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Will There be a Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Sequel?

October 26, 2019
5 min read

When we hear of space opera movies, our mind immediately goes to ‘Star Wars‘ and ‘Star Trek‘, and why not? Hollywood has made these two franchises the largest in the world, so much so, that science fiction itself has almost become synonymous with American science fiction. However, there is an entire world out there and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is one such offering. The 2017 French 3D space opera film has been made in the English language and comes from Luc Besson.

Besson’s name might be familiar because he has made fantastic movies like ‘Leon: The Professional‘ and ‘Lucy‘. In fact, the acclaimed director took a great approach while making this movie as well. Besson independently crowd-sourced as well as personally funded the movie. Since it ended up having a production budget of around $180 million, it has become the most expensive European and independent film ever made.

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is based on the French science fiction comics series ‘Valérian and Laureline’, which has been written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. However, upon release, the movie grossed around $225 million worldwide, making it a commercial failure in the eyes of many.

The plot of the film basically follows Valerian and Laureline on their space adventures as they try to maintain order and balance in their futuristic world. Despite the potential to be a hit, critics did not welcome the film too much, merely praising the visuals. Since the first film did not do too well, it is unlikely that ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ will be getting a sequel. However, the director remains optimistic. Thus, we bring you everything we know about ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ showed us an account of the adventures of Valerian and Laureline. The movie ended with the two awaiting rescue as Laureline gives a definite maybe to Valerian about his marriage proposal. So, what could the second film be about?

In all likelihood, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’ will pick up right from where the plot of the first movie leaves off. We will see the two central characters married, but still on their missions in space. Luc Besson spoke about the possibilities of the script and much like space itself, it is limitless. The director said how there could be a killer that the duo could track or some mysterious truth that they would have to get to the bottom of. Besson’s idea is to turn ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ into a franchise which will have the same tone as ‘Starsky and Hutch‘, but in space.

It definitely sounds like an exciting idea and Besson seems to be full of possibilities. In fact, the director has already stated that he has finished work on a second film, as far as the story is concerned, and has some ideas for a third. Seeing as how he has outlined some possibilities already, some of them are bound to make their way into the story of the second movie, depending on the direction that it takes.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 Cast: Who Can Be In It?

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ had Dane DeHaan appearing in the role of Valerian, and Cara Delevingne appearing as Laureline. They are central to the story and ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’ would be sure to see these two characters return. Moreover, Besson has stressed how much fun he had working with the two, saying that they would definitely sign up for another project, given the opportunity. Notably, in the first movie, Rihanna appears in a bowler hat in the role of Bubble, a shapeshifting Glamopod entertainer. The audiences loved Rihanna’s performance and if Besson wants to draw the American audience more, he should give Rihanna a bigger part in the sequel.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 Crew: Who Can Be Behind It?

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ has Luc Besson at the helm and the acclaimed director will be sure to make a return if ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’ is made. In fact, the director expressed his enthusiasm stating that if a movie was in the pipelines, he would sign on the very next day. The screenplay is also going to be by Besson, who claims to have finished writing the second story as well.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 Release Date: When Can It Premiere?

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ released in 2017 but did not make much of a profit. In the event that a second movie is greenlit, it would still take some time to make, being a space opera, and due to Besson’s meticulous nature. Thus we do not expect ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’ to release before 2022 or 2023 and that too if the it gets commissioned in 2020.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2 Trailer:

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2’ does not have a trailer yet but you can check out the trailer for the first movie below.

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