Paul Walker is may jump into the lead role of an American remake of Luc Besson's Disctrict B13. Deadline reports that Walker is in talks to star in Brick Mansions, which will be scripted by Besson (who co-wrote the original) and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken). Parkour creator, David Belle, who starred in the first film and it's sequel District 13: Ultimatum is slated to star opposite Walker. Besson refused to make the film without Belle in the role.
Mansions will likely take place in Chicago, and will have Walker as "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." The film will be produced by Besson’s Europa Corp.
Pierre Morel directed the first film and also helmed Taken and From Paris With Love. This film will not be directed by Morel, instead Besson has an unnamed protege lined up. We will keep you posted on who is announced. I know many people don't like Walker, but as a huge fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, I am excited to see him take on other roles. I enjoyed the first film, but could not finish the sequel. I normally think that American remakes are not a good idea, but this is one film that could actually benefit from one. Check out the trailer for the Ultimatum below in case you have not seen it.
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