Shoot For The Sky

NICK WALL / EUROPACORP

A BRIGHT FUTURE: Colour Me Kubrick, a Besson-backed film starring Malkovich, is eagerly anticipated

There are certain preconceptions about French cultural icons. They will take themselves and their work extremely seriously. Their suits will be as sharp as their razor-like minds, but they will feign a disinterest in the economics of artistic endeavor. They make few concessions to commerce, and expect their public to attempt to rise to their intellectual level. Luc Besson — at 46, one of France's most successful film directors — dashes all of these expectations.

Sitting in his office in the ritzy eighth arrondissement of Paris, Besson is kitted out in a faded black Nike T shirt and...

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