“Valerian” Is France’s Most Expensive Film

French filmmaker Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp label is betting big on his upcoming sci-fi epic “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets”. VERY big in fact.

CinEuropa (via The Playlist) reports that the project, a 100% French production, has come in at a final price tag of 197 million Euros, which equates to USD$210 million.

That’s on par with the most expensive films in the “Transformers” and “X-Men” franchises, and makes the ambitious graphic novel adaptation officially the most expensive to have ever been produced and made entirely in France – that’s before marketing costs are added in. The previous picture to hold the top slot in France was “Asterix at the Olympic Games” which cost $82 million to create.

Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, and Kris Wu star in the wild looking film which opens in cinemas on July 21st.