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French screenwriter/producer/director Luc Besson ('The Fifth Element') is a busy guy. He wrote the script for the highly-anticipated 'Taken 2,' is producing a television series based on 'The Transporter,' and will be directing a gangster movie with Robert De Niro called 'Malavita.' On top of all of that, Besson has announced that he will also write and direct a live-action, English language version of French comic book series 'Valerian and Laureline' It's the story of a intergalactic secret agent who travels through both time and space with his female sidekick Laureline. The comics were created by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres in the late 1960s. Besson is so much a fan of the comics that he actually hired Mezieres as a conceptual designer on 'The Fifth Element.' No word yet on when production is slated to begin.
This project has been described as James Bond meets Dr. Who. If that doesn't sound awesome to you, I'm not sure you are currently alive. With the continued success of 'Mad Men,' it's clear that 1960's style and aesthetics are still popular. That, coupled with my unabashed love of cheesy 60's-era sci-fi, has me desperately hoping the look and feel of the comics will not be updated to fit a more modern sci-fi mold. I love the idea of a mod space agent jetting around the cosmos with his femme fatale companion; pure pulp gold. I haven't read the comics, but I may have to track them down after reading this description. Luc Besson is an interesting guy, not all the projects to which he aligns himself are of stellar quality (he did produce 'Lockout' after all), but he tends to stir up a hit every once in a while in some capacity or another. He's been directing family films for quite some time now so it'll be interesting to see him return to sci-fi.
What do you guys think? Could this something cool? Is Besson the right guy to helm this project?