Paul Walker Parkouring his Way to Brick Mansions aka The District 13 Remake

Paul Walker Luc Besson’s “District 13″ movies, like most of the films that come out of the Luc Besson Action Movie Assembly Line (c) is what you would call substance-free fun times. Sure, Besson and his usual partner-in-crime Robert Mark Kamen will try to throw in some “big idea” here and there, but it’ll usually come across as hackneyed and shallow. The two “District 13″ movies (aka “Banlieue 13″) were no exception. Mind you, this is me not criticizing Besson’s output. This is me accepting them for what they are.

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:

David Belle in District 13 (2004) Movie Image

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



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  • Ralph Renteria

    ok, first american remakes of foreign films suck, their are several examples of this. i’ve seen both of the original french movie and i was suprised that i liked’em both. the parkour chase scenes are badass. if David Belle does reprise his role in this one, i would consider watching it. unitl i see some good footage of tis remake im gonna say it’s going to suck

  • Shazam!

    Can anyone tell me why it is that parkour guys always run around with baggy pants, shirts with no sleeves and back packs? They all remind of me insecure gym jocks who have to constantly show other people that they have real muscle on their arms in order to feel cool.

    • justjoe

      Well, try to do a split jump over some obstacles with tight jeans on or slide trough a small window with a unbottened shirt and you gonna see why. And what´s the point of having nice muscles if you don´t show them? ;-)

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Hmmm a remake of this could work with theoriginal director and one of the actors. I think this is one of the few that could work okay.

    @Ralph- tell that to Hollywood and the audiences that swarmed to “The Ring,” “The Departed,” and “Let Me In” I’m sure people are going to flock to “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” So as long as people love the original and someone thinks it’s a good idea to remake it, it will happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000437872383 Ralph Renteria

      point, but they’re probably the same mindless zombie who go and waste their money on crappy movies like Paranormal 2 & 3

  • X_p

    the minute you start saying things “like this might work if” you already lost. you already have no choice. you are now picking whats good in a barrel full of crap. your taste is already off cus youve accepted that this kind of thing is ok. and its not. this movie will suck but air headed americans will love it as they do everything else that they are spoon fed in movie theaters. theres no way i can support this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000437872383 Ralph Renteria

      ur right, but reboots/remakes that are made jus to make a profit will bomb. next thing u know they’ll make a Human Centipiede reboot/remake or something

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        But since we’re talking B-13 and Luc Besson is attatched then it should be decent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000437872383 Ralph Renteria

    not so sure bout Paul Walker though