Paul Walker in Talks for BRICK MANSIONS, the American Remake of Luc Besson’s BANLIEUE 13

     October 26, 2011

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Paul Walker is taking a break from the high-octane world of The Fast and the Furious to join the equally adrenaline-pumping heights of Parkour. Walker is currently in talks to star in Brick Mansions, the American revision of Banlieue 13 (District B13) with a script by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Taken). Besson co-wrote the original Paris-set film starring Parkour-creator David Belle (District 13: Ultimatum), who will reprise his original role in the remake.

Brick Mansions will be set in an American city, with Walker slotted to play an undercover detective tracking down a drug dealer who has stolen a weapon of mass destruction. The chase leads into the ghetto known as Brick Mansions, where he enlists help from Lino (Belle), who knows the streets better than anyone and isn’t afraid of the drug dealers. Hit the jump for more on Brick Mansions.

Deadline also reports that although the role of Lino in Brick Mansions was highly coveted, Besson would not make the film unless Belle was involved. The original French film was directed by Pierre Morel (From Paris With Love) who also directed Besson’s Taken. Though the directing job for Brick Mansions is confirmed to be another protégé of Besson’s, no name has yet been revealed.

Besson’s next work, The Lady can be seen in theaters on December 2nd in the US. The film, starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis chronicles the life of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi (Yeoh) and her husband, writer Michael Aris (Thewlis). The film, drawing from the real life, decade-long incarceration of the Burmese reformer, is expected to be a major awards contender.

For those of you who are new to Parkour or the Besson films which employs them, check out this clip here to see what they’re all about:

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