Luc Besson Will Be Making a Sci-Fi Movie Next Year!
Luc Besson is back! And I don't mean with more Arthur and the Invisibles sequels! Collider has confirmed with Besson himself that he is currently working on an idea for a potential sci-fi trilogy that will start up production next year sometime. Why is this exciting news? So the story goes that over two years ago, Besson announced the he would finish his directing career with a total of 10 movies, the last of which was Arthur and the Invisibles. For big fans of The Fifth Element (like me) that was heartbreaking to hear - because I want him to keep making so that he might make another classic sci-fi film. That all changed when he said he'd make the sequels to Arthur, but I never thought he'd actually ever get back to sci-fi!
Besson only teased Collider by saying everything would come together "next year." When prodded about the idea of a trilogy, he finally broke down. "Honestly, right now, I'm all about the characters and I didn't divide yet… it's a big story, I'll see later." As any smart screenwriter is doing, he's coming up with the story first before he starts deciding whether it needs to be a trilogy or whether it could fit into one movie. "First is the story. Characters, story. And when it's good and ready you always find people who like it," Besson explains. That's all we've really got at the moment, but that's enough to get me giddy with excitement. Besson returning to sci-fi is almost as exciting as hearing that Ridley Scott is returning to sci-fi, too!
When I met Luc a few years ago at Sundance (read that interview), I told him how much I loved Fifth Element, but it seemed he rarely got that kind of reaction. I think over the years, with continued emphasis like that, he's finally found an idea that he can turn into a full-fledged sci-fi film and decided to come back again once more to direct it. Early last year, Besson explained that he thought the special effects in Fifth Element weren't as great as they could've been (which is a bit confusing, because I think they still look amazing). At the end he said, "I really would love to do another sci-fi where I can be much more free with the special effects." Could this trilogy he mentioned to Collider finally be it? I certainly hope so!