Canal Plus, Europa reup

Deal pics include 'Taxi 3,' 'The Transporter'

PARIS — Canal Plus and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp have inked a three-year pay TV deal for an undisclosed sum giving the Gallic paybox first broadcasting rights to 10 films.

Canal Plus also will have first look on any other movie produced, co-produced or distributed by EuropaCorp.

Deal follows an existing accord that will conclude with “Arthur,” an $89 million animated kidpic that Besson is producing and helming this year.

The EuropaCorp pics in the intial pay TV deal included “Taxi 3” and “The Transporter” but also less successful fare such as 2003 Cannes Film Festival opener “Fanfan la tulipe” and “Michel Vaillant.”

On Monday, Canal Plus did not specify which pics would be included in the deal, but EuropaCorp has a number of films in production or post, including Penelope Cruz/Salma Hayek starrer “Bandidas,” Guy Ritchie’s “Revolver” and “The Transporter 2.”

EuropaCorp recently secured a $106 million production credit line. As well as ramping up movie production, Besson’s projects include a new studio facility on the outskirts of Paris.