There was only one major film presentation at Comic Con on Thursday that everyone was talking about that night – the first glimpse of Luc Besson’s film adaptation of the French sci-fi comic title “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.
The big-budget feature, not due for release until next Summer, follows two time agents in the far future who set out to save the galaxy. As it comes from the director of “The Fifth Element,” some imaginative and crazy spectacle was expected – and reports suggest we get something akin to both that 1997 feature with a dash of the “Mass Effect” video game series.
Filming on the project wrapped six weeks ago with tons of visual effects yet to be completed. As a result, four scenes that didn’t involve heavy VFX work were shown. The first showed Dane DeHaan’s character phasing through wall after wall and then using pods that he shoots to perform parkour style acrobatics.
In the film, the world has humans dealing with around eight hundred different types of aliens although we will only see about two-hundred different alien creatures. While the film boasts much CG, at least 90% of the aliens were played by people on set.
The film has a 135 minute runtime and kicks off with a sequence set across two different dimensions. The film has a story that takes place over a 24-hour period and also sports a cameo by Ethan Hawke as cowboy hat-donning club bouncer. Asked about possible sequels, Besson quickly responded “I can do 10 if you want, I love them.”
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” will hit theaters on July 21st 2017.