District 13 Remake and Taken Sequel on the Way

Liam Neeson in Taken (2008) Movie ImageWhen I saw “Taken” all those months ago, I came away thinking Besson, the film’s co-writer and producer, should definitely make a sequel. Besson apparently agrees. Of course, the fact that the film has grossed over $100 million at the U.S. box office, effectively making it the “little action film that no one has heard of that could”, a sequel seems like a no-brainer. Besides a sequel to “Taken”, there’s also an American remake of “District 13” on the way from Besson and company.

News of the sequel and remake comes courtesy of the LA Times, which has a long article on both film’s co-writers and Besson’s writing partner Robert Mark Kamen. At the end of the article, the LAT says this:

With more action films in the works, including a sequel to “Taken” and an American version of “District 13,” a popular 2004 French thriller that Besson produced, Kamen says he’s never been happier.

“District 13” (aka “Banlieue 13”) is a near-future actioner infused with parkour action. It’s since spawn a sequel “District 13: Ultimatum”, which is due out later this year.

“Taken” starred Liam Neeson as an ex-CIA spy who shoots up Paris, France looking for his kidnapped daughter. Neeson’s character is like an older, less grumpy version of Jason Bourne, minus the shaky camerawork.

Below: In the future, the French finally learns to fight! Sort of.

District B13 (2004) Movie Poster