Luc Besson is heading back into outer space. The prolific producer of action movies like the “Taken”, “Taxi”, and “Transporter” franchises (to name just a dozen he’s been involved in over the years) is stepping back behind the camera for “Valerian”, a film that will be based on the sci-fi comic book of the same name by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres.
The last time Besson wandered into outer space was the sci-fi action movie “The Fifth Element” in 1997, a film that he recruited Mezieres to work on. Now Besson will write and direct Mezieres’ “Valerian”, which is about “the adventures of space- and time-traveling agent Valerian and femme sidekick Laureline.”
I’m sure there’s more to the plot than that. Probably lots of fighting, space battlin’, and such.
“Valerian”, originally created in 1967, is a French comic book, so if you’ve never heard of it, that’s probably why. The big-screen live-action film will be in English.
Besson, most known nowadays for writing International hits like the “Taken” movies, is coming off directing the “Arthur” movies, as well as the Michelle Yeoh Oscar bait “The Lady”. He’s set to direct the action-comedy “Malavita” (starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones) next, which probably means it’ll be a while yet before “Valerian” makes it to the big screen. Then again, dude works fast, so maybe it won’t be that long a wait after all.
Via : Variety