Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - In theaters July 21, 2017

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Apollon

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[MOVIE1]Title: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Genre: Science Fiction

Director: Luc Besson

Cast: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman

Plot: A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.[/MOVIE1][POSTER1]
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Luc Besson joined Twitter earlier today and announced his big new Sci-Fi Project 'Valerian'.
Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.


This is based on the graphic novel of the same name, Valerian.

In Luc Besson's Valerian, DeHaan and Delevingne will play the iconic characters Valerian and Laureline. Besson will write and direct the film. Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp which will finance, produce and distribute the film. Valerian, which has influenced generations of Sci-Fi writers and directors, was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. Production is set to begin at the end of this year with a global release slated for summer 2017. Description from Amazon: "Valerian and his partner, Laureline, are agents for the vast Galaxity organization. In the past their missions have taken them to all corners of the galaxy and through time as well. But now Galaxity is gone, and Valerian and Laureline are dependent upon their meager remaining resources and their ingenuity."
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At the very top right. Looks like it might say "Korben's"... as in Korben Dallas!?

Bruce Willis, Fifth Element!?
Could be a fun nod... or a big easter egg spoiler.
Damn you have a good eye! :watch: :thumbs: I didn't even notice it :emb:
 

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At the very top right. Looks like it might say "Korben's"... as in Korben Dallas!?

Bruce Willis, Fifth Element!?
Could be a fun nod... or a big easter egg spoiler.
Damn you have a good eye! :watch: :thumbs: I didn't even notice it :emb:
Wouldn't be surprised if Bruce Willis ends up making a surprise cameo.
 

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@bloodsnake007 @kaw I'd love it if Valerian turned out to be a sequel or existing in the same universe as FE.

Moviepilot has a pretty nice breakdown of the similarities between the two movies. Quoted below:

It's impossible to watch the trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and not compare it to The Fifth Element. After all, both are based on the same series of French science fiction comics, Valérian and Laureline. From the color palette interspersed with lurid splashes of neon orange to ass-kicking female protagonists, both films are an ode to Besson's love of the 1960s space opera.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is The Fifth Element that Besson wanted to make in 1997. While the former has become a cult classic, his original vision was admittedly limited by the VFX technology of the nineties. Now, 20 years later, Besson is yet again unleashing his signature style on the sci-fi world in full power.

Interestingly, the two films have even more in common than you'd think. There are multiple commonalities between the storylines, their worlds and even the characters. Could there be more to the two films' connection than just the source material? Could Valerian in fact be the exact same world Besson introduced us to back in 1997? With The Fifth Element set in the 23rd Century, and Valerian 500 years later, it's not entirely inconceivable.

Valerian already looks set to be a stunning sci-fi epic, but the possibility of it being part of The Fifth Element universe — or better yet, a sequel — would really take its impact to the next level. Take a look at the striking similarities and decide for yourself:

A Familiar Scene

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: STX Entertainment]
The sense of déjà vu was real with that Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer. Many of the shots are almost identical to scenes from The Fifth Element. The uncanny resemblance might be auteur Besson's stylistic choice, or it could be a hint that the two stories share more than just the same aesthetic:


Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: STX Entertainment]
Even small details look identical, including these two shots from Valerian:


Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: STX Entertainment]
Speaking of cases, this certainly looks like the kind of vessel The Fifth Element's Zorg might be interested in:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Valerian of course features the same signature vertical city layout as both The Fifth Element and the original comics:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Not to mention those crisp, white sci-fi interiors and soft edges:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
The circuit boards being tended to by these Valerian aliens is very reminiscent of the alien hieroglyphs that decorate the Egyptian tomb in The Fifth Element— could there be a link between their kind and the origin of the tomb?


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Besson promises Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will contain hundreds of alien species, though some of them look a lot like the few that were featured in The Fifth Element. Could they be related species?


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Space Couture
Despite having a different costume designer, it certainly seems like the characters in Valerian inherited a few key wardrobe pieces, or at least took some serious style-spiration from The Fifth Elementfashionistas. Jean Paul Gaultier's stunning designs were a big part of what made the film so iconic, and his legacy has certainly been honored in Valerian.

For example, Laureline and Valerian's space suits bear a striking resemblance to the protective armor of the Mondoshawans:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
They also appear to be big fans of the Korben Dallas look, with elements of his own style reflected in outfits worn by both of the protagonists:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]



The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
The uniforms of government officials in both films also look incredibly alike. The muted colors, cut of the collars and sharp shoulder pads have a very authoritarian Star Trek vibe. The similarities between the clothing worn by the presidential staff of The Fifth Element and the officers of Valerian might suggest they're part of the same government:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Undoubtedly the most obvious ode to Jean Paul Gaultier's raunchy, cut-out dresses worn by The Fifth Element flight attendants is Rihanna's sexy nurse outfit in Valerian. Both outfits feature tight, hip-hugging skirts with the same cut around the bust, accessorized with boxy hats and a bob wig:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
But there's one interesting detail in Rihanna's outfit that may be hinting at something deeper: the curved slit in the dress just below her navel, outlined in red. It's the same place where Korben Dallas cut open the Diva Plavalaguna in order to retrieve the stones in The Fifth Element. It may be a nod to Besson's first sci-fi endeavor; or it might just be Rihanna's character honoring a historical figure who played an important role in saving her world 300 years ago.

A Classic Tale

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: STX Entertainment]
Visuals aside, the narratives of both The Fifth Element and Valerianseem inexplicably linked. Not a whole lot is known about the story of Valerian at this stage, but the premise so far is this: a wise, peaceful and musically-inclined alien species requires the help of humans to eliminate an unknown threat to the world:

"Centuries of peace and prosperity, an unknown force wants to destroy all we have created."

Sound familiar?


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
The evil, villainous force in The Fifth Element isn't set to return for another 4,700 years, but perhaps Mr. Shadow has decided to make a surprising early visit.

As "guardians of our future", the two heroes in Valerian have just 10 hours to find the ominous force that threatens to shatter their entire world and defeat it. Just like in The Fifth Element, it's a story that plays out over a short window of time, forcing the protagonists to race against the clock.

What's interesting about Valerian's two leads is the way they can be compared to The Fifth Element's Leeloo and Korben. While it would be an easy (and cheap) move for Besson to pin Laureline as the new Leeloo and Valerian as the new Korben, both of The Fifth Element's original duo can be seen reflected in each of the new characters.

This is especially evident with Laureline. While we do see her unleashing some impressive kickboxing skills on her foes in the trailer, there are also shots that are shown to parallel Korben in The Fifth Element, such as this one:


The Fifth Element/Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets [Credit: Guamont/STX Entertainment]
Emphasizing the connection between The Fifth Element's macho male action hero and Cara Delevingne's character in Valerian not only seems like a step in the right direction for Besson, but could also be an insight into her roots. For all we know, Laureline could be the descendant of Korben and Leeloo.

Is 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets' Actually A 'Fifth Element' Sequel?
As much as we can speculate over the connection between The Fifth Element and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, we really can't know for sure until the film comes out. Granted, from what we've seen so far, there's a strong chance the two movies are at least a part of the same universe.

But regardless of the truth, it's clear to see that Valerian is truly The Fifth Element's full potential finally come to life. And as much as Besson's 1997 sci-fi hit will always have a special place in the hearts of fans everywhere, Valerian looks to be the perfect (unofficial) sequel.
 

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I have a feeling this is going to be a good movie but bomb at the box office and then develop a cult following 5 or so years down the road.
 

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I have a feeling this is going to be a good movie but bomb at the box office and then develop a cult following 5 or so years down the road.
If it fails at the box office, I'm afraid it's the end of Europacorp.. Apparently Besson put all the money of his company for this movie (it cost $180 million to produce, making it the most expensive independently financed movie in history and the most expensive movie in Europe of all time ^^).. so I hope it will do well !
 

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Is that "Gangster's Paradise" in the trailer!? :woot:

If it fails at the box office, I'm afraid it's the end of Europacorp.. Apparently Besson put all the money of his company for this movie (it cost $180 million to produce, making it the most expensive independently financed movie in history and the most expensive movie in Europe of all time ^^).. so I hope it will do well !
I think this might be this year's Warcraft. Where it bombs... but then does very well in places like China.
 

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Just got out of a screening of this and was pleasantly surprised. This is by no means a great movie but an enjoyable one nonetheless. The visuals were very good, the cinematography was very emblematic of Besson (definitely gives you a Fifth Element vibe), and the acting was kind of one note but the characters played them out as well as could be expected. At the end of the day the film tries to bring us something more than just remakes, reboots, sequels, and Marvel/DC movies and that should be applauded. I would give this a 6.8 out of 10.

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