Netflix may be about to claim another big Hollywood scalp for its stable, with legendary French director Luc Besson said to be preparing to sign a multi-movie deal with the streaming company.
Besson, who directed classics including The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional, would have a $30 million budget per movie, with the flicks coming under the 'Netflix Originals' banner.
The deal could also expand to include the rights to the film library of EuropaCorp, Besson's production company, and even a stake in the company too. This would potentially give Netflix control of franchises including Taken, Taxi and The Transporter.
Besson bouncing back?
There's as much, if not more, to gain by Besson than Netflix from the deal. Last year's sci-fi epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, from the director flopped, leaving EuropaCorp $285 million in debt, and reducing its valuation to $73 million, a fall of 60% of the figure before the release of the movie.
But there's a pedigree to Besson that is no doubt attractive to Netflix, despite recent woes. Besson would be following in the footsteps of Mark Millar, the comic book legend responsible for Kingsman and Kick-Ass, whose company Millarworld was recently acquired by Netflix.
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