Luc Besson Still Interested in Making More 'Fifth Element' Sci-Fi Films
"Time not important. Only life important." Say what?! It's not happening yet and this isn't any indication that it will happen, but we can still hope. We can still dream. One of my personal all-time favorite sci-fi movies is The Fifth Element, directed by French filmmaker Luc Besson in 1997. Since then, Besson has gone on to direct a number of other films, as well as produce and write other hits like the Taken series. But it sounds like he still has a desire to get back to hardcore space opera sci-fi eventually (despite a retirement announcement a few years ago). Besson commented on his attraction to Fifth Element in a recent interview.
Speaking to The Playlist about his latest film The Family (which has received dismal reviews unfortunately), Luc Besson brought up The Fifth Element when asked this question: "You've produced a lot of sequels to the movies you've overseen. Do you want to go back and do one for a film you've directed?"
"The Fifth Element I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived. So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot. Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships. And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time. So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure."
I would love to see him come back and make a Fifth Element sequel, or another space opera. It was rumored he might be working on some kind of "big scale" sci-fi with Angelina Jolie, but Besson hasn't moved forward with that yet. When asked about if he would do something that is a direct sequel to Fifth Element, he says: "I don't know if it would be directly connected but it would be the same area and the same genre. So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other." That makes sense, but it's also a safe/vague answer that doesn't really provide any details. For now it means we have a while to wait to see if anything like this actually comes together, but it sounds like science fiction is on Besson's mind again.
Are there any other big fans of Fifth Element out there excited at the prospect of Besson's return to sci-fi? Or has he moved on to other (lesser) work and won't be able to replicate the success of that movie? He's still one of my favorite directors, I just wish he would return to form and return to the work of his earlier years.