Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets breaks the record as France's most expensive film
by Fabien Lemercier
- Luc Besson’s film is the most expensive feature film in the history of French film, with EuropaCorp behind three of the top 10 French films with the biggest budgets of 2016
Made on a budget of €197.47 million according to the 2016 report on French film production published by the CNC (see article), science fiction feature Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets [+see also:
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film profile] (€78 million). It should be mentioned that Valerian... is a 100% French production.
EuropaCorp takes second place in the Top 10 biggest budget French films of 2016, with another English-language film: French-German action thriller The Lake by Steven Quale (with a budget of €66.19 million – due to be released in France on 6 September 2017).
Fourth place goes to English-language thriller Overdrive by Antonio Negret (made on a budget of €24.34 million – due to be released in France on 14 June) with its two exceptional drivers who are also thieves of the most luxurious cars in the world and are hired to steal the Bugatti 1937 of a Marseille mafia boss.
The biopic on Captain Cousteau, The Odyssey [+see also:
film profile] by Jérôme Salle is in fifth place with a budget of €20.86 million (a film which racked up 1.2 million admissions in France), followed by Stars 80 la suite by duo Frédéric Aubertin – Thomas Langmann (budget: €20.05 million – due to be released in France on 25 October), who hope their mix of comedy and music will repeat the success they enjoyed in theatres in 2012.
In seventh place is the highly-anticipated Au revoir là-haut by Albert Dupontel, the plot of which takes place after the end of the First World War (see news article – budget: €19.75 million – due to be released in France on 18 October).
The top 10 biggest budget French majority productions of 2016 is completed by another English-language EuropaCorp film (100% French production Mrs Sloane by John Madden – €18.36 million), French-Canadian period drama A Bag of Marbles [+see also:
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film profile] by Guillaume Canet (€17.96 million – 1.29 million admissions in France).
(Translated from French)