Luc Besson interview

When filmmaker Luc Besson was 10 years old, he was reading the comic book he’d adapt into a massive feature film 48 years later. Based on Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières‘ “Ambassador of Shadows,” published in 1975, Besson has brought their colorful, wacky world to to the big screen with his personal touch on every frame. From the complex, clever set pieces to the jokes to the colorful environments, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is pure Besson.

In a race against the clock, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) will have to save the city of Alpha, where alien species from all over the galaxy come together to share knowledge. The world feels endless, full of all sorts of aliens, characters, and environments. It took many years it took to build this world piece-by-piece, and the French director behind La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element recently told us about the process.

Below, check out our Luc Besson interview.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Clips

Arriving later this month will be a brand new sci-fi adventure from director Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind The Fifth Element, and some new clips from the film have just arrived to show off the lush, diverse alien universe from the movie.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on an acclaimed, beloved graphic novel set in the 28th century, where a city called Alpha has a massive metropolis of species from across the universe. One of the new clips gives us a proper introduction Alpha and some of the unique aliens who inhabit the city while the rest offer up some of the exciting action we’ll see Dane De Haan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) partaking in.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Featurette

Every director has their passion project that takes them years to make, but it took Luc Besson 40 years to make his.

The Fifth Element director was enamored and inspired by the French comic book Valérian and Laureline since he stumbled on a copy when he was 10 years old, Besson said in a new featurette for his upcoming sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. And it’s only thanks to recent cinematic advances that he was finally able to make the movie of his dreams.

Watch the Valerian featurette to see what we’re talking about after the jump.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

There’s one thing we can say for sure about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – it’s going to be spectacular to look at. Luc Besson‘s adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ comic books appears to be a visual treat and the latest trailer offers enough eye candy to fill an entire movie. But is that enough to grab the attention of audiences in a summer filled with more recognizable faces and movies with numbers in their titles? After all, your average moviegoer probably isn’t familiar with Valerian and Laureline.

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valerian and the city of a thousand planets trailer

Even when I don’t love Luc Besson‘s movies, I love that Luc Besson is making movies. I especially love that he’s getting to make another colorful, over-the-top science fiction action movie, his first of this size and scope since The Fifth ElementValerian and the City of the Thousand Planets looks absolutely nutty in the best possible ways, with the city of Alpha looking like an ideal playground for Besson to scratch every single sci-fi itch he has left. Watch the new trailer below.

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A Cure for Wellness scene

A Cure For Wellness hails from a remarkable craftsman. Director Gore Verbinski‘s latest has more to offer than beautiful and grotesque imagery. He’s continually heightening, in big and small ways, the film’s unholy atmosphere, as the camera moves smoothly from one creepy room to the next.

One of those menacing rooms is the steam bath, where Dane DeHaan‘s character first begins to experience what he can’t explain. If you want to know how Verbinski and everybody pulled off that sequence, then hear the director provide commentary for A Cure for Wellness scene below.

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A Cure for wellness super bowl spot

Director Gore Verbinski‘s last four films are gigantic popcorn movies. Rango, the Pirates of the Carribean sequels, and The Lone Ranger are enormous in scope. With A Cure for Wellness, the director is scaling things back a bit, sticking with mostly one location: one messed up, horrific, and beautifully designed spa.

Below, watch A Cure for Wellness Super Bowl spot.

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a cure for wellness clip

A Cure For Wellness may be a horror movie, but I’m choosing to look at it as a tale of redemption. Redemption for director Gore Verbinski, a truly unique filmmaker who has found himself lost in the blockbuster desert for a little too long. Redemption for star Dane DeHaan, a generally very good actor who fell on his face in front of millions of people when he played Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I’m rooting for these guys. And I’m rooting for A Cure For Wellness, because the trailers suggest the kind of deeply weird, atmospheric horror movies that linger longer than typical schlock. So let’s watch a new clip from the film, shall we?

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valerian and the city of a thousand planets alien photo

There are over 2,000 different alien species in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Two years before filming, director Luc Besson was gathering drawings and designs for all the film’s aliens and space crafts. He even wrote to schools to see if any young artists were interested in contributing to the movie. They received over 2,000 applicants, and 15 were selected. Besson wanted to use different sources to create this wild-looking universe, which uses both CG and practical effects to bring all the aliens to life, including Ambassador Dan Makta, who’s shown in a new photo from the sci-fi adventure.

Below, check out a new Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets alien photo.

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Leap! trailer

“Follow your dreams” may not be the theme of every animated movie ever made, but it is a common message for a bunch of them, from Moana to Sing. And next year brings yet one more in the same mold, Leap! directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.

Elle Fanning voices the lead, a plucky young orphan named Félicie in Belle Époque France. She dreams of training at the Opera Ballet School and becoming a dancer, so she runs off to Paris with her BFF Victor (Dane DeHaan), an aspiring inventor, to make her dream a reality. The film’s already opened in a few non-U.S. markets under the title Ballerina, but it’s just now making its way to the U.S. thanks to the Weinstin Company. Watch the Leap! trailer below.  Read More »