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Written and directed by Luc Besson (of Léon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita, and Lucy), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the Valérian and Laureline graphic novel series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. First published in 1967 in the French comics magazine, Pilote, the seminal science fiction series paved the way for Heavy Metal, and informed George Lucas' Star Wars and Besson's 1997 film, The Fifth Element, for which Mézières contributed concept art. The live-action adaptation, independently crowd-sourced and personally funded by Besson, is supposedly now the most expensive independent film ever made, but does it live up to its influential source material? Set in the year 2740, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan, A Cure for Wellness) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne, Suicide Squad), special operatives tasked with upholding the law throughout the human territories. Under »
- Adam Frazier
by Seán McGovern
Occasionally I receive a text message from my mother that The Fifth Element is on television. Why she feels the need to tell me, I'm never quite sure. Possibly because my adoration for the film is palpable, or because she like many critics at the time believes that it "may or may not be the worst movie ever made." But The Fifth Element does not need to be defended. It can only be celebreated. As Valerian launches from the imagination of Luc Besson into cinemas everywhere, now is the perfect time to celebrate France's greatest foray into a very American genre: the intergalactic sci-fi action movie.
There's a blonde Bruce Willis, Leeloo Dallas Multipass and of course - Ruby Rhod - all after the jump »
- Seán McGovern
The much-anticipated epic space adventure Valerian: City of Alpha is now live on iOS and Google Play. And thanks to our friends at Stx Films, we have one of their limited edition mouse pads to give away.
It is the official mobile game of Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne. The legendary director is famous for creating sci-fi blockbusters including The Fifth Element and Lucy.
All you have to do is tell us what most excites you about the game and why. We want your responses no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 28. This contest is open to readers only in North America. The decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.
The film has been described as visually spectacular and the mobile game creates an engaging experience that will draw players into the Valerian universe. »
- ComicMix Staff
Plot: In the 28th century, intergalactic spacel agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) uncover a plot underway at Alpha, an ever expanding metropolis consisting over a thousand separate mini-planets and dimensions. Review: Comparing Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets to director Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element is pretty neat. While the latter, his 1997 Bruce Willis... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
Written and Directed by Luc Besson
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
Assessing a film as all style and no substance in today’s cinematic climate isn’t out of the ordinary, but writer/director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (also known for the infamously bizarre sci-fi classic The Fifth Element) doubles down on visual grandeur to such a scale that despite how frustratingly flawed and occasionally downright abysmal the storytelling is, the summer blockbuster is one »
- Robert Kojder
Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.
- David Ehrlich
Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. With Baby Driver opening three weeks ago, followed by Spider-Man: Homecoming, War for the Planet of the Apes just last week, and Dunkirk this week, we are unquestionably in the best stretch of this summer’s wide releases. Enjoy it, because August looks bleak. This is also a rare week where we don’t have a sequel or reboot opening as we have three intriguing “new” releases: Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk, Luc Besson’s space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and the R-rated comedy Girls Trip. There’s seemingly something for everybody this week.
- Scott Davis
I love good science fiction. Fantastical worlds and spectacle, wrapped up in a very human story, has always been my go-to for entertainment, whether it be film, TV, comics, or novels. And good sci-fi is hard to find these days -- true sci-fi. Until now, that is. In Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy, Leon: The Professional) has adapted a 50-year-old iconic French comic book series by creators Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres into a big-budgeted eye-gasm of all that makes the genre great, but unfortunately, one flaw in the production keeps the film from reaching the grand heights of which it belongs: and that issue is the casting.
Confession: There are times when I've been loyally in Luc Besson's corner – the visual splendor of Subway (1985), The Big Blue (1988) and La Femme Nikita (1990) established him as a master of what the French call Cinéma du Look. And 1994's The Professional – with Jean Reno teaching the assassin's game to a very young Natalie Portman – went deeper, blending style with a nurturing sense of humanity. Plus, there's a lot to be said in favor of both his sci-fi extravaganza The Fifth Element (1997) and last year's next-level ScarJo-evolution whatsit Lucy. »
Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets’ Cara Delevingne on getting the part of a lifetimeValerian: The City of a Thousand Planets’ Cara Delevingne on getting the part of a lifetimeMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine7/19/2017 10:00:00 Am
If you’re expecting a story about a spoiled model-turned-actor throwing a tantrum to get a super-fun part in one of the summer’s biggest sci-fi films, you’re going to be disappointed. But the real story’s pretty good too.
It’s about Delevingne’s unconventional audition with the visionary French director Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), who was finally set to make a big-screen version of his favourite childhood comic book, Valérian and Laureline, by French writer Pierre Christin. »
- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine
I don’t really know what to expect from Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but I know at the very least it will be different than most summer blockbusters. My hope is that Besson has created a true heir to The Fifth Element but using new CGI tools at his disposal. While reviews have been mixed (it seems to be a “love it or hate it” kind of movie), it’s at least leaving an impression, and that should make it worth your time. I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 25 … »
- Matt Goldberg
After gifting us with The Fifth Element 20 years ago, Luc Besson returns to space with Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan. Once again he breaks barriers visually while infusing the story with relevant societal issues. The filmmaker tells CineMovie why a film like this is a better vehicle to educate the younger generation than film that preaches. Listen below.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
It’s unfortunate that Luc Besson’s latest multi-million dollar action spectacle is called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” because the film is as much about its male hero (the eponymous Valerian, played by Dane DeHaan) as it is about his female partner, Laureline (Cara Delevingne). A long-time passion project of the filmmaker, Besson’s newest feature is based on the French sci-fi comics series “Valérian and Laureline,” written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, a childhood favorite of Besson. Like the series that inspired it, the film follows a pair of “spatio-temporal agents” who are charged with keeping the peace across the universe.
Valerian may get title billing, but both DeHaan and Delevingne’s characters exist on very equal footing. Most of the time, it’s actually Laureline who saves the day when the notoriously hot-headed Valerian goes off the rails and biffs yet another important mission. »
- Kate Erbland
French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) has Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets coming out this week, but he’s already hard at work writing the script for Valerian 3. What’s that, now? Oh, Valerian 2? Pssh, that script is already done. Who do you think you’re dealing with, here? This is Besson, […]
The post Luc Besson is Already Writing ‘Valerian 3’, and Why the First Film Can’t Bomb This Weekend appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
Are there rules on how to make a space epic? If there are, Luc Besson has certainly never heard them because in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, he takes the genre upside down, gives it a shake and rattle, and delivers one of the most positively bonkers films of the year. Based on the long running Franco-Belgian comic book Valérian and Laureline, which served as inspiration for other Besson projects like The Fifth Element, the film follows Major Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevingne), special agents of the World State Federation who enforce intergalactic safety, as they travel to a distant planet to retrieve a rare creature — perhaps the last of its kind in the universe — from the hands of toad-like aliens who run their business in a market straight out of Casablanca.
In the midst of retrieving the creature, by means of metallic sleeves »
- Jose Solís
Like any director about to release a massive summer blockbuster, French filmmaker Luc Besson is anxious about how his $180 million dollar sci-fi adventure will be received.
“I can feel the resistance when it comes to the American audience,” said Besson. “I can feel it, I’m not blind. ‘Oh, that’s not a Marvel? Oh, she’s not totally an actress yet? [Star Cara Delevingne was a successful fashion model.] What is Rihanna doing there and who’s this weirdo French guy?’ I can feel all that.”
Read More: ‘Valerian’: How Luc Besson Made a $180 Million Indie That Can’t Fail
From the start, Besson knew his vision for adapting Pierre Christin’s 1967 comic series “Valérian and Laureline” did not fit Hollywood’s tentpole model, which is why his EuropaCorp raised the $180 million production budget and partnered with Stx to bypass studios completely.
To some degree, that is the story of Besson’s film career. As either »
- Chris O'Falt
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 60 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new film “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”!
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which opens on July 21, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki from writer and director Luc Besson based on the comic book by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin.
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Valerian and Laureline, about two young adventurers who travel through space and time. Now, half a century later, the 58-year-old French producer-director is bringing his childhood infatuation to the screen. At $180 million, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is by far the most expensive picture he has ever made, with double the budget of his last sci-fi feature, 1997's The Fifth Element. The Stx release (which opens July 21) is the biggest bet yet from a man who has made »
- Stephen Galloway
Ever since watching Luc Besson’s amazing movie The Fifth Element twenty years ago, I’ve been waiting patiently for him to make to another crazy large-scale science-fiction movie. Even before visual effects went into hyperdrive, Besson was able to take us to new worlds, create innovative characters never seen on movie screens, and craft action set pieces like no other. So when Besson announced that he was going to helm Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and that he would have access to modern VFX and a big enough budget to bring his wildest ideas … »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The sci-fi epics of Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element,” “Lucy”) very often feel like the work of someone who understands certain rules of narrative storytelling but willfully decides they don’t matter. He leads the audience through a cavalcade of gorgeous imagery even though the plots don’t hold together, certain performances are pitched to an insanely outsized degree, and the pacing goes from exhilarating to just exhausting. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” might well represent the apotheosis of Besson’s singularly loony brand of filmmaking. It’s bonkers and gorgeous and confusing and thrilling and tiring and overflowing with ideas. »
- Alonso Duralde
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