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100 days with Valerian

A sneak peek into Luc Besson’s next big flick

This past October, Luc Besson brought an early cut of the trailer for his upcoming sci-fi spectacular Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to New York Comic-Con for an early viewing.

He also sat down with some press to talk about the making of the upcoming movie and what he hopes to achieve with it.

Late last month, I was surprised to find a postcard and a book in the mail from the studio behind the film.

The glossy little photo book offers a glimpse into 100 days of filming for the upcoming movie. I’ve included a number of those shots below, along with the captions as they appear in the book.

Enjoy this peek into the process.

The book came with this lovely postcard
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This note was on the back of the postcard
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The front cover of the book
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May 2015: Last version of the script. “Ready to go now ... “
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Jean-Claude Mézières & Pierre Christin: Valerian has three dads now
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Storyboard: almost 6,000 drawings
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, Day 1: Done!!! That was a wonderful day ... Thank you Dane and Ethan!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 10: Cara and Laureline best friends forever
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 12: Welcome to planet Kirian
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 17: Lost in the desert ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 28: We have a visitor ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 38: Space odyssey!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 44: The alien of the week
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 47: Thank you to all the artists who are working on the film. You’re doing an amazing job!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 57: The tribe in front of an old spaceship ... I know it doesn’t mean anything! ... but you will get it later ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 66: Arabic delegation
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 72: Monsieur Benoît Jacquot ... and his friends. By day, he plays in Valerian. By night, he directs “La Traviata” at the Paris Opera! That’s what I call an artist ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 79: A friend from another galaxy far far away ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 81: Laureline trying to keep her head on her shoulders ...
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 86: Do not be mistaken: this guy is not a warrior; he is a politician
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 98: Valerian
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 99: Laureline
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Day 100: Last day! Last shot!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Luc Besson showered in celebration
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
The book’s backcover
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