Luc Besson Will Try His Hand at TV With TNT Pilot ‘Artificial Intelligence’


Luc Besson is branching out. The French director of Lucy and Léon: The Professional has received a put pilot commitment for his first original TV show, Artificial Intelligence, from TNT.

According to Deadline, the show revolves around a team of scientists chasing down a rogue artificial intelligence that has escaped from a laboratory. Besson and Bill Wheeler, writer of the upcoming live-action Hollywood adaptation of anime series Ghost in The Shell, will co-write and executive produce the show.

Besson has received executive creator credits on past TV adaptations of his films, including the CW’s Nikita and Transporter: The Series, which aired on TNT in the U.S. He will also serve as executive producer on the upcoming NBC adaptation of the Taken film series.

Besson, who recently garnered box office success with Lucy, has also drummed up bad will among filmmakers. In October 2015, a French court ruled that Besson plagiarized the script of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York in his French sci-fi ction flick, Lockout. However, that controversy has not stopped film studios from working with Besson, who currently has five films in development.