More Louis Leterrier Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Transporter 2)Louis Leterrier was Artistic Director on The Transporter. He recently helmed Unleashed, produced by Luc Besson, starring Jet Li, Morgan Freeman and Bob Hoskins.
Leterrier is a native of Paris. He developed a love of cinema at an early age, winning several awards for short films before turning 18 Leterrier left France to study film at New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. He was an Assistant Director and worked on visual effects on Twentieth Century Fox's Alien Resurrection, directed by fellow countryman Jean-Pierre Jeunet. He then was an Assistant Director on the French-U.S. co-production The Tourist Trap, on Luc Besson's historical epic The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and on the big-budget Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, adapted from the comics. Leterrier again assisted Besson on a commercial for L'Oreal, shortly after which the famed filmmaker approached Leterrier about The Transporter.
Bio courtesy Fox for "The Transporter 2" (04-Sep-2005)
Biography #3 (for Unleashed)Louis Leterrier was immersed in cinema from an early age; his father is a filmmaker, and his mother is a costume designer. Even so, Mr. Leterrier first wanted to become a drummer. Later, he decided to pursue movies after all, and made a few short films.
At 18, after garnering some work experience in publicity, he went abroad to study film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. At Tisch, he learned about different avenues in the movie business, and became the assistant to a professor.
He subsequently met director Jean-Pierre Jenuet, who was looking for French-speaking assistants to work on the production of Alien Resurrection, and brought Mr. Leterrier aboard.
Back in France, Mr. Leterrier became Luc Besson's assistant on the shoot of the director's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He again assisted the director on ads and commercials for L'Oreal and Club Internet, among others. His last assistant job was on Alain Chabat's French blockbuster Asterix et Obelix: Mission Cleopatre.
In 2002, Mr. Leterrier made his debut as film director, on the action movie The Transporter. The film starred Jason Statham and Shu Qui.
He is currently directing The Transporter 2, again starring Jason Statham. That film, as with its predecessor and Unleashed, is written and produced by Luc Besson; and produced by Steven Chasman.
Bio courtesy Focus Features for "Unleashed" (06-Jun-2005)