'the fifth element' is returning to theaters for its 20th anniversary

Grab your orange wig, it’s time to save the world from destruction...again

by Jo Rosenthal
11 April 2017, 4:32pm

Donnie Darko, The Graduate, and every Studio Ghibli film: 2017 has been a big year for movie re-releases. Next out of the time capsule is a 1997 sci-fi flick with a fiery orange-haired heroine and costumes more iconic than a Star Wars reboot.

Cult classic The Fifth Element will return to theaters this May to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The film stars Bruce Willis as a military man turned cab driver who teams up with a cryptic humanoid (played by Milla Jovovich) to save Earth from annihilation.

The 4K restoration of the 90s space opera will hit theaters on Sunday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 17 as part of Fathom Events's 20th anniversary re-release, Entertainment Weekly reports.

You can bet that with the film's unforgettable set design, created by comic artist Moebius, and imaginative Jean Paul Gaultier-designed costumes (space-age crop tops, cheetah-print catsuits) will look even more outrageous in ultra high-res.

In addition to the restored film, the anniversary screenings will feature an exclusive new introduction by director Luc Besson, as well as a sneak preview of the filmmaker's upcoming film Valerian and the City of the Thousand Planets, based on the French comic series. Judging by the trailer for Valerian, the film looks like a possible spiritual successor to The Fifth Element.

Tickets are available at fathomevents.com. Sony's home entertainment division will also be releasing The Fifth Element on 4K Ultra HD in July.


Text Jo Rosenthal
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