It's been 16 long years since The Fifth Element came out, but director Luc Besson would like to make a sequel one of these days.
Besson has been making the press rounds for his new crime comedy, The Family, and was asked if there is any one of his films that he would like to sequelize. The answer was The Fifth Element, his pulpy 1997 sci-fi action/comedy that starred Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Ian Holm and presented Milla Jovovich to the world wearing little more than a piece of string.
Speaking with Indiewire, Besson said, "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."
So while that means we may not see Bruce and Milla back in action in a proposed followup, Besson is interested in returning to his crazy 23rd-century universe using today's special effects: "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."
The Fifth Element was pretty dazzling for its time visually, and we enjoyed Besson's surreal European take on space opera, so we'd be up for seeing what he came up for a sequel. How about you? Would you like to see the director return to the world of Mondoshawans, Mangalores and the Great Evil?
(via Giant Freakin' Robot)