The Fifth Element heading back to theaters with Valerian preview
Break out your multi-pass, because The Fifth Element is returning to the big screen.
EW can exclusively reveal that Luc Besson’s riotous 23rd-century caper will mark its 20th anniversary next month with a two-day theatrical re-release. Presented by Fathom Events and Sony Pictures, the screenings will showcase a 4K restoration of The Fifth Element and an exclusive preview of Besson’s new space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which opens in July.
The screenings are set for Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
Originally released in 1997, The Fifth Element stars Bruce Willis as a gruff cab driver and ex-soldier who teams up with an enigmatic orange-haired humanoid (played by Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from annihilation. The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, and Ian Holm.
With its campy tone, striking production design (partly created by comics artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud and Jean-Claude Mézières), and imaginative costumes (by Jean Paul Gaultier), The Fifth Element has gained a cult following over the past two decades. Valerian, meanwhile, looks as though it could be a spiritual successor.
Tickets are available at fathomevents.com. Sony’s home entertainment division will also be releasing The Fifth Element on 4K Ultra HD in July.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets