Luc Besson’s “District 13″ movies, like most of the films that come out of the Luc Besson Action Movie Assembly Line
As you may recall, Besson has announced an American remake of “District 13″ for a while now, and it appears he’s finally ready to toss it onto the conveyer belt of his assembly line, with news that Paul Walker is in talks for one of the film’s two male leads. The parkour-intensive franchise will also return David Belle, considered the Godfather of parkour, as the other lead. Belle was one of the two stars of the original french films along with Cyril Raffaelli.
Belle doing what Belle does best:
Like the French version, the newly titled “Brick Mansions” will be set in the near future, where the poor have been ghetto’ed in the eponymous Brick Mansions. Walker would play an undercover cop who infiltrates the Mansions to retrieve a stolen weapon of mass destruction in the hands of a powerful crimelord. Belle would play a Mansions inhabitant who assists our hero, presumably by doing some insane parkour stunts around what will surely be plenty of high-rise buildings. If Besson stays true to form, look for some conspiracy angle whereby the American Government is generically implicit in the crimelord’s shenanigans.
Besson and Kamen wrote the script for the remake, and the directing gig is expected to go to another as-yet-unnamed Besson protege.
Via : Deadline