Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Poster

This summer, director Luc Besson returns to sci-fi in a big way with an adaptation of the French comic Valerian and Laureline in the form of the feature film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie came in at #7 on our list of anticipated wide releases coming to theaters this summer, and it looks like it’s going to be something wild and action-packed.

Normally, we try to veer away from highlighting just a single poster unless there’s something special to observe within it. Today we’re featuring a poster for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, not just because we want to keep promoting this movie so people will see it and help support big, strange sci-fi movies like this, but because the poster contains a rather intriguing easter egg referencing The Fifth Element.

Check out the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets poster after the jump. Read More »

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We’re about to see Dave Bautista get back in action as the hilariously literal Drax the Destroyer in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but the former WWE superstar actually has another movie coming out on the exact same day. It’s called Enter the Warriors Gate, a fantasy martial arts film written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken). Watch the Enter the Warriors Gate trailer below.
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the fifth element

A 4K restoration of Luc Besson‘s The Fifth Element will be returning to movie theaters next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary. And alongside the visionary science fiction film will be an exclusive preview of writer-director Besson’s upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Find out where, when and how you can attend one of these limited time The Fifth Element rerelease screenings below!
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Luc Besson reddit

How was it working with Gary Oldman? Like driving a Ferrari for the first time, according to Luc Besson. The writer-director behind this summer’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets recently took to Reedit to promote his upcoming comic book adaptation. The gregarious filmmaker shared a few memories from some of our favorite works of his, The Fifth ElementLeon, and La Femme Nikita.

If you want to know which other actors the director had in mind for Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), then check out some of the more entertaining answers from the Luc Besson Reddit AMA below.

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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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valerian

It’s not every day a studio rents out a theater and hosts an event just to debut a trailer, but that’s exactly what STX Entertainment did last night in Hollywood with the new trailer for Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Besson, his wife and producer Virginie Silla, and star Cara Delevingne were in attendance, and I had the chance to speak with them about this jaw-dropping new look at the film.

The new trailer will be online tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can read my reaction to the footage, and learn more about what we can expect from this visually stunning movie. Read More »

Playground

French filmmaker Luc Besson may be best known for directing visually dazzling sci-fi films like The Fifth Element and the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but he’s also built up quite a career as a writer. He’s written screenplays for a handful of movies he didn’t direct, including Taken, The Transporter, and Colombiana. His latest scripted foray is a web series called Playground, and it’s described as a mixture between Nikita and Kick-Ass. Watch the first Playground trailer below. Read More »

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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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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