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Johansson and Besson still shooting

Luc Besson is said to be angry after pictures of Scarlett Johansson in costume for his new film Lucy were leaked in the media.

The Taipei Film Commission (TFC) has denied reports that the French director has cut short filming of the sci fi film - starring Scarlett as a drugs mule with super powers - on location in Taiwan, due to harassment from the media.

Numerous local media reported that filming is to be cut short on the island and the production will return to Paris early.

But a source close to the TFC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, due to a non-disclosure agreement told Variety: "The shoot is going very well. Every setup is on schedule. It will complete its full 11 days here."

The source acknowledged however that Besson had been angered by paparazzi photographs of Scarlett in costume, and that the star had been scared when a photographer punched the window of a car she was travelling in.

EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert said: "The filming of Lucy in Taipei is going forward as planned and will wrap next Monday."

The mayor of Taipei Hau Lung-bin said that a near collision between crew and press vehicles, which he described as a "dangerous action," had occurred because media had not followed a pre-arranged reporting plan.

Hau, who is personally involved with the TFC, is expected tomorrow to call a press conference, which it is hoped Besson will attend.

Lucy is the biggest foreign shoot to visit Taiwan since Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

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