So what if I’ve never actually read Pierre Christin’s “Valérian and Laureline” comic? I’m still excited for Valerian and the city of a thousand planets to arrive in theaters.
Aside from the influence this comic has had on numerous science fiction titles, there’s one more thing that’s peaked my interest; The movie is directed by Luc Besson.
If you enjoyed The Fifth Element, then you’re probably going to like Valerian even more. Just watch the trailer. Are there a thousand alien races in this film? I don’t know but there are a lot of different creatures and robots. It’s almost as if this was the project Luc was waiting for since he began making movies and Fifth Element was a primer for things to come.
Besson has said in interviews that he would happily continue making Valerian movies for the rest of his career. Actually, I think he said He would make them for the rest of his life. You know just in case the word career doesn’t convey just how much he loves the Valerian stories. I’m thinking he’ll get it right. If you’re read the comic, you’ll have to let me know if the film hits the mark. For my part, I’ll let you know if it works for me as a stand-alone, without the expectation that it’s an accurate adaptation.