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Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Draws Visual Effects Heavyweights (Exclusive)

15 October 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s unusual nowadays for the backers of a tentpole film to announce the vfx studio or studios well in advance. Security considerations alone can trump such an announcement.

But “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is zigging where most of the industry zags. EuropaCorp, which is backing Luc Besson’s cult comic book adaptation, has named the three top vfx studios that will collaborate to create the picture’s futuristic look.

Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX are all on board for “Valerian.” Sophie Leclerc, who worked with Besson on “Lucy,” is visual effects producer. Scott Stokdyk is the overall vfx supervisor on the film. Joe Letteri, senior vfx supervisor for Weta, will be vfx supe for the New Zealand-based vfx giant.

Philippe Rebours is Ilm’s visual effects supervisor on the film. Rebours, a veteran of genre films in the U.S. and France, »

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