The Fifth Element script
Synopsis: In the 23rd century, a New York City cabbie, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the world in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to combine with the other four to keep the approaching Great Evil from destroying the world. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and zany broadcaster Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked industrialist Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.

FADE IN:

1EXT. DESERT NILE RIVER VALLEY - DAY

Somewhere in the Nile at the edge of the desert.

CREDITS ROLL:

WRITTEN:
EGYPT 1913

OMAR and his mule zigzag along the bottom of sun scorched dunes.

2EXT. TEMPLE EXCAVATION - DAY

The mule and the boy finally reach a camp. A few tents dwarfed by a huge

temple door jutting out of the sand. The camp is deserted except for

some kids by the temple entrance holding large mirrors, reflecting light

into the temple.

Omar leaves his mule in the shade, seizes two goatskins and slips inside

the temple.

3INT. TEMPLE - DAY

Omar makes his way uneasily down a pillared corridor that opens into a

vast room where an old scientist stands on a small wooden ladder in front of

the wall across the room. PROFESSOR MASSIMO PACOLI. A young man is beside

him, BILLY MASTERSON, age 25, an American student. He has a large sketchpad in

his hands. Behind them AZIZ, age 10, whose job is to hold the last

mirror which shines light into the expansive room.

PROFESSOR:

(deciphering)

"..when the three planets are in eclipse.."

His fingers trace across the wall which is covered with symbols and

strange hieroglyphs as he deciphers.

PROFESSOR:

"..the black hole like a door is open...

Evil comes ... sowing terror and chaos..."

See? The snake, Billy. The Ultimate Evil

... make sure you get the snake!

The Professor points emphatically to the snake, the symbol of Evil,

coming through the door between the three planets in eclipse. C.U.

Billy's hand sketches the snake quickly. He is a natural artist.

BILLY:

And when is this door opening snake act

supposed to occur?

The Professor's fingers touch the signs.

PROFESSOR:

..if this is the five..and this the thousand..

He calculates.

PROFESSOR:

Every five thousand years..

BILLY:

(kidding)

So I have some time..

He reaches for the pad.

ANGLE ON:
Omar. Standing at the entrance to the chamber with the water

bag, entranced by the sight. A skeletal hand falls on his shoulder. Omar

turns to an ancient PRIEST in a rough milled black cannock.

PRIEST:

I will take it to them my son.

Startled but obedient, Omar gives the water bag to the Priest.

PRIEST:

Go with God.. be safe from Evil..

The Priest makes the sign of the Cross on the boy's forehead, dismissing

him.

As soon as he is gone, the Priest turns a worried eye to the Professor.

ANGLE ON:
The Professor is back to translating, Billy to sketching.

PROFESSOR:

"..then arrange the elements of life against

the Terror just so.."

His fingers run on.

PROFESSOR:

"..Water..fire..earth..air..four

elements around the fifth.."

His fingers fall on the one element that has a human shape, surrounded by

all the others.

The Priest opens the water skin and begins to pour a vial of powder into

the skin.

ANGLE ON:
Aziz falling asleep. The mirror falls, the light fails.

PROFESSOR:

Aziz! Light!

The boy struggles to stay awake. The mirror comes up.

PRIEST:

Lord forgive me.. they already know too,

much..

PROFESSOR:

"..in which all the history of the Universe resides

..all the strength..all the hope..Protect us from

Evil.."

PRIEST (V.O.)

Amen..

The Professor turns to the Priest who is pouring water into a tin cup

from the skin.

PROFESSOR:

Father.. it in the most extraordinary thing..

the greatest find in history..can you imagine

the implications.

PRIEST:

Only too well... here you must be

parched..

He hands the cup to the Professor. The Professor takes it, has it almost

to his lips when..

PROFESSOR:

I mean look.. it is like a battle plan..

In his excitement he does not drink, much to the Priest's chagrin.

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Luc Besson

Luc Besson is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway, The Big Blue, and Nikita. more…

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