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Luc Besson Announces on Twitter His Big New Sci-Fi Project 'Valerian'

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May 12, 2015
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Luc Besson's Valerian

It's time. French director Luc Besson has announced his next project, and he's going back to sci-fi once again. Besson just joined Twitter and the first thing he wrote was an announcement ("My first tweet ever! Let's share a real news!") with details on his new project - an adaptation of the graphic novel Valerian. He has finished casting, with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne (seen in the upcoming Paper Towns) set to star, shooting the end of this year, for release in summer of 2017 from EuropaCorp. Bring on the big epic Besson sci-fi! I am a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element (it's one of my favorites ever) and if this is indeed him going back to that style (based on this cover I'd say so), then hell yes. See all the tweets + details below.

All of the tweets from @LucBesson introducing his new sci-fi movie, including the first teaser logo poster:

In Luc Besson's Valerian, DeHaan and Delevingne will play the iconic characters Valerian and Laureline. Besson will write and direct the film. Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp which will finance, produce and distribute the film. Valerian, which has influenced generations of Sci-Fi writers and directors, was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. Production is set to begin at the end of this year with a global release slated for summer 2017. Description from Amazon: "Valerian and his partner, Laureline, are agents for the vast Galaxity organization. In the past their missions have taken them to all corners of the galaxy and through time as well. But now Galaxity is gone, and Valerian and Laureline are dependent upon their meager remaining resources and their ingenuity." Stay tuned for more updates and follow @lucbesson for the latest.

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments

1

Intriguing title.

OfficialJab on May 12, 2015

2

Nice. Let's hope it's at least half as good as the Fifth Element.

TheOct8pus on May 12, 2015

3

If nothing else...we finally have Besson doing a project that will either confirm, or deny, whether The Fifth Element was a miraculous fluke.

crystaltowers on May 15, 2015

4

Besson is a master. The 5th Element was no fluke. Before that film there was Leon (The Professional) and La Femme Nikita - both great action films with a lot of heart and some great humorous moments.

TheOct8pus on May 18, 2015

5

Agreed. It's just been a long time since he had a hit that was the calibre of any of those films.

crystaltowers on May 19, 2015

6

I enjoyed the fifth element to, and luc Besson is one of the greats in production and directing! Great news for a sifi lover like me...

ari smulders on May 12, 2015

7

SUPER GREEN!!!

Akirakorn on May 12, 2015

8

If it's anywhere as trippy as The Fifth Element, then I'm going to dig this. I've a soft spot for European sci-fi loopiness.

leemoder on May 12, 2015

9

I think its a mistake to try and wish for some remake of his earlier success . This is a different style of story , using the same "it's Us Against Everyone Else " trope ..just the Us isn't two running from The Law ; they are The Law I haven't heard of the series tho ; I guess the key of the story is/will be what the H Galaxity is .. "Stranded " but in space , not in a desert or on a boat ...

Dominic on May 12, 2015

10

Will it be another kids film like the silly mindless The Fifth Element? Then I won't waste my time or money to see it at the cinemas.

Mike Zarquon on May 12, 2015

11

Luc Besson is a hack, and might well be the Uwe Boll of this decade.

NarcolepticNinja on May 12, 2015

12

Defo watching, Valyrian steeeeel

Carpola on May 12, 2015

13

I am always excited by a new Besson film. He is a fun director.

DAVIDPD on May 12, 2015

14

For those who want to be disappointed by this movie, read the original comics version first: it's a solid piece of Sci-Fi.

Ntabuye Paul on May 13, 2015

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