French dreams of rivalling Hollywood with Gallic Star Wars end in fiasco

French dreams of creating a Gallic blockbuster to rival Star Wars have gone up in smoke after the most expensive in European cinema history turned into a financial flop.

Casting a model as the female lead because she’s a lesbian may have contributed to this failure.

  • andycanuck

    So the same as the female-cast Ghostbusters remake then.

    • Clausewitz

      Pretty much. French Cinema is a laughable pretentious sad excuse for showing off tits and asses, and not much more.

  • xavier

    Yup and the infuriating thing is that the comic books are quite popular and well written. It’s not just the social justice checkbox model/actress at fault. It’s also Besson’s fault. He’s never read the comics (which is mindboggling if true; because how can he call himself a scifi/fantasy director and never read at least 1?!) and wanted to make it “literary” rather than the pulpy good fun it is that celebrates femininity, mature relationships, duty and loyalty

  • BillyHW

    Gosh that’s so funny. Socialist movie industry types sure do like taxes when other people pay them. But they always lobby for tax-relief for themselves.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Every foreign knock-off of Hollywood ends up the same way. My advice to these filmmakers is, be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.

  • Tokenn

    This wasn’t a terrible movie by any means…but the story was muddled and the leads were neither particularly heroic or romantically believable. I don’t think SJ politics had anything to do with it.