Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: movie retrospective (video).

Georg Rockall-Schmidt sits down to examine the colourful scifi film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and ponder why it failed to fly.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was a 2017 space opera movie written and directed by Luc Besson, based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles.

Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded the film. With a production budget of around $180 million, it is both the most expensive European and independent film ever made.

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