Fifth Element Concept Art Brings A Sprawling Cityscape To Life

By David Wharton | 6 years ago

Fifth1There were a lot of reasons to like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, from the quirky humor to the epic storyline to Mia Jovovich running around wearing a couple of strategically placed bandages. But the movie was also a visual wonder, serving up perhaps the most memorable future landscape since Blade Runner. One of the folks who helped design the world of The Fifth Element was comics artist Jean-Claude Mezieres. Much of his Fifth Element work has popped up on Imgur, showcasing sprawling future cityscapes, high-tech laboratories, and an early on the film’s unforgettable blue alien diva. (Some of the images are NSFW.)

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One of Mezieres contributions was his design for Korben Dallas’ flying taxi cab. In fact, Dallas (played by Bruce Willis) had originally been conceived as a worker in a rocket factory, but instead he got to fly around town in a Mezieres-style cab, a change that resulted in some of the movie’s most memorable action set pieces, not to mention the way Leeloo literally falls into his life.

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Mezieres is actually reuniting with director Luc Besson for Valerian, Mezieres’ 1967 time travel comic which Besson is adapting. The comics are about “time-traveling agent Valerian and femme sidekick Laureline.” You can buy prints of Mezieres’ Fifth Element prints right here.

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