Director Luc Besson is already back on the horse, mere months after Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets took a box office and critical beating. Reportedly, Besson has already finished the script for a sequel to 2014’s Lucy.
In comparison, Lucy fared worse with critics than Valerian, however it did benefit from bankable leads Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, as well as a smaller production budget, meaning that it actually ended up being a bigger financial success than the Besson’s recent science fiction epic that ended up losing $135 million.
In response to Valerian’s shocking loss, studio EuropaCorp now plans to release several smaller budget movies each year – some aimed at English speaking audiences, and others being French language films aimed at their core audience. And so, it appears that Lucy 2 will be one of those smaller budget pictures.
The biggest question about this sequel is where the story will actually go, given that the first movie had a pretty definitive end, that wrapped up its titular character’s story. This doesn’t exactly lend itself to additional outings.
Lucy is pseudo-psychology at its strangest, suggesting that our brains would be capable of breaking the laws of physics, if only we thought about things hard enough. This led to a lot of eye-rolling from audiences and critics, that will likely be amplified should the sequel follow the same path.
However, Luc Besson has proved time and time again that he’s not short of weird and wonderful ideas to put up on the big screen, and as it is very unlikely that we will be seeing the Valerian sequels that he was eagerly working on before the first movie’s release, it would be great to see what he can do with a female-led action franchise, now he’s established Lucy can literally bend space and time to her will.