A new VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Featurette was released recently that shows the origins of the story.

In this new Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets featurette, “See You in Space,” director Luc Besson talks about the original comics the movie is base off of and why it took him until now to make the movie. According to Besson, when he was working on The Fifth Element back around 1995 or 1996, one of the creators of the comics, Jean-Claude Mézières, was asking Besson why he wasn’t filming Valerian then.

Luckily, Besson held off on working on it because the technology wasn’t there yet. But after James Cameron’s Avatar was filmed, Besson knew it was time.

In the featurette, we see some additional footage from the movie as well as some of the concept art that was inspired from the comics.

Check out the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets TV promo, “Beyond Imagination,” to see more added scenes from the movie.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the visually spectacular new adventure film from Luc Besson, the legendary director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the ground-breaking comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers.
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other.  There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
EuropaCorp and STXfilms will release VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS in theaters nationwide on July 21.
Check out the Valerian character posters.

Valerian arrives in theaters July 21st.

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