Magazine article Screen International

'Valerian' Secures China Release Date

Magazine article Screen International

'Valerian' Secures China Release Date

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EuropaCorp counting on China to after soft US opening.

Chinese authorities have set an August 25 release date for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

The film’s Chinese backer, Fundamental Films, confirmed the date to Screendaily today. It will be one of the first imported movies released in China following the summer blackout period, designed to protect local films.

The EuropaCorp production will be released one week before Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan who has a loyal following in China, opens on September 1.

However it will be entering a fairly crowded weekend, during which Cars 3 and Baby Driver are also opening, along with a slew of local films including Love Is A Broadway Hit, starring Wang Likun and Godrey Gao, and Huayi Brothers’ Explosion with Duan Yihong. …

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