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Alexandre Desplat to score Valerian

September 22nd, 2016 by Dave Bowling Comments

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He might have lost the Rogue One gig to Michael Giacchino after the movie’s reshoots, but Alexandre Desplat has landed a new genre gig with none other than Luc Besson.

Besson has announced that Desplat will score his upcoming Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Hiring Desplat is a break from Besson’s frequent collaborating composer Eric Serra, who scored Leon, The Fifth Element, Lucy and Nikita, amongst others. This doesn’t mark any kind of movieland falling out (especially in the wake of the Brangellina split – I can’t believe I just freakin’ wrote that…), since Serra is still scoring thriller The Lake, which Besson produced and co-wrote. It just seems that Besson is looking for a new direction in his latest venture into science fiction territory.

For the uninitiated (where’ve you been for the last nine months?), Valerian follows a team of special government operatives who are tasked with policing Alpha, a city in space where Not Everything Is As It Seems. This being Besson, expect Fifth Element crossed with Starship Troopers crossed with James Bond.

Valerian is slated for release on 21 July 2017.

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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