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The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Besson will adapt the French comic book series "Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", based on the 1967 comic book series, starring Dane DeHaan ("Amazing Spider-Man 2") as 'Valerian', a space/time travelling agent from a futuristic Earth.
Also starring is model/actress Cara Delevigne ("Suicide Squad") as love interest 'Laureline'.
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- Michael Stevens
Work is currently underway on the script and they're reportedly aiming for a tone akin to the hard 'R' of the first film. Billy Bob Thornton is already thought to be onboard. [Source: Collider]
Mermaids in Paradise
"Portlandia" duo Krisel and Graham Wagner will direct and pen the script respectively for the feature about a couple who discover the existence of mermaids while celebrating their marriage in a tropical paradise. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Besson announced last week that DeHaan and Delevingne will play the time-traveling Valerian and his sidekick Laureline. Besson will write and direct, while Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp, which will finance, produce and distribute.
The graphic novel — set in the 28th century when humanity discovered how to time-travel — 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.
“Valerian” is the second title set for July 21, 2017. Fox has set an untitled animation title from Blue Sky for that date.
- Dave McNary
Under the renewed deal, Fundamental will continue to distribute EuropaCorp films in China for another five years, in addition to co-producing several other titles. The Shanghai-based company will handle Chinese distribution of Valerian, while owning a substantial share of the film’s international box office.
“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with EuropaCorp, and the successes achieved to date. With several co-productions in development and a number of first-rate films soon to reach enthusiastic Chinese and worldwide audiences, we can look forward to a hugely exciting next five years,” said Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Shanghai-based Fundamental Films has agreed to a five-year extension to its distribution output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. It will also take on co-production duties on a slate of upcoming titles including the Besson-directed “Valerian.”
Fundamental, headed by Mark Gao, said that it will invest up to $50 million in “Valerian,” an adaptation of a graphic novel, which begin shooting in December with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne starring. “The company will co-finance Besson’s ambitious project and handle Chinese distribution, while owning a substantial part of international box office growth,” Gao said.
Other French-Chinese co-productions to be developed and distributed under the deal include a revival of “Transporter,” and the imminent “Warrior’s Gate,” which will be directed by Matthias Hoene and star Dave Bautista (“The Guardians of the Galaxy”).
The two companies previously had a three-year agreement, which has seen Fundamental oversee the China distribution of “Brick Mansions, »
- Patrick Frater
China’s Fundamental Films and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp have extended their output deal for five more years in a move that also will see Fundamental invest $50 million in Besson’s ambitious sci-fi project Valerian. Fundamental will continue to distribute EuropaCorp films in China, in addition to taking on co-production duties on a number of upcoming titles. Besson’s Valerian stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne and is one of the hottest titles selling at this year’s… »
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Fernando León de Aranoa will direct from his adapted screenplay charting the drug lord’s rise to power based on Virginia Vallejo’s 2008 Spanish-language bestselling memoir Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
On any given day, there may be three or four announcements of note regarding projects in the works. But once Cannes opens, they come tumbling, hour after hour. In today's roundup, we hear about forthcoming films by Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, Ava DuVernay, Pablo Larraín and Marco Bellocchio and other projects featuring Robert De Niro, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Weisz, Noomi Rapace, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. » - David Hudson »
Cara Delevingne has been cast in the Luc Besson-directed 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'. The 22-year-old model-turned-actress, who recently starred in 'The Face Of An Angel', is set to appear alongside American actor Dane DeHaan in an adaptation of the French comic book series 'Valerian and Laureline'. Luc, who directed the 1997 blockbuster 'The Fifth Element', tweeted: ''My first tweet ever! Let's share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.'' His message was soon retweeted by Cara, who's been cast as 11th century peasant girl Laureline in the story about time travel. Cara's casting comes shortly after she revealed that she much prefers acting to modelling, even though she made her name as a catwalk star. The London-born beauty said: ''I've always wanted to be an actress, more than anything in the world. »
Debuting his very own Twitter account yesterday, director Luc Besson has unveiled the first details for his next film, an adaptation of French comic series Valerian and Laureline entitled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, including the film’s logo.
The comic series was created by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, and Besson himself will write the adaptation, as well as direct. In addition, the filmmaker has announced that he has already found his leads, with Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) set to star.
Selling over 10 million copies since it was first published, Valerian and Laureline was created by Christin and Mezieres in 1967 and the series is described as:
“Valerian and Laureline are exploring Syrte, capital planet of a system of 1,000 worlds. Their mission is to discover whether the Syrtians could present a danger to Earth. What they find is a decaying empire led by decadent aristocrats, »
- Scott J. Davis
Last year, Luc Besson steered the sci-fi movie Lucy to box office gold, marking his latest foray into a genre that he's served really rather well over the course of his career. Whether writing, producing or directing, Besson's pawprints have been on projects such as The Fifth Element, Lockout and Arthur And The Invisibles. His next film as director, however, he's already calling the "biggest challenge of my career".
The film in question is Valerian, based on the French science fiction comics series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Set for release in the summer of 2017, the film is set to star Dane DeHaan as a time travel agents, trying to maintain law and order in the 28th century. Cara Delevingne, currently shooting Suicide Squad, is set to co-star. »
Add another director to the list of those embracing social media to help personalise their promotional duties: Luc Besson. He’s taken to twitter to announce his new project, sci-fi adaptation Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan on board to star.Starring @danedehaan & @Caradelevingne. Shooting in December. In theaters 2017. »
Now that's how you join Twitter. Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element" is one of those movies that seems to have grown over the years since it was first released, and I am pleased to see how often it's mentioned these days or referenced in some way. It has been confounding to see Besson's directing career over the eighteen years since it came out, though, because he hasn't even come close to making a film in the same genre. There was a point where he claimed he was completely retired, and he's made movies like "Arthur And The Invisibles" and "Lucy" instead of making the "Fifth Element" sequel "Mr. Shadow" or something else that might scratch that same itch. When I moderated the Universal panel for "Lucy" at WonderCon in the spring of 2014, I got some time to talk to Besson about his work in general, and we talked about »
- Drew McWeeny
While it may have devided people with how big, loud, and, let’s face it, dumb as it was, there’s no denying Lucy was a huge return to form for Luc Besson, who wasn’t really bringing his A game in recent years. Now, Besson is staying in the realm of sci-fi with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaption of French comic book series Valerian and Laureline, what he calls “the biggest challenge of his career”. The ambitious project is set for a Summer 2017 release date, and is expected to begin production near the end of this year, with Chronicle’s Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne (next year’s Suicide Squad) stepping into the shoes of time travel agents Valerian and Laureline, who travel through time and space trying to maintain order in the 28th century. The movie has also seen Besson has popped his social media cherry, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Valerian will centre on the exploits of the spatio-temporal agent and his smarter, sexy companion Laureline.
Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres created the property, which first appeared in Pilote magazine in 1967 and has since sold over 10m copies in 21 languages.
Besson will adapted the screenplay and direct, with Virginie Besson Silla producing on behalf of EuropaCorp.
The company’s slate includes The Transporter Refueled to open on September 4, Shut In starting Naomi Watts and set for February 19 2016, Nine Lives starring Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner scheduled for April 29 2016 and The Lake with Sullivan Stapleton and Jk Simmons set for July 15 2016. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Last summer, French action auteur Luc Besson had one of his biggest hits with the Scarlett Johansson-fronted sci-fi actioner Lucy. Sticking with the genre for his next outing, he.s adapting the popular French comic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and bringing along a couple budding young stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan along for what promises to be an epic production and what he calls the "biggest challenge" of his filmmaking career. Besson has never been on social media before, but went whole hog today in order to announce Valerian to the world. The 56-year-old Fifth Element director took to Twitter to unveil the first logo for the film: First logo #Valerian pic.twitter.com/d68FIJhOuX . Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015 Over on his brand-spanking-new Facebook page, Besson offered up a longer explanation of the project, as well as his motivations for attempting to bring »
Luc Besson has officially started tweeting. The French director of such classics as The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional and Nikita, revealed his next project in his very first tweet on the social network.
My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015
Besson revealed that the two main roles in the movie have already been cast, and they go to Chronicle star Dane DeHaan and model/ actress Cara Delevingne, who will be seen in this summer’s Paper Towns and next year’s DC adaptation Suicide Squad. Besson also revealed the first logo for the movie, which will »
- Paul Heath
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