Lee Jones Joins Besson’s “Malavita”

Tommy Lee Jones is in final negotiations to play an FBI agent in Luc Besson’s darkly comedic actioner “Malavita” at Relativity Media and EuropaCorp reports The Chicago Tribune.

An adaptation of Tonino Benacquista’s “Badfellas”, Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer play a married couple with Mafia ties who relocate to France under the witness protection program. Old habits however die hard.

Jones is making a deal to play De Niro’s stern handler in the FBI-sponsored program who tries to help them assimilate to their new life overseas.

Besson and Michael Caleo (“The Sopranos”) are adapting the script. Shooting kicks off in August.