Dec 08
2018

Following speculation that EuropaCorp will shutter its French film distribution arm, the company announced it is entering into a three-year distribution partnership with Pathe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That means director Luc Besson’s Anna, starring Helen Mirren, will get a French release even as the beleaguered company faces financial troubles. Nous Finerons Ensemble, starring Guillaume Canet will also fall under this deal. EuropaCorp had pushed back the releases as it tried to find a distribution partner. Anna was moved from a planned Jan. 2 bow to a March 27 opening in France. Lionsgate, which has U.S. rights to Anna, has shelved the film for now. “We’re delighted to partner with Pathé, and to share our savoir-faire and enthusiasm with them,” said Besson. A spokesperson for EuropaCorp painted the news as a positive for the company as they face the next round of financial results on Dec. 14. “This partnership allows us to have the best of both worlds: reduce our overhead, manage our distribution and work with the best talents in France,” they said. The decision to partner with Pathe comes as EuropaCorp is trying to reduce its overhead as the company is in financial peril after the global disappointment of Besson’s $180 million to $200 million sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Besson also faces legal peril after Belgian actress Sand Van Roy accused Besson of raping her, sparking a police investigation. On Nov. 28, five more woman came forward in a report in French investigative magazine Mediapart, alleging sexual misconduct. In total, nine separate woman have accused the director of sexual assault and harassment.

Oct 09
2017

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Helen Mirren and Luke Evans are set to topline Luc Besson’s Anna, with Lionsgate coming on board to co-produce and distribute. Anna, written and directed by Besson, will be produced by his EuropaCorp shingle and starts production in November. The film will be released under Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate UK released Besson’s last movie, the big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, in the U.K. market. Anna features Mirren, Evans and Cillian Murphy, with Russian model Sasha Luss playing the titular role of Anna. “We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions & co-productions Jason Constantine said in a statement. Marc Shmuger will produce for EuropaCorp. Peter Nichols of Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler & Feldman negotiated the deal for Besson and also reps Luss. No further information on the storyline have been released yet.