As a filmmaker, Luc Besson can be criticized for many things, but on the other hand, we can’t take him away from the ambition he showed at the helm of his company EuropaCorp. In 2017, the director sees the completion of the long-running project Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of the comics. Valerian and Laureline By Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin.
Produced entirely at his studios in Saint-Denis, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets assembled an international cast, notably featuring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline, as well as Rhianna, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and the completely unknown Alain Chabat.
To achieve the vision of the project, Luc Besson did not hesitate to take all the risks by creating a budget of 197 million euros – which is far from a record for a French film. In France, the community awaits you with more than four million admissions. However, at the international level, the story becomes more complicated…
Neither profit nor loss
The film grossed only $232 million worldwide, leaving Valerian with neither a profit nor a loss. The idea of a sequel was put forward by the filmmaker, but the project is no longer relevant after the sale of his company EuropaCorp to the American investment fund in 2020.
So the most expensive blockbuster ever made in France failed to compete with the likes of Marvel and DC Comics as Luc Besson had hoped, but the “cursed” film label now attached to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets seems cruel. To put it completely unfairly.
Who knows if the film’s arrival in the Netflix catalog today will not refresh the image of the Valerian and Laureline comic book adaptation in the eyes of the general public?
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