Yes, you read that headline correctly. The most recent director for Kane & Lynch, Patrick Alessandrin (District 13: Ultimatum) has walked.
This is only the latest directorial change for the video game adaptation that is to star Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx. Previous possible directors included Wayne Kramer and F. Gary Gray, and those men are both being sought as possible replacements for Alessandrin, along with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »
According to the latest twitter actions of Production Weekly, it’s been all change both behind and in front of the camera with action drama Protection. Luckily for us, they’re both changes for the better with original director Simon West out in favour of B:13 Ultimatum‘s Patrick Alessandrin and Paul Walker traded in for Clive Owen (the old line-up’s details were published by Screen Daily around the time of Cannes last year).
The new team are still working from Brandon Noonan‘s script, about which I know very little. Screen say that the lead character is “a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on Mexican gangs in an attempt to rescue a judge’s daughter.”
It’s just the talent that makes this interesting for me so far. Will Alessandrin follow in the sure footsteps of his B:13 predecessor Pierre Morel? And how will Clive Owen do as an action man in something presumably less cartoony than Shoot ‘Em Up? Expect to see this marketed as a kind of Taken Too.
A sequel to the 2004 French parkour action film District B13 is set to begin production in July. Written by Luc Besson, and directed by Patrick Alessandrin (Mean Spirit, August 15th), the sequel will be titled Banlieue 14 (or District B14 in the states). No plot details have been released, we only know that an open casting call for parkour practitioners has been put out on the official blog. The first film is best known for it’s intense parkour chase sequences.
For those that might not know what parkour is, wikipedia defines it as “an activity with the aim of moving from one point to another as efficiently and quickly as possible, using principally the abilities of the human body. It is meant to help one overcome obstacles, which can be anything in the surrounding environment—from branches and rocks to rails and concrete walls—and can be practiced in both rural and urban areas.” The most mainstream use of parkour in film is probably the opening chase sequence from Casino Royale. You can watch a chase sequence from the first film below.