Thirteen years have passed since French filmmaker Luc Besson's cult sci-fi flick The Fifth Element hit theaters, and yet the sound of Milla Jovovich saying "multi-pass" is still enough to send fans into a frenzy.
Besson is at last ready to return to the sci-fi genre and will direct a new feature full of creative futuristic technology and bizarre alien creatures (perhaps we will at last learn just what a meat Popsicle is).
The Professional director (pun not intended) is currently designing the creatures that will appear in his as-yet-Untitled Sci-Fi Film, the plans for which Besson admits were in part inspired by the technology used in Avatar and the exotic world that James Cameron and his creative team developed for the 3D epic.
Here are some of Besson's more general thoughts on the improvements in visual FX technology over the last decade, from his recent interview with Fantasy.Fr:
"When I did 'The Fifth Element,' I already had the technological tools that were a little outdated. With the advent of digital technology, it is amazing what you can do. The technique has caught the imagination. One can imagine anything, there will always technicians to follow you in your delusion. "
While Besson has only sat in the director's chair for a handful of films over the past decade, he was responsible for the concepts behind the District 13 series, the surprise hit Taken with Liam Neeson, and The Transporter franchise with Jason Statham. Besson has also produced 42 movies since 1999, so no one can accuse him of taking it easy of late.
Besson wants to shoot his, as he describes it, "very, very big" Untitled Sci-Fi Movie in 2012 and 2013 and hopes for a theatrical release in either 2013 or 2014 - going by the filmmaker's history, it should, if nothing else, prove to be quite a visually stunning affair.