Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has just entered theaters but it appears that the naive director is pushing forward with the narrative. This is a good sign for fans of the directors work, which includes cut classic The Fifth Element.
In a recent interview with The Nerdist, Besson says he already has finished a script for Valerian 2, but he just couldn’t stand by and wait to see how Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets does in theaters. The story seems to have inspired him to keep going. This is a good sign to anyone questioning the foundations of the story for Valerian:
“I finished the number 2 already and I’m writing the number 3. I don’t know if we will do it, because it’s not up to me. It’s up to the audience if they like it. But my friends all said, ‘Why are you writing the second one? You don’t even know if you’re going to do it.’ [And I said] ‘I don’t care. It’s fine. [laughs] I’m just happy to write it. I’m enjoying writing it. I don’t even wait. I’m just writing for myself. So I finished the [sequel] already, and I got bored a month ago, so I said, ‘Let’s write the third.”
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is getting decent reviews, and holding a 7.2/10.0 score on Rottentomatoes.
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is currently in theaters.