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Luc Besson‘s filmography is fairly impressive for a director that’s never really received support from critics. He directed “Nikita,” “Leon,” and “The Fifth Element” back to back to back from 1990-1997. Fine. Those three films alone have allowed him enough creative freedom to direct whatever he’s wanted to since. The problem is the ensuing films weren’t very good (“The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,” “Angel-A,” “Arthur and the Invisibles,” “The Family“). Continue reading Luc Besson Hates On Superhero Movies & Calls ‘Captain America’ “Propaganda” at The Playlist.

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 assignment from the Minister of Defense (Herbie Hancock), the …

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets” might seem like a huge risk, given that it’s the most expensive movie ever produced in France. However, Luc Besson isn’t sweating it, explaining recently that the massive sci-fi flick has made back most of its budget already through international pre-sales. Either way, he’s coming up against Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” this weekend, and a cinematic landscape where audiences have plenty of spectacle competing for their eyeballs including the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “Star Wars.” But, god bless him, Besson is preparing for a future with more ‘Valerian.’ Chatting with Nerdist, the filmmaker revealed he’s already mapping the storylines for two more movies.  Continue reading Luc Besson Says ‘Avatar’ Raised The Bar For ‘Valerian,’ Reveals He’s Already Writing Sequels at The Playlist.

“If you can find a screening which will cut or fast forward any moment when characters are required to speak to one another, it’s a fun movie to watch.” The post Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Review appeared first on

If the conventional wisdom is true, and visual grandeur holds the only true currency in the theatrical experience today — popcorn escapism seemingly the only form immune to PeakTV and the convenience of streaming — then French filmmaker Luc Besson is making the case for audiences to leave the comfort of their couches and transport into the enormous universe of “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets,” his latest contribution to outsized blockbuster cinema. Continue reading Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Is A Supercharged ‘Avatar’ [Review] at The Playlist.

When Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” opens next month, it’s going to have some competition from another movie offering plenty of big screen spectacle: “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.” Luc Besson‘s big, sci-fi flick is the most expensive to have ever been made in France, with a a final price tag of €197.47 million (about $210 million U.S.). That’s not cheap, and while you might think the film needs to be a monster hit for backers EuropaCorp (which Besson heads up), the director explains they’re pretty well covered. Continue reading ‘Valerian’ Director Luc Besson Explains France’s Most Expensive Film Ever Isn’t Much Risk For The Studio at The Playlist.