Luc Besson Valerian Interview

This morning, the trailer for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets was released. The Fifth Element director’s return to sci-fi looks stunningly beautiful and wonderfully weird. If you haven’t watched the Valerian trailer yet, now’s your chance. Last week I had the opportunity to visit Wildfire Studios and talk to Besson about his upcoming film.

In my Luc Besson Valerian interview, the filmmaker tells us about how they secured the rights to an original Beatles song, the first time in 4 decades, how he brought this crazy vision to life, how he was able to bring 100 different fantastic looking alien creatures to life, the possibility of sequels, how much of this was adapted from the comic books, how he found the actors, his plans for the film’s score, explains some of the craziness going on in the teaser trailer, tells us about the very very elaborate backstory created for the movie’s story, world and aliens, the film’s runtime, if it will be good in 3D and the time-travel abilities of the spacecraft. All this and more, after the jump.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets‘ presentation at San Diego Comic-Con went great. Hall H may not have been full and many in attendance weren’t familiar with the property — a French comic book series written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières — but the concept art and clips raised our expectations for Luc Besson‘s sci-fi adventure. The Fifth Element director is possibly cooking up something big, weird, and exuberant, and you can now get a taste of what he’s been dreaming about making for years.

Below, watch the first Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer.

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Based on Pierre Christin‘s French comic book series illustrated by Jean-Claude MézièresValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been a longtime passion project for writer-director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional). Tomorrow, we’ll see the first trailer for Besson’s space adventure, but before we get to see some of Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in action, we have some new photos that tease the film’s environments and alien designs.

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

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Valerian game

A trailer has yet to drop for Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the sci-fi adventure, based on the French comic book series from writer Pierre Christin and illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières, debuted footage a few months ago at San Diego Comic-Con. The various environments, the alien designs, and the costumes had Besson’s fingerprints all over them. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks like a wacky, lively, and colorful world not unlike The Fifth Element, and Spil Games will attempt to bring that world to your phone next summer.

Below, learn more about the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets video game.

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Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets wasn’t on my radar until our own Peter Sciretta came back from Comic-Con this summer with many nice things to say about the first footage from the film. I run hot and cold with Besson (there are days where I think he’s a genius and there are days where I think his reach exceeds his grasp), but tell me that the guy who made The Fifth Element is making another science fiction action movie and I’ll just ask for a release date and clear my schedule.

A batch of new photos and a poster for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets have arrived online ahead of the film’s booth at the New York Comic-Con this week and they’re just wild enough to further hold my attention.

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Feel free to insert your own conspiracy theory here: just days after Michael Giacchino replaced Alexandre Desplat as the composer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the latter has gone and attached himself to another science fiction movie. Director Luc Besson has revealed that Desplat, who won an Academy Award for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel, will provide the score for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Learn more about the Valerian composer after the jump.

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Lockout Escape from New York

When the sci-fi action flick Lockout arrived in theaters in 2012, many reviews pegged the film written by Luc Besson as a half-ass remake of John Carpenter‘s 1981 classic Escape from New York with the action transported to a space prison instead of a dark future. It appears critics weren’t the only ones annoyed with the similarities between the two films because director John Carpenter actually ended up suing writer Luc Besson because the script plagiarized the 1981 movie.

Previously, a court ruled that Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production banner, along with the film’s directors/co-writers Stephen St. Leger and James Mather had to pay $95,000 (or 85,000 Euros) to John Carpenter, co-writer Nick Castle and StudioCanal. But Besson decided to appeal that ruling, and now the appeals court has finalized their ruling, and yet again, it’s not good news for The Fifth Element director. In fact, it’s worse than it was previously. Read More »

Luc Besson's Valerian comic con 2016

The most interesting presentation Thursday at San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 has to be for Luc Besson’s science fiction comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. While the film won’t hit theaters until summer 2017, Besson brought some early footage to screen for the fans in San Diego. I knew I was in for some craziness, but I was shocked at how much I enjoyed what I saw. Hit the jump to get a recap of the Valerian Comic-Con footage presented in Hall H, along with some interesting asides from Besson (from an interview conducted offsite), and of course my reaction.

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Based on a graphic novel series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is director Luc Besson‘s biggest film in years, if not his biggest to date. Following the success of Lucy, Besson got this passion project of his going, which stars Dane DeHaan, Cara DelevingneEthan Hawke, Clive OwenJohn Goodman, and Rihanna.

Below, check out some Valerian photos taken by Luc Besson.

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Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been high on our must-see list since it was first announced, and it’s only gotten more intriguing with every casting announcement and promotional photo. Now, as if we weren’t excited enough already, we finally have a look at Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in action, thanks to a behind-the-scenes featurette that debuted with the MTV Movie Awards last night. Delevigne promises this is going to be “the best movie of all time,” and who are we to doubt her? Get your Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets first look below.

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