If there is one thing that I can say for certain, it is that Luc Besson doesn't quite have a handle on what it means to "retire." After "retiring" last year, Erik posted in January that the director's Arthur series would be continuing into a cinematic trilogy. Now Besson has said that he will be directing the first sequel, although he's made no reference to the third film specifically. According to him, he'll take on the second part, and then that's it: "Right now that is it. I am going to do Arthur 2 for sure. But that is different, it is not new, it is a continuation." I see. I guess if a movie is a continuation, and not an entirely new story, it doesn't go against ones retirement? If that's the case, I'm sure he'll direct the final film as well.

I guess his weariness is weighing on his mind. He also stated: "The thing is just that I am tired and a little dried up. There is an old saying in French: 'If you have nothing to say, just shut up.'" While I'd be inclined to agree, I think there is a difference between shutting up and repeatedly claiming that you're going to retire. But that's not all -- while he is pushing off his retirement and calling the next film his last, he still says: "If in one week, one month, one year I feel that I have the strength, I will bother you for two more hours." What's the point of claiming retirement along with a statement that you might make another film? Why not just not say anything and make another film if and when the inspiration strikes? This isn't retirement, this is a break!
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