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Robert DeNiro. Luc Besson. Dark comedy. Wine. Sounds pretty tasty, and soon we’ll be able to see for ourselves when Malavita comes to theaters next year. But for now things are just starting up. But by the still from the set it looks like everyone’s already deep in it.
A retired American gangster relocates his family to Normandy and lives under the witness protection program.
Read on for more info from the press release….
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) August 8, 2012 –Principal photography begins today on EuropaCorp and
Relativity’s comedic actioner Malavita directed by Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter) and starring
Oscar®-Winner Robert De Niro (Limitless, Heat), Oscar®-Nominee Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark
Shadows, People Like Us), Oscar®-Winner Tommy Lee Jones (No Country For Old Men, Men
in Black), Dianna Agron (Glee, I Am Number Four) and John D’Leo (The Wrestler, Wanderlust).
Collaborating with Besson behind the scenes is a creative below-the-line team including:
director of photography Thierry Arbogast (The Fifth Element), production designer Hugues
Tissandier (Taken), sound editor Ken Yasumoto (The Transporter), costume designer Olivier
Bériot (Taken) and editor Julien Rey (The Lady).
The darkly comedic action film Malavita is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family
who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do
their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family”
Filming commenced in Normandy and will continue in France at La Cité du Cinéma, where the
brand new Studios de Paris are located. Additional shooting will take place in New York….
The script is adapted by Besson from the book Badfellas by author Tonino Benacquista.
Virginie Besson-Silla (From Paris with Love) from EuropaCorp is producing. Relativity’s Ryan
Kavanaugh (The Fighter) is producing, while the studio’s Tucker Tooley (Immortals) will