Exclusive clip: Luc Besson digs into the origins of The Fifth Element

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:12 AM EDT (Updated)

With Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets set to open this month, the filmmakers’ cult hit The Fifth Element is finally getting a 4K rerelease — and we have an exclusive clip of Besson talking about how he came up with the idea in the first place.

Besson's The Fifth Element on 4K Ultra HD hits shelves today, and we have a clip from the special features with the director looking back at the film’s extremely long development cycle. It all started with Besson just trying to tell a story, then promptly throwing most of it in the trash because it was a mess (this was way before Leeloo was even a part of the story).

So what finally led to his breakthrough? Check out our clip to find out, and be sure to revisit the sci-fi classic while you’re at it: