In 1997, visionary director Luc Besson unleashed his sci-fi opus The Fifth Element on the world. It was a daunting project and the most expensive European film ever made at the time of its release, costing approximately $90 million. Much like the rest of Besson’s work, however, it polarized both critics and fans.

Chatting to Deadline, Besson admitted that he never thought the film would be so divisive. “The response in the U.S. was, at the time, very deceptive for me. The film was probably [too ahead of its time]. The film did $70 million [at the] box office. We opened at number one, but I ...

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