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Films: Banlieue 13 (District 13, District B13, Ghetto Gangz)
« on: Fri, Oct 01, 2010, 09:03 AM »
The first time I saw David was in Banlieue 13. It's a French action film from 2004 produced and co-written by Luc Besson in order to showcase the talents of Cyril Raffaelli and David Belle. Cyril is a martial artist and stuntman (he did the fight choreography for The Transporter series, for example) while David is the founder of parkour. Between them they came up with absolutely breathtaking action sequences that they performed entirely on their own (no stuntmen here, since no one could do this stuff better than them anyway) filmed to perfection by Pierre Morel (who later went on to direct Taken). I cannot recommend that film enough.      
                        
Here's the trailer:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/suiYQLcrUoI?fs=1&amp;amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/suiYQLcrUoI?fs=1&amp;amp;hl=en_GB</a>

And here's the opening chase scene, to this day the best parkour scene caught on film:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/G2_p8JJHRTA?fs=1&amp;amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/G2_p8JJHRTA?fs=1&amp;amp;hl=en_GB</a>

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Re: Films: Banlieue 13 (District 13, District B13, Ghetto Gangz)
« Reply #1 on: Sat, Oct 02, 2010, 06:21 AM »
Thanks for posting these. The first time I saw these clips, I assumed it was wirework or cgi or some other fakery. After I learned that this is real, I was blown away! He's like a superhero. Batman couldn't even do that stuff without expensive scifi gadgets! And as I watch these clips again, I'm struck by how graceful he is. All that death-defying craziness looks like extreme ballet when he does it.

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DISTRICT B13 To Be Remade As BRICK MANSIONS
« Reply #2 on: Wed, Oct 26, 2011, 11:47 AM »
http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/10/afm-2011-luc-besson-prepping-brick-mansions-an-english-language-remake-of-district-b13.php

DISTRICT B13 To Be Remade As BRICK MANSIONS


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AFM 2011: Luc Besson Prepping BRICK MANSIONS, An English Language Remake Of DISTRICT B13

by Todd Brown, October 25, 2011 4:52 PM

Whether you call it Banlieue 13, District 13 or District B13 - it was released under all three titles in different territories - there's no denying that the Luc Besson produced action film caused something of a sensation upon release. For many it represented a first exposure to the sport of parkour - or free running - and the film's fusion of that free flowing style with traditional martial arts made it a hit among fans of international action.

And now Besson wants to do it again. In English.

EuropaCorp's American Film Market mailout declares that an English language remake titled Brick Mansions is now in production. But given that it does not list a director or cast - i.e. we do not know yet whether original star and co-founder of the parkour movement David Belle will appear - and the IMDB currently lists the project as in-development that seems a little bit premature. Here's the official synopsis, however:
  • Chicago suburbs: nobody has control over Brick Mansions. Damien, an undercover cop, is facing an extreme mission: a mass-destruction weapon was stolen by Tremaine, the most powerful drug dealer in the Ghetto and Damien needs to infiltrate the gang to defuse the bomb. To accomplish his mission, he needs help from someone who knows well Brick Mansions: Lino, an expert at getting out of trouble with his extraordinary agility. Lino has had problems with the police in the past, but needs the mission to rescue his sister abducted by Tremaine. Will he accept joining forces with Damien?...Will they succeed in bringing down Tremaine?

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Re: Films: Banlieue 13 (District 13, District B13, Ghetto Gangz)
« Reply #3 on: Thu, Oct 27, 2011, 05:31 AM »

http://www.deadline.com/2011/10/paul-walker-in-talks-for-luc-bessons-district-b-13-redo-brick-mansions/

Paul Walker In Talks For Luc Besson’s ‘District B 13′ Redo ‘Brick Mansions’

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Walker is in talks to star in Brick Mansions, the Americanized remake of the Paris-set Banlieue 13. The film has a script by Luc Besson (who co-wrote the original) and Robert Mark Kamen, Besson’s collaborator on Taken. The idea is for Walker to star with David Belle. Belle starred in the original and the sequel District 13: Ultimatum and he is also credited with creating Parkour, a sport that involves agility and leaping and climbing around obstacles. There is a lot of that in these films.

The film will be set in American city, most likely Chicago. Walker will play an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowering in fear of the drug dealers. Besson’s Europa Corp is producing, and while a number of Hollywood actors wanted the Lino role, Besson would not make the movie unless Belle was in it.

The original Banlieue 13 was directed by Pierre Morel, who went on to direct Besson’s Taken and From Paris With Love. Besson is giving this directing job to another protégé, but the company would not reveal who he is. Europa Corp will soon make a domestic distribution deal, which never seems to be a problem with the modestly budgeted smart action thrillers that Besson hatches. I’m sure there will be AFM action on Brick Mansions, though Besson is preoccupied with the Oscar season launch of The Lady, the film he directed with Michelle Yeoh starring as Burmese democracy reformist Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis playing her husband Michael Aris, who kept their family together while she was placed under house arrest for more than a decade. Both are expected to be in the awards season mix after the film bowed at 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired for domestic distribution by Cohen Media Group.

Walker will make the film before reprising his role in The Fast and the Furious 6. He’s repped by UTA and Luber Rocklin. Here is a trailer from the sequel that captures the acrobatics and action that distinguished both films:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/z26nkn2xwss" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/z26nkn2xwss</a>


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Re: Films: Banlieue 13 (District 13, District B13, Ghetto Gangz)
« Reply #4 on: Thu, Oct 27, 2011, 07:32 AM »
Nice! Let's see how this develops!

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Re: Remake of Banlieue 13 (District 13)
« Reply #5 on: Fri, Oct 28, 2011, 01:16 PM »
http://www.slashfilm.com/paul-walker-talks-luc-bessons-district-13-remake/#more-114743

Paul Walker Could Star in Luc Besson’s ‘District 13′ Remake ‘Brick Mansions’
Posted on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 by Angie Han

So, that Americanized version of Pierre Morel’s French thriller District 13 we reported on back in 2009 is still happening, and it may have just found one of its stars. Paul Walker has entered negotiations to join the cast of the remake, which will be titled Brick Mansions and relocated to a city in the States (probably Chicago).

But the news isn’t all bad! Also on board is David Belle, who starred in the original and its sequel but will be playing a different character here. Plus, the script comes from Luc Besson, who co-wrote the original, and Robert Mark Kamen, who collaborated with Besson on Taken. More details after the jump.

Brick Mansions will revolve around an undercover detective (Walker) going after a drug dealer who’s stolen a weapon of mass destruction. He heads to a ghetto known as Brick Mansions to find the criminal, enlisting the help of the fearless and flexible Lino (Belle).

According to Deadline, several Hollywood actors were eyeing the part of Lino, but Besson ultimately turned them down because he did not want to make the film without Belle. The actor and stuntman is also the founder of parkour, a style of movement that emphasizes the use of agility and speed to get around urban obstacles. As Deadline helpfully notes, “There is a lot of that in these films.” Besson also selected the director, who is said to be a protégé of his. However, Besson’s EuropaCorp has declined to reveal the identity of said helmer at this time.

Morel’s 2004 original (titled Banlieue 13 in French) was a critical and commercial hit in its native country, and gained worldwide attention for its use of parkour. The sequel, District 13: Ultimatum (or Banlieue 13 Ultimatum in French) was released in 2009, with director Patrick Alessandrin.

If Walker finalizes his deal, he’ll do the part before heading to reprise his role as Brian O’Conner for Fast Six. As the next two installments of the Fast and the Furious franchise are likely to shoot back to back through much of 2012, Brick Mansions will presumably begin filming late this year or early next year. Walker also recently signed on for the Hurricane Katrina thriller Hours, which is scheduled to start shooting in March.

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Re: Films: Banlieue 13 (District 13, District B13, Ghetto Gangz)
« Reply #6 on: Sat, Feb 16, 2013, 08:38 AM »
deadline.com has another update on this topic:

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Relativity Media On For ‘Brick Mansions,’ The ‘Banlieue 13′ Remake With Paul Walker
By MIKE FLEMING JR | Wednesday February 13, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Furthering its commitment to co-finance action films from Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp, Relativity Media has signed on to co-finance and be domestic distributor for Brick Mansions, the Americanized remake of the Paris-set Banlieue 13. The film will star Paul Walker, and it will be directed by Camille Delamarre, a protege of Besson. Besson, who co-wrote the original, scripted the remake with his Taken collaborator Robert Mark Kamen. Walker will star with David Belle, who starred in the original and the sequel District 13: Ultimatum. He is also the guy credited with creating Parkour, a sport that involves agility and leaping and climbing around obstacles. There will be plenty of that in these films.

The film will be set in America. Walker will play an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers. Besson’s Europa Corp is producing along with Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and the Relativity team. While a number of Hollywood actors wanted the Lino role, Besson would not make the movie unless Belle was in it.

Walker now finds himself positioned to be a centerpiece in three action film franchises with the Relativity Media deal. He continues to play Brian O’Conner in Fast & Furious 6, and he recently signed on to play the title role in Hitman, a rebooted adaptation of the top selling video game.

The original Banlieue 13 was directed by Pierre Morel, who went on to direct Besson’s Taken and From Paris With Love. Besson is giving this directing job to another protégé in Delamarre, who has been editor on Besson action films including Taken 2 and Colombiana.

This makes the third EuropaCorp-generated collaboration with Relativity. Besson directed Malavita, the crime drama that stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones, about a mob family relocated to Normandy in the Witness Protection program. It’s Besson’s first time behind the camera since helming Michelle Yeoh as Burmese democracy reformist Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady. The film got its first private screening the other day. Relativity is also aboard Three Days To Kill, the action thriller that stars Kevin Costner and is currently in production.

Walker is repped by UTA and Luber Rocklin.




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