During a recent interview, Luc Besson revealed a desire to revisit the Fifth Element universe and create another science fiction film in the same vein as his 1997 cult classic.
According to the French director, he has long lamented creating the original Fifth Element before advanced special effects became mainstream in the entertainment industry. “I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived,” he said “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.”
Besson doesn’t envision the movie as a sequel to Fifth Element. But he would connect the new film to the original one in some way. “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 don’t know if it would be directly connected [to the original story], 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,” he added.
The fact that the proposed movie—which is still in the wishful thinking stage—would not be a sequel to Fifth Element could quell fears among fans who think the greatness of the first film would be undermined by a mediocre follow-up. Would you watch another sci-fi film from Besson? Or perhaps more important, who could the director cast to rival young Milla Jovovich?