You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Pfeiffer in talks to join De Niro in ‘Malavita’

Would play matriarch of mob family in Luc Besson pic

Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro.

Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp.

Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” story follows a notorious mafia family relocated to 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. Pfeiffer will play De Niro’s wife who has a penchant for arson when crossed.

Besson adapted the script with Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos”), and he’ll also produce the pic, which starts production in August in advance of a 2013 bow.

Other pic in the Relativity-EuropaCorp deal is actioner “Three Days to Kill,” written by Besson and Adi Hasak.

Pfeiffer and De Niro previously shared the screen in Matthew Vaughn’s “Stardust” and Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve.” A three-time Oscar nominee, Pfeiffer will next be seen in DreamWorks’ drama “People Like Us,” which opens June 29.

Pfeiffer is repped by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Barry Hirsch.

More Film

  • UTA

    UTA Promotes Eight Coordinators to Agent

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • Ballers Season 2 HBO

    Film News Roundup: California Production Tax Credit Extension Moving Forward

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • Brandon Gregory

    Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • Clea DuVall Mary Holland

    TriStar Acquires Rights to 'Happiest Season' From Clea DuVall and Mary Holland (EXCLUSIVE)

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • 'Deadpool 2' Pre-Sales: Fandango Reports Impressive

    'Deadpool 2' on Track to Become Fandango's Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • Tribeca: 'Home + Away' Trailer Debut

    Tribeca: 'Home + Away' Trailer Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

  • Sophia Lillis

    'It' Star Sophia Lillis to Play Nancy Drew in Movie Adaptation

    Coming off a shotgun-wielding turn in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows,” Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita,” which stars Robert De Niro. Pic is the first in a new co-production and co-financing deal between Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s book “Badfellas,” […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content