Luc Besson Returns to Sci-Fi With 'Valerian' Adaptation
Ridley Scott isn't the only director to dabble in sci-fi and then didn't return to the genre until a number of years later. Luc Besson will also join this list. According to Variety, Luc Besson will write and direct the English-language, live-action adaptation of Valerian.
The comic book series centers on the title character who, along with his partner Laureline, travels through time and space to correct disturbances in the time lime caused by rogue agents.
Besson's last sci-fi movie was the 1997 box office hit The Fifth Element, a movie that starred Bruce Willis and Besson's then-wife Milla Jovovich in story where a taxi driver (Willis) has transport five elements to an ancient Egyptian temple in order to stop a great evil from destroying Earth.
Here's a fun fact: Jean-Claude Mezieres, the artist for the Valerian comic books, served as the production designer for The Fifth Element.
The earliest we may see this Valerian adaptation on the big screen is probably sometime in 2015.
Besson is shooting the thriller Malavita in August of this year. The movie stars Robert De Niro as an American gangster who lives in Normandy with his family under the witness protection program. De Niro is joined in the movie by Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer.
After Malavita, Besson will move on to an untitled action-thriller starring Angelina Jolie that will shoot sometime next year. It's a good possibility that Besson will direct Valerian after this.