The lovably erection-plagued grandpa from Little Fockers will give a gangster part a try.
According to Variety, Robert De Niro will star in Malativa, an adaptation of Tonino Benacquista's Badfellas to be written and directed by Luc Besson with the production aid of Relativity Media. De Niro will play "a retired American gangster living with his family under the witness protection program in Normandy," where, due to this being a modern De Niro film directed by Besson, you would expect that he would find himself living across from a wacky, intrusive neighbor played by Jean Reno.
That's probably not the case, though, as it seems Besson saved all his humor for another film, titled Three Days to Kill. That film, written by Besson and Adi Hasak, is also being set up with Relativity Media, and is being described as "Taken but with lots of humor." At last, someone will wring some smiles out of the worlds of human trafficking and merciless vigilante justice, leaving Liam Neeson free to continue just wringing necks.