Despite his recent comments to the contrary, Luc Besson will direct two sequels to his current hit Arthur And The Minimoys.

Besson said he was overjoyed with the success of Arthur which has enjoyed more than 5 million admissions in France since its December release.

'So, I am going to direct Arthur And The Vengeance of Maltazard for a 2009 release and Arthur And The War Of Two Worlds for 2010,' he told French daily Le Parisien.

In a radio programme in September 2006, Besson had said that Arthur And The Minimoys, his tenth directing effort, would be his last.

'That's it, it's over. It was a cycle and was very interesting to be able to say I made 10 films that I am proud of. They are all my babies, I love them all. I'm very happy to have been able to do this cycle,' he told RTL.

Asked if he thought he would go back on his decision and begin anew, he answered, 'If I still have something to say I'll come back, but I don't know what the next cycle could be.'