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Colombiana started as a sequel to Leon: The Professional?

08.25.2011

For years we've heard rumors about a possible sequel to Luc Besson's brilliant hitman film LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, but ultimately accepted it was a mythical beast we would never see.

As it turns out, that unicorn can be spotted at theaters this weekend, but hiding in a different form. Besson and protege Olivier Megaton had once intended a LEON follow-up called MATHILDA, but that eventually transformed into COLOMBIANA.

The explosively named director tells The Playlist: "Ten years ago we decided to make MATHILDA, which was the PROFESSIONAL sequel, but we couldn’t do it because of the evolution of a lot of things – about Natalie [Portman], about [estranged distributor] Gaumont. Luc tried to do this movie again and again—he proposed it to me 12 years ago. But when we decided to change the script and to make another movie with a revenge story like ‘Mathilda,’ he had to give up everything about Mathilda."

While we watch that action and ponder what could have been, Megaton will be working on TAKEN 2, which he admits interested him because it will shoot in Istanbul. Another reason? The first movie's awkward kidnap victim Maggie Grace will apparently kick some ass this time: "I don’t want to be the specialist of girl action heroes, but that is the real point of me taking TAKEN 2."

Meanwhile, you can check out Zoe Saldana in this COLOMBIANA featurette, which details how a woman who weighs less than some domestic pets turned herself into a killing machine.

Source: The Playlist

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12:51PM on 08/27/2011
i kept reading his name as " Olivier MegatRon". what a badass last name
i kept reading his name as " Olivier MegatRon". what a badass last name
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12:40PM on 08/26/2011

a phrase never to be heard again

Maggie Grace "kicks ass", maybe gets her ass kicked for running like a kid in the special olympics. yeah I can see her and her 98lb frame kicking ass, just like Zoe, except neither one is believeable, that gun in the pic weighs more than her(hahaha)
Maggie Grace "kicks ass", maybe gets her ass kicked for running like a kid in the special olympics. yeah I can see her and her 98lb frame kicking ass, just like Zoe, except neither one is believeable, that gun in the pic weighs more than her(hahaha)
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11:30AM on 08/26/2011
Not surprising. The Leon-isms, if you will, are very apparent in this one, which is essentially "The Zoe Saldana" show. No complaints there, btw. It's a good time at the movies!
Not surprising. The Leon-isms, if you will, are very apparent in this one, which is essentially "The Zoe Saldana" show. No complaints there, btw. It's a good time at the movies!
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1:18AM on 08/26/2011

You can't Sequelize "Leon"

everyone died that kille Matilda's family, and everyone died that had help in killing Leon. So...how could there be a sequel to it? Continuation, maybe....
everyone died that kille Matilda's family, and everyone died that had help in killing Leon. So...how could there be a sequel to it? Continuation, maybe....
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12:56AM on 08/26/2011
Luc Besson movies are a wonderful known quantity. They're rarely original by any means (exception being Leon)...but they're lean, mean, great action, good characters, with just enough heart and subtext to make you care about whats going on. Its soul food action, you know what to expect, and it always fills you up.
Luc Besson movies are a wonderful known quantity. They're rarely original by any means (exception being Leon)...but they're lean, mean, great action, good characters, with just enough heart and subtext to make you care about whats going on. Its soul food action, you know what to expect, and it always fills you up.
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12:50AM on 08/26/2011
Can't wait. Been in love with Zoe since Center Stage. Yes, I watched of my own volition.
Can't wait. Been in love with Zoe since Center Stage. Yes, I watched of my own volition.
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11:57PM on 08/25/2011
Wow. I actually thought that this movie seemed to be almost a sequel to Leon, just change a few minor details and there youd have it. I was actually going to bring it up on MFC but this story beat me to it. The main villain probably wouldve been a guy Oldman reported to
Wow. I actually thought that this movie seemed to be almost a sequel to Leon, just change a few minor details and there youd have it. I was actually going to bring it up on MFC but this story beat me to it. The main villain probably wouldve been a guy Oldman reported to
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11:37PM on 08/25/2011

Shudder...

...I want a true Natalie Portman sequel to the Professional... it would be a disservice to the fans to still not try to shoot this film-- I'll watch Zoe's film...but dont think that we are thinking of this as a replacement for what we "can't" have-- redeem yourself from taking part in Jar Jar's Lucas machine and become the daughter of Leon once again!! --too much? ...I get it. Thats cool-- just been waiting a long time for this idea to come about. Any fan of the Professional would consider a
...I want a true Natalie Portman sequel to the Professional... it would be a disservice to the fans to still not try to shoot this film-- I'll watch Zoe's film...but dont think that we are thinking of this as a replacement for what we "can't" have-- redeem yourself from taking part in Jar Jar's Lucas machine and become the daughter of Leon once again!! --too much? ...I get it. Thats cool-- just been waiting a long time for this idea to come about. Any fan of the Professional would consider a sequel to be cinematic GIFT. It would be SO cool... just sayin'...
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11:42PM on 08/25/2011
I think it would be a sequel that no one would have a problem with.
I think it would be a sequel that no one would have a problem with.
11:36PM on 08/25/2011
Look up Maggie Grace run on youtube.
That girl is gonna "kick ass"?
Look up Maggie Grace run on youtube.
That girl is gonna "kick ass"?
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1:37PM on 08/27/2011
That's way funnier than it should be.
That's way funnier than it should be.
11:35PM on 08/25/2011
Too little too late.

And Maggie Grace kicking ass...preferably in her underwear? Just don't make her run.
Too little too late.

And Maggie Grace kicking ass...preferably in her underwear? Just don't make her run.
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11:34PM on 08/25/2011
So when was it watered down to PG-13?

Sad!
So when was it watered down to PG-13?

Sad!
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