I hear that several major agencies were pursuing helmer Pierre Morel, whose film Taken (produced by Luc Besson and starring Liam Neeson for 20th Century Fox) which has alreade well overseas and looks like the No. 1 pic opening in North America this weekend. (ICM was boasting about this in a staff meeting only to find out two hours later that it had lost Morel to ex-ICMer Robert Newman at Endeavor). Morel came to many’s attention because the opening scenes of his District 13 (aka District B13) were acknowledged to have influenced the opening scenes of the Bond pic Casino Royale. Morel’s next movie is Hunter-Killer for Neal Moritz and Sony.