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Details For Unproduced Fifth Element Sequel Revealed By Co-Writer

February 14, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Fifth Element

The Fifth Element was a huge hit worldwide when it released in 1997, and now the co-writer has revealed details on the sequel that was never made. Robert Kamen spoke with Uproxx and revealed that there was a sequel planned that was based on material removed from the original script that was written by director Luc Besson.

Kamen note that Besson’s script “was actually 180 pages, and then he added a second part to it, which made no sense either. We were going to do it as a sequel, but it made no sense, and The Fifth Element wasn’t big enough here. It was huge in the rest of the world, and it’s a classic, but it only did $75 million here or $80 million. It was way ahead of its time. So we never did the sequel, and the sequel would have been taking the other 180-page thing he had and working it into a script. He and I worked for a long time, we’ve since done 15 or 16 films together.”

The film starred Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, the latter in her mainstream breakout role as a mysterious woman in 2263 who falls into the life of Willis’ soldier-turned-cab driver Corbin Dallas and drags him into a quest to save the world from a great evil that awakens every 5,000 years. Critically praised on its release, the film grossed $263.9 million worldwide but only $63.6 million of that in the US while the budget was a spendy $90 million, the most expensive European film of all-time at that point.

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