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Martin Scorsese to Serve as Executive Producer on Luc Besson's MALAVITA

February 8
6:22 2013

Martin Scorsese to Serve as Executive Producer on Luc Besson's MALAVITAAcclaimed director Martin Scorsese has officially signed on to executive produce Luc Besson's MALAVITA, EuropaCorp and Relativity Media announced.

Scorsese joins Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Virginie Silla as a producer.

The darkly comedic action film stars De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D'Leo. It follows 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" way.

Filming on MALAVITA is set to begin shortly in France, with the studios giving the film a tentative October domestic release date.

With a celebrated career now spanning six decades, Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history. A cinematic master, his works include such iconic films as "Goodfellas," "Taxi Driver," "Mean Streets," "Raging Bull," "Casino," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "Shutter Island," and "The Departed."

The acclaimed director, producer and screenwriter is one of the most decorated filmmakers of all time and continues to delight critics and audiences alike with his most recent work, "Hugo," a multiple Academy Award winning film that not only marked the director's first foray into 3D but is also his first adventure film for all the family. Scorsese has also made a number of ground-breaking documentaries including celebrated music films "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan," "Shine a Light" and "George Harrison: Living in the Material World."

He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director seven times before earning one in 2007 for The Departed. Scorsese's additional awards and honors include the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival (1995), the AFI Life Achievement Award (1997), the Honoree at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 25th Gala Tribute (1998), the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), The Kennedy Center Honors (2007) and the HFPA Cecil B. DeMille Award (2010).

Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history. In 2007 Scorsese launched the World Cinema Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of neglected films from around the world, with special attention paid to those developing countries lacking the financial and technical resources to do the work themselves. Scorsese is the founder and chair.

Photo Credit: Gregory Pace / BEImages

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