With "The Family", Luc Besson directs what could arguably be his highest-profile film since "The Fifth Element." Over the past 16 years, Besson has focused on directing smaller projects while continuing to deliver scripts for bigger releases like "Taken 2."
At the premiere of "The Family" on Tuesday night, Besson talked about the inspiration for the film. The source material for his screenplay came from a novel by popular French crime fiction author Tonino Benacquista called Malavita. Besson also drew on his own personal experience of displacement, as the French native has spent a lot of time in the United States and now lives in Normandy.
Besson also talked of a very 'low-key' shoot in Normandy, a project that might not have happened if Robert DeNiro didn't come aboard. Besson sent DeNiro a copy of the novel early on, because as he put it, "…he was the only one that [could] play the part."
"The Family" also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron, and opens this Friday. Special advanced shows start tonight.
Besson is currently busy directing his next film, "Lucy." It stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, and is expected to be released in 2014. He is also connected to the recently announced "Taken 3." He has partnered with Robert Mark Kamen on the screenplay for both of the previous films in the franchise.