Luc Besson denies that Lucy 2 is in active development, while also criticizing journalists for making up the story in the first place. Besson - known for action-thrillers and sci-fi films such as Nikita, The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional - had written and directed the 2014 sci-fi action film, Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as the eponymous character. She was transporting a package of unknown drugs, which had been sewn inside her abdomen. When the package broke, it contaminated her system and eventually allowed her to use 100 percent of her brain.
The story ended with seemingly no possibility of a sequel, especially considering that Johansson's character had essentially transformed herself into a USB stick. But, the movie was critically and commercially successful enough - earning 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and grossing $463.4 million globally, against an estimated production budget of only $40 million - for EuropaCorp to justify looking at another installment, and the studio's CEO, Marc Shmuger, confirmed last week that they were actively working on the sequel. Shmuger even revealed that Besson had already turned in a script for the second chapter.
However, Besson denies the report and called the story "fake news" in a recent Instagram post. Here is Besson's statement to journalists - not just entertainment journalists - as well as his denial of Lucy 2 being in development (translated from French):
You are doing a formidable, noble and useful job. You investigate, cross the information, then you intersect it so that the truth, of which you are the spokesperson, can be heard. What an honor for you to inform, to prevent, to guide, to decipher even ... But that was before. Before the Internet and your unrestrained and silly race to scoop. It does not matter if the info is right or wrong when we are the first to say anything. To the devil checks ethics or morals. Let us take up a foreign article and let us content ourselves with translating it, without perspective, without discernment. When did you lose that faith? When did you drop? We may be movies that do not please you but we apply, often for years, to serve our love and our faith. Please try to regain your dignity, your nobility, your courage. You would need so much in this difficult time. Get back from the height. Respect you.
For info: no I do not prepare Lucy 2. Neither yesterday nor tomorrow. Yet this fake News has been around the world thanks to you .... You will say to me: "It is not very serious'" It is true, you are right ... but it is "false" and normally this word should not be part of your vocabulary, because if we can no longer you believe, how do we hold a democracy? Our freedom depends on your integrity.
Although Besson is taking his frustration out on the media, it's worth noting that the original news that Lucy 2 was in active development didn't come from a journalist's source, it came directly from Besson's own studio head, Shmuger, the CEO of Besson's film company EuropaCorp, who broke the news at a recent shareholder conference in France. While the filmmaker does make valid points with regard to improper sourcing, he should probably ask Shmuger why he made that announcement in the first place.
Of course, given that Besson's latest endeavor, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, failed to take off - both critically and commercially - then perhaps it wouldn't be the worst idea to make Lucy 2, especially considering how well the first movie performed.
Source: Luc Besson