"I wrote to Lucas once but no answer ever came back, so I did this illustration of Valerian, Laureline, and the actors of Star Wars," Mézières says. "Now everybody is able to make their mind about the convergence or borrowing [from Valerian] as Lucas [has] never stated his influence from Valerian."
But one director, Luc Besson, has always fessed up to the debt his visual style owes Mézières, most prevalently in The Fifth Element (which Mézières and comic artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud drew concept art for.) And now, Besson is bringing the temporal agents’ adventures to the big screen this summer with Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets. The film stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline, along with Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer, and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
Mézières, Christin, and Besson have worked together to bring the comics to the screen, creating a new arc out of parts of the older comics, with Ambassador of the Shadows serving as a primary inspiration (despite the similarities in title to The Empire of a Thousand Planets).