Michelle Pfeiffer in Talks to Join Robert De Niro in ‘Malavita’
A three-time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer is in negotiations to play another tough mother in Luc Besson’s “Malavita.” The movie will be darkly comedic actioner and also stars Robert De Niro. If the deal is done, this will be third time for Pfeiffer and De Niro to be seen on big screen working together. Pfeiffer and De Niro previously worked in Matthew Vaughn’s “Stardust” and Garry Marshall’s “New Year’s Eve.” Malavita is first joint project deal between two companies Relativity Media and Besson’s EuropaCorp. Based on Tonino Benacquista’s novel, “Badfellas”, Malavita follows a mafia family who seeks witness protection in France. The problem is that they brought their criminal habits with them and start to deal with things in the old-fashioned way. Pfeiffer will star as De Neir’s wife while he is set to star as the head of the family, who was also head of the local crime family until he turned rat. Variety reports, Luc Besson adapted the script and he’ll also produce and direct the pic, which starts production in August in advance of a 2013 bow. Relativity will release the film stateside, while EuropaCorp will distribute in France and handle international sales.