Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Parkour seems to be the new hot buzz word in Hollywood. It’s kinda like how all the story pitches last year tried to compare themselves to Children of Men (“It’s Die Hard meets Children of Men”).
Founded in France, the fast paced movement became the main focal point of the Luc Besson-produced 2004 action film District B13. English-speaking audiences will probably better recognize the technique from the opening chase sequence in Casino Royale. The movement has since found its way into other Hollywood films like Live Free or Die Hard and The Incredible Hulk and the video game Mirrors Edge. Parkour is key to the action sequences in Disney’s upcoming video game to film adaptation of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
And now hack directors are starting to adopt the buzz word. Van Hellsing director Stephen Sommers claims that his upcoming big screen re-imagining of Tarzan will incorporate the technique. According to Entertainment Weekly, the new Tarzan will be more like Pirates of the Caribbean, “with buffed-and-tanned actors flying through the jungle and sprinting up trees, parkour-style.” Wow, yeah, I have no faith in Sommers.
If you want to see a cool Parkour sequence, watch David Belle’s chase scene from District B13 after the jump.