Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Sets July, 21 2017 Release Date
Late last week, filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, most recently Lucy) joined Twitter to announce that his next film would be, “a big sci-fi,” called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He went on to reveal the film’s logo (pictured above) as well as Valerian’s lead actors Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne arranged together in moody, black-and-white shots (included below). Now, coming from Cannes is news that EuropaCorp plans to release Valerian to worldwide audiences on July 21st, 2017.
— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015
Though this latest news doesn’t come from Besson’s impressively sparse Twitter footprint, where he has followed 2 accounts and favorited 5 tweets while writing 4 of his own, it stemmed from the same announcement that revealed Chinese company Fundamental Films plans to invest $50 million in Besson’s upcoming large scale sci-fi project. While Besson has been busy launching The Transporter franchise, launching the Taken franchise, and launching an Arthur and the Invisibles franchise, fans of his work have awaited his return to The Fifth Element-sized sci-fi productions since 1997. Valerian will be an adaptation of the highly popular French graphic novel series created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières.