robert de niro Filming Begins On Luc Bessons Malavita   Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones & Dianna Agron

Relativity Media and EuropaCorp have announced that principal photography has began today on Luc Besson’s (Taken, Léon, The Fifth Element) action-comedy ‘Malavita.’ ‘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” way. The film stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. The ‘Malavita’ script is adapted by Besson from the book ‘Badfellas’ by author Tonino Benacquista.

Collaborating with Luc Besson behind-the-scenes are 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). 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 film will bow in 2013 with Relativity handling US distribution as well as working with its foreign output partners on the film’s release in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Greece, Thailand and CIS. EuropaCorp will take on distribution in France and handle international sales. 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 executive produce.