate Producer, Writer  Less 2016 $30MM
  • Primary photo for The Transporter RefueledThe Transporter Refueled Producer, Writer (Characters), Writer  Less 2015 $25MM $16MM
  • Primary photo for Taken 3Taken 3 Producer, Writer (Characters), Writer  Less 2014 $48MM $89MM
  • Primary photo for The HomesmanThe Homesman Producer  Less 2014 $16MM $2.4MM
  • Primary photo for LucyLucy Doctor (uncredited), Director, Writer  Less 2014 $40MM $127MM
  • Primary photo for Brick MansionsBrick Mansions Producer, Writer (Screenplay), Writer (Screenplay "Banlieue 13")  Less 2014 $28MM $20MM
  • Primary photo for 3 Days to Kill3 Days to Kill Writer (Screenplay), Writer (Story)  Less 2014 $28MM $31MM
  • Primary photo for The FamilyThe Family Director, Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2013 $30MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for MöbiusMöbius Thanks  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Un prince (presque) charmantUn prince (presque) charmant Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2013
  • Primary photo for Taken 2Taken 2 Producer, Writer (Based On Characters Created By), Writer  Less 2012 $45MM $140MM
  • Primary photo for LockoutLockout Executive Producer, Thanks, Writer (Original Idea), Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2012 $20MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for Blind ManBlind Man Producer, Writer (From An Original Idea By)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for A Monster in ParisA Monster in Paris Co-Producer  Less 2011 €25MM
  • Primary photo for The LadyThe Lady Director  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for La planqueLa planque Producer  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for ColombianaColombiana Producer, Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2011 $40MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for Halal police d'ÉtatHalal police d'État Producer  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-SecThe Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Director, Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2010 €25MM
  • Primary photo for Arthur 3: The War of the Two WorldsArthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds Director, Producer, Writer  Less 2010 €65MM
  • Primary photo for BabiesBabies Thanks  Less 2010 $7.3MM
  • Primary photo for 22 Bullets22 Bullets Co-Producer  Less 2010 €18MM
  • Primary photo for From Paris with LoveFrom Paris with Love Presenter, Writer (Story)  Less 2010 $52MM $23MM
  • Primary photo for Arthur and the Great AdventureArthur and the Great Adventure Director, Producer, Writer (Characters), Writer (Screenplay) (Dialogues)  Less 2009 €65MM
  • Primary photo for I Love You Phillip MorrisI Love You Phillip Morris Executive Producer  Less 2009 $13MM $2MM
  • Primary photo for District 13: UltimatumDistrict 13: Ultimatum Producer, Writer (Scenario)  Less 2009 €12MM $36K
  • Primary photo for Little New YorkLittle New York Co-Producer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Madonna: Celebration - The Video CollectionMadonna: Celebration - The Video Collection (Video) Director (videos: Love Profusion)  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for HomeHome Producer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Le missionnaireLe missionnaire Producer, Writer  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for TakenTaken Producer (uncredited), Writer  Less 2008 $25MM $145MM
  • Primary photo for Transporter 3Transporter 3 Producer, Writer (Characters), Writer  Less 2008 €30MM $31MM
  • Primary photo for The SecretThe Secret Executive Producer, Producer  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Michou d'AuberMichou d'Auber Executive Producer  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Frontier(s)Frontier(s) Co-Associate Producer, Sincere Thanks  Less 2007 $3MM
  • Primary photo for L'invitéL'invité Executive Producer  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Taxi 4Taxi 4 Producer, Writer (Scenario)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Tell No OneTell No One Very Special Thanks  Less 2006 €12MM $6.2MM
  • Primary photo for Love and Other DisastersLove and Other Disasters Executive Producer  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for Arthur and the InvisiblesArthur and the Invisibles Director, Producer, Writer (Book), Writer  Less 2006 $86MM $15MM
  • Primary photo for BandidasBandidas Producer, Writer  Less 2006 €32MM
  • Primary photo for DikkenekDikkenek Executive Producer (uncredited), Very Special Thanks  Less 2006 €3.8MM
  • Primary photo for RevolverRevolver Co-Producer, Writer (Adaptation)  Less 2005 $75K
  • Primary photo for Angel-AAngel-A Director, Producer, Writer  Less 2005 €15MM $202K
  • Primary photo for Color Me KubrickColor Me Kubrick Executive Producer  Less 2005 $71K
  • Primary photo for ImpostureImposture Producer  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Three BurialsThree Burials Producer  Less 2005 $15MM $5MM
  • Primary photo for The Black BoxThe Black Box Executive Producer (uncredited)  Less 2005 €8.4MM
  • Primary photo for Transporter 2Transporter 2 Producer, Writer (Characters), Writer  Less 2005 $32MM $43MM
  • Primary photo for Au suivant!Au suivant! Associate Producer, Co-Producer (uncredited)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for UnleashedUnleashed Producer, Writer  Less 2005 $45MM $25MM
  • Primary photo for District B13District B13 Producer, Writer  Less 2004 €12MM $1.2MM
  • Primary photo for The Story of My LifeThe Story of My Life Thanks  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Crimson Rivers 2: Angels of the ApocalypseCrimson Rivers 2: Angels of the Apocalypse Co-Producer, Writer  Less 2004 €30MM
  • Primary photo for TaxiTaxi Producer, Writer (Earlier Screenplay)  Less 2004 $25MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for À ton imageÀ ton image Associate Producer (uncredited)  Less 2004 €7.8MM
  • Primary photo for CheekyCheeky Co-Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Ong-Bak: The Thai WarriorOng-Bak: The Thai Warrior Executive Producer (uncredited)  Less 2003 $4.6MM
  • Primary photo for Bon voyageBon voyage Thanks (from Michèle et Laurent Pétin)  Less 2003 $20MM $2.4MM
  • Primary photo for Michel VaillantMichel Vaillant Co-Producer (uncredited), Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2003 €23MM
  • Primary photo for Zéro unZéro un Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Les côtelettesLes côtelettes Producer  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for FanfanFanfan Producer, Writer  Less 2003 €22MM $28K
  • Primary photo for I, CesarI, Cesar Co-Producer (uncredited)  Less 2003 €5.3MM
  • Primary photo for Taxi 3Taxi 3 Presenter, Producer, Writer (Scenario)  Less 2003 €14MM
  • Primary photo for Laughter and PunishmentLaughter and Punishment Associate Producer (uncredited), Thanks  Less 2003 €5.4MM
  • Primary photo for The Truth About CharlieThe Truth About Charlie Very Special Thanks  Less 2002 $5.3MM
  • Primary photo for The TransporterThe Transporter Camera Operator (underwater unit), Producer, Writer  Less 2002 $21MM $25MM
  • Primary photo for BlancheBlanche Co-Producer (uncredited)  Less 2002 €14MM
  • Primary photo for Asterix and Obelix Meet CleopatraAsterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra Additional Camera Operator  Less 2002 FRF 327MM
  • Primary photo for WasabiWasabi Producer, Writer  Less 2001 €15MM $82K
  • Primary photo for Kiss of the DragonKiss of the Dragon Producer, Writer (Screenplay)  Less 2001 $25MM $37MM
  • Primary photo for August 15thAugust 15th Producer  Less 2001 €7.5MM
  • Primary photo for All About LoveAll About Love Thanks  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for YamakasiYamakasi Writer (Original Idea), Writer (Scenario)  Less 2001 $15MM
  • Primary photo for L'Art (délicat) de la séductionL'Art (délicat) de la séduction Thanks  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Taxi 2Taxi 2 Boat Owner (uncredited), Producer, Writer  Less 2000 FRF 70MM $559K
  • Primary photo for ExitExit Associate Producer (uncredited)  Less 2000 FRF 4MM
  • Primary photo for The DancerThe Dancer Producer, Writer (Story)  Less 2000 FRF 77MM
  • Primary photo for Making of: TaxiMaking of: Taxi (Video) Himself (uncredited), Thanks  Less 2000
  • Primary photo for The Messenger: The Story of Joan of ArcThe Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Director, Co-Producer, Writer  Less 1999 FRF 390MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for TaxiTaxi Producer, Writer  Less 1998 FRF 53MM $138K
  • Primary photo for Nil by MouthNil by Mouth Producer  Less 1997 $9MM
  • Primary photo for The Fifth ElementThe Fifth Element Director, Writer (Screenplay By), Writer (Story By)  Less 1997 $93MM $64MM
  • Primary photo for Léon: The ProfessionalLéon: The Professional Director, Co-Producer (uncredited), Writer  Less 1994 FRF 115MM $32MM
  • Primary photo for De Serge Gainsbourg à Gainsbarre de 1958 - 1991De Serge Gainsbourg à Gainsbarre de 1958 - 1991 (Video) Director (segments: Mon légionnaire" 1988)  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for L'enfant lionL'enfant lion Executive Producer (uncredited)  Less 1993 $105K
  • Primary photo for Point of No ReturnPoint of No Return Writer (Film La Femme Nikita)  Less 1993 $30MM
  • Primary photo for Arrête ton cinémaArrête ton cinéma (Short) Producer, Thanks  Less 1992
  • Primary photo for AtlantisAtlantis Cinematographer, Director, Editor, Co-Producer  Less 1991 $138K
  • Primary photo for Lune froideLune froide Producer  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for La Femme NikitaLa Femme Nikita Director, Co-Producer (uncredited), Lyrics ("The Dark Side of Time") (uncredited), Writer  Less 1990 FRF 50MM $5MM
  • Primary photo for Au coeur de Nikita (The Making of Nikita)Au coeur de Nikita (The Making of Nikita) (Video) Himself, Producer  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for The Big BlueThe Big Blue Blond Diver (uncredited), Camera Operator (underwater unit), Director, Co-Producer (uncredited), Lyrics ("MY LADY BLUE"), Writer (Screenplay), Writer (Story)  Less 1988 FRF 80MM $3.5MM
  • Primary photo for KamikazeKamikaze Producer, Writer  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for Taxi BoyTaxi Boy Technical Advisor  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for SubwaySubway The Subway Driver (uncredited), Director, Producer, Writer (Dialogue), Writer (Scenario)  Less 1985 FRF 17MM
  • Primary photo for The Making of 'Subway'The Making of 'Subway' (Video) Producer  Less 1985 FRF 120K
  • Primary photo for Ne quittez pasNe quittez pas (Short) Le pompier #2, Producer  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Pull marinePull marine (Short) Director  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle)Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Le grand carnavalLe grand carnaval Second Equipment Director  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for Les bidasses aux grandes manoeuvresLes bidasses aux grandes manoeuvres Assistant Director, Casting Director  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for L'avant dernierL'avant dernier (Short) Le monstre de la fin (uncredited), Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1981
  • Primary photo for Deux lions au soleilDeux lions au soleil Trainee Assistant Director  Less 1980
Past Television (9 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Taxi BrooklynTaxi Brooklyn (TV Series) Writer (Based Upon The Film "Taxi" Written By) (12 episodes, 2014)  Less 2014 12
    • Revenge (Sep 10, 2014) Writer (Based Upon The Film "Taxi" Written By)  Less
    • Frenchmen Can't Jump (Sep 3, 2014) Writer (Based Upon The Film "Taxi" Written By)  Less
    • The Longest Night (Aug 27, 2014) Writer (Based Upon The Film "Taxi" Written By)  Less
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  • Primary photo for NikitaNikita (TV Series) Writer (Characters Created By) (51 episodes, 2011–2013), Writer (Characters) (21 episodes, 2010–2011)  Less 2010–2013 72
    • Canceled (Dec 27, 2013) Writer (Characters Created By)  Less
    • Bubble (Dec 20, 2013) Writer (Characters Created By)  Less
    • Pay-Off (Dec 13, 2013) Writer (Characters Created By)  Less
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  • Primary photo for No LimitNo Limit (TV Series) Writer (Creator) (13 episodes, 2012–2013), Producer (12 episodes, 2012–2013), Writer (Adaptation And Dialogue) (6 episodes, 2012–2013), Writer (Idea) (6 episodes, 2012), Writer (Scenario, Adaptation And Dialogue) (2 episodes, 2012)  Less 2012–2013 13
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  • Primary photo for Transporter: The SeriesTransporter: The Series (TV Series) Executive Producer (10 episodes, 2012–2013), Writer (Based On Characters Created By) (8 episodes, 2012)  Less 2012–2013 12
    • Cherchez la femme (Dec 20, 2012) Executive Producer  Less
    • Hot Ice (Dec 6, 2012) Executive Producer  Less
    • The Switch (Oct 25, 2012) Writer (Based On Characters Created By)  Less
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  • Primary photo for Valérian & LaurelineValérian & Laureline (TV Series) Producer  Less 2007– 
  • Primary photo for Arthur and the Invisibles: The Making of the Year's Greatest AdventureArthur and the Invisibles: The Making of the Year's Greatest Adventure (TV Movie) Director (uncredited)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for ConfessionConfession (TV Movie) Associate Producer  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for La Femme NikitaLa Femme Nikita (TV Series) Writer (Based On Characters Created By) (81 episodes, 1997–2000), Writer (Characters) (15 episodes, 2000–2001)  Less 1997–2001 96
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  • Primary photo for HBO First LookHBO First Look (TV Series) Special Thanks (2 episodes, 1994–1999), Himself (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994–1999 2
Self (46 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for 2016 MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show2016 MTV Movie Awards Pre-Show (TV Special) Himself - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets  Less 2016
  • Primary photo for Cinéast(e)sCinéast(e)s (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2015)  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for La nuit des CésarsLa nuit des Césars (TV Series) Himself / Himself - César du meilleur réalisateur (3 episodes, 1991–2015)  Less 1991–2015
  • Primary photo for Lucy: Cerebral Capacity - The True Science of LucyLucy: Cerebral Capacity - The True Science of Lucy (Video) Himself  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Lucy: The Evolution of LucyLucy: The Evolution of Lucy (Video) Himself  Less 2015
  • Primary photo for Le grand journal de Canal+Le grand journal de Canal+ (TV Series) Himself (10 episodes, 2005–2014)  Less 2005–2014
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  • Primary photo for Hollywood's Best Film DirectorsHollywood's Best Film Directors (TV Series) Himself - Interviewee / Film Director (1 episode)  Less 2009–2014
    • Luce Besson Himself - Interviewee / Film Director  Less
  • Primary photo for Charlie RoseCharlie Rose (TV Series) Himself - Guest / Himself (2 episodes, 1997–2013)  Less 1997–2013
  • Primary photo for Rencontres de cinémaRencontres de cinéma (TV Series) Himself / Herself (3 episodes, 2010–2012)  Less 2010–2012
  • Primary photo for Janela IndiscretaJanela Indiscreta (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2012)  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Ce soir (ou jamais!)Ce soir (ou jamais!) (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for On n'est pas couchéOn n'est pas couché (TV Series) Himself (4 episodes, 2007–2011)  Less 2007–2011
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  • Primary photo for Avant-premièresAvant-premières (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for La traversée du miroirLa traversée du miroir (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Vivement dimanche prochainVivement dimanche prochain (TV Series) Himself (3 episodes, 2007–2011)  Less 2007–2011
  • Primary photo for Efter TioEfter Tio (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for The Fabulous Picture ShowThe Fabulous Picture Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Belmondo, itinéraire...Belmondo, itinéraire... (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Cannes Film Festival 2011Cannes Film Festival 2011 (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Luc Besson: CinémascopeLuc Besson: Cinémascope (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Vivement dimancheVivement dimanche (TV Series) Himself (Interview) / Himself - Main Guest (2 episodes, 2006–2010)  Less 2006–2010
  • Primary photo for C à vousC à vous (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2010)  Less 2010
  • Primary photo for Taken: Avant PremiereTaken: Avant Premiere (Video) Himself  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for CinémasCinémas (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for TroldspejletTroldspejlet (TV Series) Himself - Director (1 episode, 2009)  Less 2009
  • Primary photo for Stockholms 20th International Film FestivalStockholms 20th International Film Festival (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2009 SEK 50K
  • Primary photo for L'hebdo cinémaL'hebdo cinéma (TV Series) Himself (3 episodes, 2005–2009)  Less 2005–2009
  • Primary photo for Diálogos de cineDiálogos de cine (TV Movie) Himself  Less 2008
  • Primary photo for Eigo de shabera-nightEigo de shabera-night (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for Up Close with Carrie KeaganUp Close with Carrie Keagan (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2007)  Less 2007
  • Primary photo for CreatorsCreators (TV Series) Himself (1 episode)  Less 2006–2007
  • Primary photo for HARDtalk ExtraHARDtalk Extra (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2006)  Less 2006
  • Primary photo for CAUETiviCAUETivi (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2005)  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for On ne peut pas plaire à tout le mondeOn ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde (TV Series) Himself (6 episodes, 2002–2005)  Less 2002–2005
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  • Primary photo for Cut Killer ShowCut Killer Show Self  Less 2005
  • Primary photo for Le making of 'Taxi 3'Le making of 'Taxi 3' (Video) Himself  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for Comme au cinémaComme au cinéma (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2003)  Less 2003
  • Primary photo for 20 heures le journal20 heures le journal (TV Series) Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2001)  Less 2001
  • Primary photo for Bouillon de cultureBouillon de culture (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1999)  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Ôsama no buranchiÔsama no buranchi (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Déjà dimancheDéjà dimanche (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1995)  Less 1995
  • Primary photo for HBO First LookHBO First Look (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994
  • Primary photo for Champs-ElyséesChamps-Elysées (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for L'aventure du Grand BleuL'aventure du Grand Bleu (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Cinéma cinémasCinéma cinémas (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Victoires de la musiqueVictoires de la musique (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1985)  Less 1985
Archive Footage (2 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
Other (1 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for The Fifth ElementThe Fifth Element (Video Game) Writer (Screenplay), Writer (Story)  Less 1998

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