Visionary French filmmaker Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is now in theaters, so you might be wondering if you have to sit through the end credits for a special scene. The answer is no, once the credits start, the movie is over. However, it doesn’t mean the adventures of Major Valerian and Sergeant Laureline are over. In fact, they are just beginning.
Valerian runs 129 minutes, but you don’t have to sit in the theater until the last credits are over. There are no extra scenes playing during the credits and there is nothing after the film is over.
Besson has been hoping to make Valerian a reality for most of his career, as he revealed in a June featurette released by distributor STX Entertainment. It is based on a long-running French comic book series called Valerian and Laureline that ran from 1967 to 2010 and he first dreamed of bringing that to life while making his 1997 cult classic The Fifth Element.
In a July interview with Deadline, Besson said Valerian comic book writer Jean-Claude Mezieres asked him why he didn’t make a film of Valerian in 1997.
“My first answer was, ‘Because it’s impossible,'” Besson recalled. “In my memory, there are basically two actors and a billion monsters, and I didn’t know how we could do it. I went back to the comics to read them again. I arrived at the same conclusion—impossible. But every year I looked again and thought, maybe one day it is possible. So I took an option, and started writing a little bit.”
Besson is hoping that international audiences fall in love with Valerian as much as he has, especially since there are so many more stories he could tell. In an interview with Nerdist, Besson said he’s already working on two more Valerian movies.
“I finished the number 2 already and I’m writing the number 3. I don’t know if we will do it, because it’s not up to me. It’s up to the audience if they like it. But my friends all said, ‘Why are you writing the second one? You don’t even know if you’re going to do it,'” Besson said. “[And I said] ‘I don’t care. It’s fine. I’m just happy to write it. I’m enjoying writing it. I don’t even wait. I’m just writing for myself. So I finished the [sequel] already, and I got bored a month ago, so I said, ‘Let’s write the third.’”
Valerian earned mixed reviews from critics, and only has a 66 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, audiences might be dazzled enough by the visuals and action that the film could become a hit.