Luc Besson Still Interested in Making More 'Fifth Element' Sci-Fi Films

September 16, 2013
Source: The Playlist

The Fifth Element

"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.

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Reader Feedback - 25 Comments


The effects are the only thing wrong with the fifth element. Fantastic movie and I'd love to see more.

Jon Odishaw on Sep 16, 2013


Oh boy, I remember Lucas saying something along the same lines of waiting for the technology to progress enough for him to deliver his next chapter.. and look where that got us. Leave it alone, the movie was great ( outside of a certain annoying co-star), had fun action, cool style, driven by a simple good vs evil plot, and nicely wrapped up ending

Tester on Sep 16, 2013


I agree. I don't want to see a sequel to The Fifth Element anymore than I want a sequel to Bladerunner or Gattaca or any number of other excellent standalone scifi classics. Some films need to be left alone! Not everything needs to be stretched into a franchise that dilutes the originality of the concept and waters down the legacy, for profit. Hollywood is paved with the corpses of dead horse franchises, flogged into oblivion. Robocop, Aliens, Terminator...even Star Wars. Nothing is sacred. Listen to Oscar Wilde: "There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it." But I would love to see Besson do something entirely original in scifi.

crystaltowers on Sep 17, 2013


I think my favorite thing about the story is how the hero (Willis) never even knew about the villain (Oldman). They were both doing their own thing and it played out. THAT is good story telling.

CainCrow on Sep 17, 2013


i tried to like it but i couldnt get past Chris Tucker.

Snowmanfloza on Sep 16, 2013


How can you not like Chris Tucker's Ruby Rhod? That role was genious! Bzzzzzzz!

Bruce Willy on Sep 16, 2013


I just LOL A LOT with that, Priceless.

wylles on Sep 16, 2013


Seriously. Definitive break-out role. Shame, he seems quite underemployed these days. Edit: Oldman was also priceless. But yep... THAT'S good direction.

avconsumer2 on Sep 17, 2013


Not trying to be a jerk or troll but Chris Tucker (who I love) is a jerk. He wants creative control over the movies he's in and he just hasnt been around long enough. I'd like to see alot more of him too. I find him genuinely funny.

CainCrow on Sep 17, 2013


Yeah, never worked with the guy, but from his timeline, it does look like he has some kind of problem - with Silver Linings Playbook being the only minor role he's done aside from the Rush Hours. Maybe Luc can talk him into something.

avconsumer2 on Sep 18, 2013


One of my favorite films... the costumes, story everything was fun about it... BTW good point tester about the technology and how that doesnt mean we get a good film.

Derek Scontrino on Sep 16, 2013


YES PLEASE! I'll love to see another sci fi movie like Fifth Element. Fifth Element is still one of the most fun sci fi movies out there that doesn't take itself too seriously, especially since we are living in an age where most sci fi movie are too dark, too serious and just lacking a sense of fun.

lars on Sep 16, 2013


Well Refn is supposedly doing an Incal film, so there's that.

Japetto on Sep 17, 2013


Would love it but it has to be Besson. No one else.

Jim Dawkins on Sep 16, 2013


Good! Now go and do it!

Jimmy Love on Sep 16, 2013


The Fifth Element seemed a perfect storm of a movie, not sure if making more would work, maybe he could make some Moebius stories?

Carpola on Sep 17, 2013



Xerxexx on Sep 17, 2013


2 words.... Batman. Beyond.

Marsius on Sep 17, 2013


1 word. Yawn.

crystaltowers on Sep 17, 2013


Luc Besson sci-fi. Sign me up. Yesterday.

avconsumer2 on Sep 17, 2013


I would like to see more of the 5th element universe in the same way as I would love to see more of the Blade Runner universe just as I would love to see the Underverse. Doing a new story in the 5th element universe would be really neat, maybe have a Corbin/Lilu cameo.

bugger_butt on Sep 17, 2013


As long as its not a direct sequel. It was a very self contained story.

CainCrow on Sep 17, 2013


Why ruin a good thing? Of course it's modern Hollywood we're talking about here.

cobrazombie on Sep 18, 2013


Kind of on the fence here, as the The Fifth Element is my all-time favorite movie. On the one hand, why screw around with perfection. On the other hand, I'd love to see the story continued.

Brent Snyder on Sep 18, 2013


wonder why because the original was utter crap? oh yes forgot of!!

yourmamma on Sep 20, 2013

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