‘Valerian’ Director Luc Besson Explains Why France’s Most Expensive Film Ever Isn’t Much Risk For The Studio

The Playlist | 6/23/2017 | Kevin Jagernauth
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When Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk” opens next month, it’s going to have some competition from another movie offering plenty of big screen spectacle: “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.” Luc Besson‘s big, sci-fi flick is the most expensive to have ever been made in France, with a a final price tag of €197.47 million (about $210 million U.S.). That’s not cheap, and while you might think the film needs to be a monster hit for backers EuropaCorp (which Besson heads up), the director explains they’re pretty well covered.

In an interview with Screen Daily, Besson reveals that ‘Valerian’ has pretty much already paid for itself.

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“Like every film company, we will only greenlight a project if at least 80% of its budget is covered. With ‘Valerian,’...
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