Director / CrewHey, Reddit. I'm Luc Besson, director, screenwriter, and fan of all things scifi. Here’s your chance… AMA!
Oct 18th 2017 by Luc_Besson • 50 Questions • 1046 Points
Hey, Reddit. I'm Luc Besson, director, screenwriter, and fan of all things scifi. Here’s your chance… AMA!
EDIT: Hey guys, thank you so much for joining. I’m off to shoot ANNA soon, so I’ll be back again with more questions from you I guess. In the meantime, be sure to check out Valerian on Digital HD November 7th (pre-order HERE), and then VOD, Blu Ray, and DVD 11/21. See you in space.
What's the most annoying thing an actor can do when you are directing?
Not to know his lines.
5th Element is my favorite movie, but I always wondered, why did Zorg not get his leg fixed?
Too expensive. He's frugal
What do you think are the biggest differences between the French and American styles of film making?
French are deeper, but sometimes too deep. Americans are efficient and sometimes too efficient.
Are we ever going to get a sequel to Léon with Natalie Portman playing a grown Mathilda?
We never know....on one hand, I would love to see Mathilda older and I think that half of the people will love me for that and the other half will hate me for that. So I dont know what to do.
I really loved the 3D used in Valerian. It was some of the best 3D I have ever seen.
Why are they not releasing a 3D Blu-Ray of the film in the US?
I dont know but I'm going to ask
Good day, Luc. Any change we can get a digital release of The Big Blue with the Bill Conte score? Eric's was good, but I fell in love with the movie with Bill's music.
I hate Bill's music in the film. Sorry
The Airtight Garage by Moeibus
I took my 8 year old son to see Valerian, and we both really loved it. I was disappointed that the film didn't connect with American audiences, because I thought it was great fun.
Can you tell us what might have been in store for these characters in the sequel? Is there an ark that you had hoped to play out in the next film or films?
In the next one we will know much more about Laureline and Valerian and where they come from. Their past....
On a scale from 1 to 10, how annoyed are you that people keep asking you a sequel to The 5th Element/Leon/Whatever movie?
- It makes me so happy that my films are still alive in the mind of people. I will be eternally grateful to you.
Let's have a dinner first
Gary was amazing, inventive, and spectacular. Jean was, at the time, deeply in love and not concentrated. I had to fight with him. Good news is, he came back to his senses.
What advice do you have for someone not in Hollywood looking to get their writing portfolio in the hands of producers or agents who can sell their work?
Most of the people send their work too soon. You have to work again and again on your script until you don't know how to make it better. That's the signal that you should send it to someone to read.
Any chance in getting the "The Story Of..." books released in English? I have lost the 5th Element book and my French isn't as good to read the Story of Leon (which I have in French)
We're working on it. Hopefully soon.
Do you have any relationship/communication with Jodorowski?
I absolutely love The Fifth Element and don’t think it was stolen from him. But I love that it seemed inspired by his work.
I’d love to see you and he truly collaborate on a project someday.
He waited until Fifth Element became a huge success and after the DVD release, he sued me. Then he lost. I have nothing more to say about him
Why do you think Velerian wasn’t able to bring in a wider audience? Do you think it’s because the source material wasn’t known that well to the general public?
I think today there's so many films to watch, so many solicitations, that if the promotion is not well made, no one is aware.
Avatar, Whiplash, Miss Sloane, Get Out......those are the first that came out of my mind
What is the next big project you are going to be working on?
Shooting ANNA in 10 days
Hey Luc, after the less enthusiastic response to the latest entry, is the transporter franchise officially dead now? Is the planned trilogy not going ahead?
The good thing about movies and characters...they never really died.
Thank you Luc for all of your work! Valerian pulled me from my sit and into a beautiful world!
If you could offer a piece of advice..directing/filming is a passion of mine, how can one grow, within themselves, in your opinion, as a filmmaker?
Two things to do: never lie to yourself and open your senses 24 hours per day. Stories are everywhere around you, in the air, in the people, in the nature, everywhere.
I would love to. Maybe a TV series...
which sci-fi films inspire jealousy in that you wish you had made them but could not do better, and which sci-fi films inspire anger in that you know you could have made them better?
Jealousy and anger are the worst engines to create. Desire, admiration, excitement are the good ones. 2001 is stunning. Brazil is unforgettable, the first Alien is a beacon, and the first Star Wars is just pure genius.
Luc, I haven't seen all of your work (I plan to watch Leon and Nikita soon), but I adore the Fifth Element and admire some qualities about Valerian (I think it could've been a lot better, though).
I have a few questions about Valerian, if you don't mind:
1) What inspired the Big Market scene, and the opening with Alpha's construction? Those were my favorite parts of the film, aside from Bubble's dance :)
2) What did Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin think of the film? Do you know?
3) Alexandre Desplat gave the film a fantastic score. Was he your first choice, and how did you get him involved with the project?
1) I got the idea of Big Market almost 20 years ago by going through an x-ray machine and seeing myself in two different ways: 1 in flesh and 1 in bones. It's still me but it's two different representations. That's the beginning of the idea of Big Market. 2) Jean-Claude and Pierre waited almost 50 years to see a film about Valerian and Laureline. They were crying when they watched it. I was crying too. Everybody was crying. We are such babies. 3) Alexandre was my first choice. It was just a pure pleasure working with him.
Bonjour, Luc! Im a big fan of your films, and the cast for Anna looks great so far!
Is there anyone in Hollywood that you have yet to work with that you would be excited to collaborate with?
So many actors and actresses are amazing. So I would be happy to work with many of them. My only question is always the same: who is the best for the part?
The Fifth Element and Leon are two of my favorite movies of all time. Was there ever any pressure to try to follow these movies up with sequels? To me, they are perfect movies, and stand well on their own, but in this day and age, studios want to franchise everything. Was there ever an idea for The Fifth Element 2?
I'm not very sensitive to pressure. I try to be honest with myself. If I find a good idea for a sequel, whatever the film is, I will do it.