Luc Besson Has Already Written 'Valerian' Sequels if the First Movie Does Well

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 7:12PM
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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 - 7:12PM
Luc Besson Has Already Written 'Valerian' Sequels if the First Movie Does Well
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You can't fault filmmaker Luc Besson's optimism.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets won't hit theaters until this weekend, but already, the movie's director is hard at work writing not one, but two follow-up movies, which he intends to direct if the first film does well enough at the box office. According to an interview with Nerdist, Besson is very well aware that these movies may never see the light of day, but he's having fun, and that's what he feels is most important:

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"I finished the number 2 already and I'm writing the number 3. I don't know if we will do it, because it's not up to me. It's up to the audience if they like it. But my friends all said,''Why are you writing the second one? You don't even know if you're going to do it.' [And I said] 'I don't care. It's fine.' [laughs] I'm just happy to write it. I'm enjoying writing it. I don't even wait. I'm just writing for myself. So I finished the [sequel] already, and I got bored a month ago, so I said, 'Let's write the third.'"
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Sure thing, Luc, have lots of fun writing even more Valerian, just don't count your luxurious space chickens before they've hatched.Valerian looks absolutely amazing, nobody is denying that. Unfortunately, though,early reviews haven't been universally kind to the ambitious movie, which currently sits at a respectable but ultimately fairly forgettable 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, although that's likely to change once the movie comes out.

In any other year, that would still be considered sort of successful, but 2017 has seen a lot of movies scoring in the mid 90s, which increases the likelihood that, pretty visuals notwithstanding, Valerian is in danger of being completely overshadowed by movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Baby Driver, and even the month-old Wonder Woman, which is still in many theaters thanks to its continued popularity.



What's more, when the year is taken as a whole, Valerian is sandwiched between Disney's space opera bookends of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It's hard to that imagine a sci-fi movie based on an incredibly obscure French graphic novel will have enough clout to draw in the audience that Besson is hoping for.

That said, stranger things have happened. Last year (which admittedly had a far weaker crop of movies in general) saw Suicide Squad rise above its low critical ratings to become one of the biggest movies of the year, commercially. If Valerian can drive up enough buzz based on its special effects, it might just pull off the impossible and give Luc Besson the solid financial backing required to make a couple of sequels.

Valerian needs to do very, very well at the box office to make it worthy of sequels, though. The movie was phenomenally expensive to make, to the point that STX Entertainment was required to lay off large chunks of its workforce when the film wrapped.

Besson might need to settle for writing Valerian sequels just for fun - it's very unlikely, all things considered, that the movie will provide enough return on its investment to justify another big budget, CGI heavy sequel that audiences are indifferent to. But we can hope so.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes out July 21, 2017.

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