'Transporter Legacy' Set for March 2015 Release

Ed Skrein - P 2014
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Ed Skrein - P 2014

The first in a planned trilogy currently is in production and stars Ed Skrein.

The Transporter is returning to theaters next year.

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp., which currently has the hit movie Lucy in theaters, announced Friday that the North American release date for The Transporter Legacy will be March 6, 2015.

The latest installment in the Transporter action franchise is the first film in a planned trilogy. It will be the first Europa project that will be handled by a new domestic marketing and distribution joint venture with Relativity Media.

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Europa did not provide details, but it is expected to be a wide release.

The first three Transporter films cost $95 million to produce and have grossed $235 million worldwide, according to Europa. They starred Jason Statham.

Lucy, which was the top-grossing movie last weekend with $43 million in ticket sales, is being released by Universal Pictures. In the future, Europa plans to ramp up production with the movies released through this new joint venture.

Transporter Legacy is currently in production and stars Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones), Loan Chabanol, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella Wright and Anatole Taubman.

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Based on characters created by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, it is being directed by Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions), from a script by Bill Collage (Tower Heist) and Adam Cooper (Assassin’s Creed). Besson is producing with Mark Gao of Fundamental Films.

The fast-paced action movie is again set in the criminal underworld in France, where Frank Martin (Skrein) is known as The Transporter, because he is the best driver and mercenary money can buy. In this installment, he meets Anna (Chabanol) and they attempt to take down a group of ruthless Russian human traffickers who also have kidnapped Frank’s father.

Under the joint venture with Relativity, Europa controls the distribution and marketing of its own movies; and the joint venture handles all of the booking, distribution and other functions.