‘The Fifth Element’ Director Preps His Next Sci-Fi Film

By May 18, 2015

The next science fiction film from the acclaimed director of 1997′s The Fifth Element now has a release date.

According to Variety, Luc Besson’s next film, entitled Valerian, will be released on July 21st, 2017. The film, which has secured Dane DeHaan (ChronicleThe Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delvingne (Anna KareninaSuicide Squad), is an adaptation of a French graphic novel released in 1967. Written by Pierre Christin with art by Jean-Claude Mezieres, it tells the story of humanity’s discovery of time travel in the 28th century, and follows a time-travel agent named Valerian and his partner Laureline, who hails from medieval France. Over the course of this adventure, they’re stranded in our present, and have to contend with powerful time-manipulating aliens to restore their future so they can get back home.

The book has sold over 10 million copies, translated into 21 different languages. Production is slated to begin late this year, and Besson will fill the time working on projects that he is either writing or producing for release next year.

Dan DeHaan can next be seen in Life, based on the friendship between Life magazine photographer Dennis Stockman and actor James Dean. DeHaan plays Dean, and Robert Pattinson will be playing Stock. It will be released in the U.S. later this year. Cara Delvingne is currently shooting Suicide Squad with director David Ayer, where she’ll be playing DC Comics magic-wielder Enchantress alongside the likes of Will SMith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as the Joker. For more on Valerian as it happens, keep an eye on GeekNation!


Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.