{TB EXCLUSIVE} Luc Besson To Produce Thriller “The Sentence” With “Olympus Has Fallen” Scribes To Pen

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  〉The trio worked together on the upcoming action/thriller Twice

Action veteran to set to produce original thriller via his banner. The high-concept revenge pic, which is being pitched as Taken meets The Purge, is set in a future where an eye for an eye is law and a victim is granted 24 hours to take revenge against someone who murders their loved one.

The Sentence follows a father who, after killing a criminal while protecting his son during a home invasion, must then take up arms against a horde of the victim’s deadly cohorts as they descend upon him and his family.

Besson is a stable in the revenge genre, having produced and scripted the iconic Taken series and the long-running Transporter series. Olympus Has Fallen scribes and , who themselves are all too familiar with the genre, will pen. Europa’s Director of Development will oversee for the company.

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Photo: Benedikt, Rothenberger. Getty Images

The screenwriting duo of Rothenberger and Benedikt are quickly becoming Hollywood’s go-to action writers, having scripted the third entry in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables series, following that with Olympus.

Up next, they returned to write Olympus‘ follow-up London Has Fallen, which bows next January and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, and Angela Bassett. They’ll also pen the action/thriller Twice for Besson, who will produce and co-write.

Besson has brought about several of the genre’s most memorable titles, having directed and scripted cult classics such as Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, Kiss of The Dragon, and the recent Scarlet Johansson hit Lucy.

Most recently, Besson wrote and produced Paul Walker’s Brick Mansions, Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill, and the final chapter of Liam Neeson’s Taken trilogy.

Next up, he’ll produce Transporter series reboot The Transporter Refueled, the Naomi Watts thriller Shut In, and sci-fi epic Valerian, which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.

Rothenberger and Benedikt are repped by and .

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