Earlier this week, we had the chance to sit down with both Dane DeHaan and Luc Besson after getting an early glimpse at the latest Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer. The film, which evoked the sensation of a hypnotic lucid dream that’s been painted in digital pastels, is certainly one of the most intriguing original properties hitting the big screens this year—at least in terms of not being a sequel, prequel, or remake. Yet for Besson, who is venturing into space opera for the first time in 20 years after The Fifth Element, the hope is that it will pave the way for a full-fledged franchise based on Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ comic book series. He’s even already writing the screenplay for its sequel.
While chatting with myself and a group of fellow journalists over breakfast about the trailer we’d just glimpsed, Besson demurred at revealing which other Valérian and Laureline comic book stories might have caught his fancy beyond the one he is already adapting for 2017’s summer tentpole.
“No,” Besson laughs about divulging further favorite storylines with these characters. “No, because I’m writing already. I like to be ready in case it is working.” Obviously not a stranger to brushes with box office success and otherwise, Besson sees only creative gain in being prepared for audiences responding favorably to the Valerian movie. “If it doesn’t work, you’re always ready. There’s nothing to prep! But if we’re lucky and people like the film, I would love to do a second one for sure, because I love the characters. They’re fun together. Every time I see them together, Cara [Delevingne] and [Dane]? I want to do one more.”
If the film delivers on the psychedelic wonderland across the stars gleaned from the trailer, he very well could get his wish. You can read our full thoughts on the new trailer, as well as what Besson and DeHaan have to say about its uniqueness, its romance, and its unexpected harmony with the Beatles, right here!