Besson settles ‘Joan’ suit

Bigelow 'satisfied' with terms

A producer who claims that French filmmaker Luc Besson stole her research and script for his 1999 Joan of Arc movie “The Messenger” has settled out of court with him, her lawyer said Thursday.

Greg Dovel, who represents Kathryn Bigelow in her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against Besson, said the terms of the settlement were confidential.

“All I can tell you is that the parties have settled amicably and Mrs. Bigelow is satisfied,” Dovel said.

Besson’s office referred calls about the settlement to his Los Angeles-based lawyer, Peter Nichols, who could not be reached for comment.

Bigelow, whose producing credits include “Strange Days” and “Point Break,” had worked with Besson on her Joan of Arc script before the two had a parting of ways over the French director’s choice of his then wife, actress Milla Jovovich, for the lead role.

She claimed in her lawsuit that Besson, director of such films as “The Fifth Element” and “La Femme Nikita,” then stole her historical research along with many original elements of her script.

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