Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is partnering with China’s Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films to produce three more installments of the “Transporter” franchise.
The two companies, which signed a three-year output deal with Fundamental Films last July, will together produce “Transporter” 4, 5 and 6, which will be budgeted in the $30 million to $40 million range.
On top of co-producing and distributing in China, Fundamental Films will also act as an equity investor on the pics.
“Our deal with Fundamental Films allows us to have four revenue-sharing films distributed theatrically every year in China,” said EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert. One of the three installments will likely lense in China, qualifying it as a French-Chinese co-production.
“We’re excited to team with Fundamental on the next three ‘Transporter’ movies, after the first three were worldwide hits,” Lambert said. He added “Transporter 3,” which Fundamental released in China, was a major commercial success.
The first and second pics, helmed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively, and were distributed in multiple territories by Fox. The third opus, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.
“Fox has a first-look on the three pics, while Lionsgate has a second-look,” said Lambert, who would not comment on whether Jason Statham will reprise his role as Frank Martin, a kick-ass Special Forces officer-turned-courier for hire.
Gaul’s EuropaCorp and Fundamental have kicked off development of “Transporter 4.” A helmer has yet to be attached.