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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

FRANCE CHINA $180m Eng lang tentpole Valerian

A Chinese production company invested $50m of the staggering $180m budget - standard fare for Big Six Hollywood fantasy, sci-fi and action franchise flicks but more than twice the previous highest budget French production, the $78m Asterix.

To put that into perspective, the UK's consistently most successful production company, WT, have never since exceeded the $100m of war action movie Green Zone, a Matt Damon vehicle.

Having watched the trailer, it strikes me as Blade Runner meets Avatar - though director Lux Besson's 20 year-old Hollywood sci-fi hit The Fifth Dimension is another apt comparison. Where that movie starred Bruce Willis in his global box office pomp, it's much less certain that lead Cara Delevingne can carry the marketing. Her presence didn't help Suicide Squad's relatively disappointing box office.

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt2239822/

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https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2017/jan/04/sci-fi-and-superheroes-2017-can-luke-skywalker-save-us-from-hollywoods-bleak-year-ahead-ridley-scott-blade-runner-ryan-gosling-week-in-geek?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

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