Very rarely does it seem like Hollywood is content with sticking the landing for an ambitious, big budget film and simply walking away. If a film catches on and a sequel isn’t being made, there’s a whole lot of money being left on the table. As such, regardless of whether or not we know if a film will ultimately be successful, filmmakers are often already doing prep work on potential sequels. For studios, it’s another means to make money, but for creatives, it’s an opportunity to delve deeper into a fun world they’ve created.
Filmmaker Luc Besson is someone who has had a chance to create numerous stylized and fun worlds, and the latest of them comes in the form of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Already a teaser has hit the web, and there’s a full trailer on the way.
However, like many filmmakers, Besson already has his eyes set on the future. While he isn’t flat-out assuming success with Valerian, he’s definitely hopeful and ready. While at a special even earlier this week, Besson was asked which of the Valerian graphic novels he’d adapt next. While he didn’t answer, he did divulge that he’s already writing the screeplay for the next film.
“I like to be ready in case it’s working. If it doesn’t work, you’re always ready. There’s nothing to prep, but if we’re lucky and people like the film, I would love to do a second one for sure, because I love the characters. They’re fun together, [actors] Cara [Delevigne] and Dane [DeHaan], so I want to do one more.”
Well, it never hurts to be ready. I myself enjoyed the first teaser, but also know the film has the potential to be style over substance. If the story has no character legs to stand on, then it’ll likely be dead in the water. However, if it does take off, this could prove a nice little franchise for Besson, one that he could keep mining for stories down the line.
We’re hopeful this could turn into a great film, but whenever a movie seems to have such heavy emphasis on visuals and CG, modern audiences have started to sort of glaze over. Will this film be able to hit it big with audiences, or will it be the next John Carter sci-fi dud? We’ll have to wait and see.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21, 2017!