First Look: Luc Besson's Adele Blanc-Sec Starring Louise Bourgoin

November 27, 2009
Source: SlashFilm

Luc Besson's Adele Blanc-Sec Starring Louise Bourgoin

Even though a few years back Luc Besson said he was no longer going to direct, he's back behind the lens, directing once again (and not just sequels to Arthur and the Minimoys). The project he chose is one called Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec, or Adele Blanc-Sec for short, based on a series of French comic books from the 1970s. Apparently he's already finished shooting and is in post-production on the project, aiming for a release in France next April. It's described as a "a little bit Indiana Jones, a little bit Tintin and a little bit Hellboy" and thankfully SlashFilm has discovered the first few new photos from it.

At the request of Europacorp, we have been asked to remove the photos. Sorry guys! Stay tuned for more updates on this project though, as we'll be keeping our eye on it!

The new photo at the top comes from one of the covers of the comic book series that this film is based on via the French site Geek de lecture.

The story is about Adele Blanc-Sec (played by Louise Bourgoin), an "an intrepid young reporter" who will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. The odd thing is that IMDb calls this an animated movie "set in the early party of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters, and other distractions." It's obviously not animated, so I'm not sure why they think it is. And I don't know who this girl is, but she's gorgeous, and if she's an Indiana Jones-like adventurist, then I really can't wait to see this one. Thoughts?

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looks good. louise bourgoin seems to fit perfectly.

xerxex on Nov 27, 2009


Looks interesting...

N on Nov 27, 2009


wow for a second i thought that was fran dressher aka the nanny(lol)

Mario G. on Nov 27, 2009


#3 i thought the exact same thing. funny

samuel j on Nov 27, 2009


It's based on a fabulous French comic book, very dark and surreal, I wouldn't compare it to Indiana Jones, rather more to The Avengers if they were French and sent in the 1920's if it makes sense

lo on Nov 27, 2009


About time Besson stepped behind the camera again.

Andy on Nov 27, 2009


is that Mr. Oldman in the last photo? He da man!

wm on Nov 27, 2009


Looking forward to seeing Oldman do some more over the top acting with Besson.

dee on Nov 27, 2009


That isn't Gary Oldman. He's not listed as remotely appearing in this movie.

Andy on Nov 28, 2009


This looks great, the graphic novels look good too, I think I'll look em up.

Crapola on Nov 28, 2009


But will it have world wide Release and just not banished to I F C ? is French with subtitles or English i shall look forward to hereing more about this film. 😀

Cineprog on Nov 28, 2009


Louise Bourgoin started as a weather forecast girl on Canal+, a TV network and major movie producer in France. As a "Miss Météo," she was doing a silly presentation of the weather forecast lasting 3 minutes each day, from september 2006 to june 2008. After her experience with television, she got parts in two movies: "Anne Fontaine's "La Fille de Monaco," and Laurent Tirard's "Le Petit Nicolas." Too bad that "Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec" is directed by Luc Besson. If he showed a certain talent 20 years ago with his first movies, it's a long time now that everything he produces or directs sucks, from his terrible "Taxi" series to his his last "minishits." 😉 Let's hope he wakes up with this movie.

Sylvain (from Paris) on Nov 28, 2009


#12 - I agree, Besson better kick some ass with this. I've still got faith in him. And as for Louise Bourgoin, I haven't seen any of her weather appearances, but I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her in this based on these photos alone. 🙂

Alex Billington on Nov 28, 2009


She's cute.

Dan on Nov 28, 2009


Alex, about the "animation", I guess it's a mistake from the French production team. As Adèle will have a lof of VFX and CGI sequences that will be produced by BUF (, they must have thought as it's computer-animated, it's animation in a way.... but I guess, it's just French guys struggling with their English 😉 So far, anyway, the film looks good on these pistures! Amélie Poulain meets Indiana Jones... as Luc Besson says it in this french-speaking video: The comic book is a cult classic for Comic fans! Hope Besson will be faithful to it...

Binx Bolling on Nov 29, 2009


Luc Besson goes round in circles if as he says, as quoted by Alex Billington "Amélie Poulain meets Indiana Jones." The opening sequence of "The Fifth Element" was already inspired by "Raiders of the Lost ArK". It seems, from the footage shown on French television TF1, that the characters created by Tardi are transposed to the screen with great respect of the original comic strip. And Louise Bourgoin, with her natural energy and spirit, seems very convincing and will no doubt will put the fade and naive Audrey Tautou on the sideway of cinematograph business for a long time.

Sylvain (from Paris) on Nov 29, 2009


I love her, she was so funny on canal+. Looking forward to see her in this luc besson film !!!

Florian PASCAL on Nov 30, 2009

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