Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is Luc Besson’s latest film and it is an epic visual journey into the world of the cult classic French comic book series Valérian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières.
From what I have read, this film has been a passion project of Besson’s for many years, in fact, he started thinking about making Valerian back when he was filming The Fifth Element! This is rather intriguing as you can clearly see similar elements in both films. Also, according to Besson making City of a Thousand Planets back then would have been impossible due to the technology not being up to scratch, but fast forward 20 years and he has finally crafted the movie (that’s dedication and true passion). And I totally agree with him, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets would have been pretty impossible to make back in the 90’s so I’m glad that he waited because this film is absolutely stunning.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is also the most expensive European and ‘Independent’ movie ever made, which are quite the titles to simultaneously hold. The films independent status comes from the fact that many small production companies came together to get the film made, take a look at this article on indiewire.com as it explains how Besson funded the film. And the fact that Besson is a French film director and that he chose to film the film in France at the Cité du Cinéma film studio near Paris, Valerian is a thoroughly European film.
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