In Gela Babluani‘s film 13 Tzameti, a young man lands in the weirdest game of Russian roulette ever held.
Babluani remade the French film for US audiences as 13, but rather than hitting theaters in regular fashion the film found a perch on a dusty shelf and sat there for quite some time. Anchor Bay is finally going to release it and a new trailer has just hit. While the movie has an eye-catching cast (Sam Riley, Ray Winstone, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård, Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham and Michael Shannon) this trailer makes it look like it could well be a massively silly action thriller. Check out the footage below. Read More »
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Briefly: Some actors can always be relied upon for brutal honesty. (Except when they can’t.) Take Mickey Rourke. One of the most entertaining interviews making the rounds today is a Vulture piece in which the actor calls out some of his recent work. (Passion Play? “Terrible. Another terrible movie.” How about 13, with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson? “It’s so bad it can’t get out.”) He also seems to call into question the unvarnished truth of his previous comments when he called Megan Fox “the most talented actress I’ve worked with.”
But that’s just the fun stuff. Buried in there is also his statement that his biopic of famed rugby player Gareth Thomas will shoot this coming February. We’ve heard about this project a couple times over the past six months, and it still seems like something that is destined never to happen. The actor is 22 years older than his subject, after all. That distance can be minimized in some contexts, but not as easily when he’s got to be convincing on the very demanding rugby pitch. (He may just be playing a character heavily inspired by Gareth Thomas, however.) Mr. Rourke has said that he’ll learn the player’s native Welsh for the role, and it sounds like a project to watch. Hopefully eighteen months from now he won’t be casually dismissing it in an offhand interview.
A few months back, we posted a Russian movie trailer for 13, the American remake of the cult French film 13 Tzameti, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent and Ray Winstone, both written and directed by Géla Babluani. It’s about a young man (Sam Riley) who mistakenly ends up at a high stakes, life or death Russian roulette game. So if you watched that original trailer and liked the visuals but had no idea what was going on, an English language version has come online along with a poster. And if you never imagined you’d be bored by a simple movie trailer, prove yourself wrong after the break. Read More »
A Russian movie trailer has been released online for 13, the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti. The film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and “finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence,” and a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything. Writer/director Géla Babluani has returned to helm the remake, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The film and media portion of South by Southwest (SXSW) kicks off in Austin next week, and two films have just been added to the lineup. Austin’s own Robert Rodriguez will screen footage from Predators, and Gela Babluani‘s 13, a remake of his own 13 Tzameti, will screen as part of the festival’s SX Fantastic midnight program. Read More »
The first photo of Mickey Rourke in 13, the American remake of the award-winning French crime thriller 13 Tzameti. The film follows a naive young man who assumes a dead man’s identity and “finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence,” and a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything.
Writer/director Géla Babluani has returned to helm the remake, which began shooting last month in New York City. Jason Statham, 50 Cent, Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta also star. Thanks to /Film reader Christopher M for the tip. The film is currently scheduled for a 2010 release.
Posted on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by David Chen
A few weeks ago, we reported that Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and 50 Cent would be starring in the American remake of Gela Babluani’s film 13 Tzameti, entitled simply 13. The film centers around a Russian-roulette-style competition where the losers truly lose everything. Last night, Variety reported that Ray Winstone and Ray Liotta have signed on to the new film as well. Winstone will play a mental patient who has gotten himself involved in the competition while Liotta will play the cop trying to track them down. The Variety article also contains a lot of other details, such as what character exactly 50 Cent will be playing (the role seems mercifully small), as well as who will play the young lead (Sam Riley).
We argued about whether the remake was a good idea, but I’m more interested in the choices that the director will make and what he might change from his original film (In a Funny Games-style move, Babluani will be directing the remake). It’s universally agreed that the first 30-40 minutes of the original were crushingly boring, but whether this added to the film or detracted from it is an issue of contention. Will the director try to maintain a similar pacing for the new film? And will the scenes from the competition retain their brutal intensity when the characters speak English, and you can recognize the actors playing them? Whatever the case may be, I think we can certainly agree that 13 will have one of the most badass casts for a crime film in recent memory.
Discuss: Are you excited for this remake?
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13 will begin shooting on November 17th in and around New York City. You can read the plot synopsis for the original Gela Babluani film below:
Twenty-two-year-old Sebastien (Georges Babluani) leads an impoverished life with his immigrant family constantly struggling to support them. While repairing the roof of a neighbor’s house, he overhears a conversation about an expected package that promises to make the household rich. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Sebastien intercepts the package containing a series of specific instructions. Following the clues, he assumes a false identity and manages to slip through the grasp of the enclosing police as he ventures deeper and deeper into the countryside. The closer he gets to his destination and the more people he meets along the way, the less he understands about what he is looking for. Ultimately, he comes face to face with a ring of clandestine gamblers placing bets on the outcome of a multi-player, high stakes tournament of Russian roulette. Gela Babluani’s directorial debut is a winner-take-all thriller, where an unfortunate young man is transformed into the thirteenth contestant in an incredibly inhuman game. 13 TZAMETI won the 2005 Venice Festival’s Best First Feature Film prize and the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2006 Sundance Festival.