Director Besson returns to ICM fold

Gallic filmmaker Luc Besson has signed with International Creative Management, where he will be repped by percentery chairman Jeff Berg and a team of agents that includes Robert Newman, Alicia Gordon, Steve Chasman and Nick Reed.

Besson — who most recently helmed the Gaumont/Columbia Pictures release “The Fifth Element” — left CAA nearly three months ago and since that time has been pursued aggressively by almost every agency in town. The signing marks a return for Besson to ICM, where he was represented until he followed his former agent, Joe Rosenberg, to CAA three years ago.

Part of Besson’s decision to go with ICM is said to be his desire to build and expand his Sony-based production company, Seaside Prods. ICM also will represent the production banner run by Aimee Peyronet.

Most recently, Besson wrote and helmed the sci-fi actioner “The Fifth Element,” which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival before raking in more than $235 million at the box office worldwide.

Since his film debut in 1983 with “Le Dernier Combat” Besson has helmed such critical and financial successes as “Subway,” “The Big Blue,” “La Femme Nikita,” and his first Hollywood film, “The Professional.” Besson proves a multi-threat since he usually writes, directs, produces and photographs his projects.

He also produced actor Gary Oldman’s recent helming debut, “Nil By Mouth.”

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