Filmmaking can be frustrating. Writers are never quite satisfied with the finished film, directors always find one imperfection and studios can't resist butting in, too. Luc Besson has now revealed that the one issue he had while directing The Fifth Element was the "old fashioned" special effects that he believes held him back from achieving what he'd fully imagined. After recently being praised for his efforts on The Fifth Element, Besson then candidly admitted:
I was very frustrated at the time of The Fifth Element because the VFX was "old fashioned" and today the technology allows you to do anything you want - the limits are your imagination. Valerian was not possible to make 10 years ago.
While Luc Besson basically admitted during his recent Reddit discussion that he can't look at The Fifth Element without feeling a tinge of regret, he has been given the perfect opportunity to right this wrong with his upcoming adaptation of the ground-breaking French comic book series Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.
As Luc Besson made clear in the above comments, he's actually been patiently waiting for the technology to catch up before he starting work on Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. It seems as though the technology has finally done just that, though, because the latest trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is utterly resplendent. You can check out recent footage of the sci-fi epic by simply clicking below. It'll be the best thing that you do all day.
Of course, the big question now is whether or not you can truly tell the difference between the visuals in the trailer for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets and the trailer for The Fifth Element. You can take a long hard at the latter by watching the original trailer for The Fifth Element right here.
I think that's a resounding yes. Even though Luc Besson has already dipped his toes into the Valerian universe, he's revealed that he has no intention of retreating just yet. As CinemaBlend previously reported, the French director is currently in the process of writing a sequel for Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets that he hopes to put into production if the first film is a success. We'll see if Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is just that when it's finally released on July 21.