Luc Besson Working On VALERIAN Adaptation
Director/writer Luc Besson (who previously written Taken and this year's Lockout) has signed on to direct and write a film adaptation of the French sci-fi comic book series Valerian (also known as Valerian And Laureline.
Variety is reporting that Luc Besson (who has written action films such as Taken, Columbiana and Lockout, as well as directing Arthur And The Invisibles among other movies) is set to both write and direct an English language adaptation of Valerian, a French science fiction comic book series created in 1967 by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres (who was a conceptual designer on Besson's The Fifth Element). The news was confirmed by EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert on Friday. The comic series, also known as Valerian And Laureline, has previously inspired an animated TV series (which was released in 2007). Below are some plot details for the series (via Wikipedia):
The series focuses on the adventures of the dark-haired Valérian, a spatio-temporal agent, and his redheaded female companion, Laureline, as they travel the universe through space and time. Valérian is a classical anti-hero, kind-hearted, strong and brave but with a tendency to follow the orders of his superiors even if he feels, deep down, that it is the wrong thing to do. On the other hand, his companion Laureline combines her superior intelligence, determination and independence with sex-appeal, making her one of science fiction's most notable heroines. Influenced by classic literary science fiction, the series mixes space opera with time travel plots. Christin's scripts are noted for their humour, complexity and strongly humanist and left-wing liberal political ideas while Mézières' art is characterised by its vivid depictions of the alien worlds and species Valérian and Laureline encounter on their adventures. The series was a landmark in European comics and pop culture, and influenced other media as well - traces of its concepts, storylines and designs can be found on sci-fi films such as Star Wars, The Fifth Element, and Avatar.
The ever-busy Besson will next shoot the thriller Malavita (which stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones) later this summer. Whether or not Valerian will follow is currently unknown.
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