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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 18, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: Producer ...
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1976:
Turned down by France's national film school at age 17
:
Worked as an assistant to directors including Claude Faraldo and Patrick Grandperret
1982:
Founded production company Les Film du Loup
1983:
Worked as second unit director on "Le Grand Carnaval"
1983:
At age 24 directed first film "Le Dernier Combat," co-starring Jean Reno; also co-wrote and co-produced with Pierre Jolivet
1985:
Directed Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert in "Subway"
1986:
Produced first film that he did not also direct, "Kamikaze"; also wrote screenplay
1988:
Returned to his first love with "The Big Blue" about famed diver Jacques Mayol; third film with Jean Reno and first English-language film
1990:
Directed and wrote the stylish and compelling "La Femme Nikita"; also starred Jean Reno as 'The Cleaner'
1991:
Made the little-seen documentary "Atlantis"; also shared cinematography duties as well as directing
1993:
Executive produced Patrick Grandperret's "L'Enfant Lion"
1994:
Produced, directed and wrote first American film "The Professional"; initial collaboration with Gary Oldman; fifth film with actor Jean Reno
1997:
Scored big hit with the sci-fi comic book adaptation "The Fifth Element"; film starred future wife Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis
1997:
Produced Oldman's writing and directing debut, "Nil By Mouth"
1998:
Scripted and produced Gerard Pires' "Taxi"
1999:
Helmed "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc," starring Jovovich in the title role
2000:
Produced and provided the idea for Fred Garson's (second assistant director on "The Fifth Element") feature directing debut, "The Dancer"
2000:
Director's cut of "The Big Blue" released in the U.S.
2001:
Produced and co-wrote "Kiss of the Dragon," starring Jet Li and Bridget Fonda
2001:
Scripted the film "Wasabi" about a French detective on a case in Tokyo
2002:
Wrote and produced "The Transporter," starring Jason Statham
2004:
Scripted an early screenplay of the U.S. version of "Taxi"; also produced
2005:
Wrote the screenplay for "Unleashed," starring Jet Li and Morgan Freeman
2005:
Co-wrote with Robert Kamen, the screenplay for "The Transporter 2"; re-teamed with Jason Statham
2006:
Penned the French martial arts melodrama "District B13"
2006:
Directed the feature film adaptation of the 2002 children's book "Arthur et les Minimoys/Arthur and the Invisibles"
2008:
Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Taken," starring Liam Neeson
2010:
Co-wrote the action film "From Paris with Love"
2011:
Co-wrote and produced the action thriller "Colombiana," starring Zoe Saldana
2012:
Co-wrote action thriller "Lockout," starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace; also executive produced
2012:
Returned to co-write screenplay for action sequel "Taken 2," starring Neeson

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