This is actually a few days old but I haven’t seen it reported on any English film site yet. EuropaCorp has released the first bunch of official stills from the District B13 (original title B13: Banlieue 13) sequel, as well as a rather uninteresting on-set pic and the quite apocalyptic poster. Also, the French actioner, which was announced as Banlieue 14 (District B14) is now titled B13 – U: Banlieue 13 – Ultimatum (District B13 – Ultimatum), which is quite logical I guess since judging from one of the stills the film continues to take place in District B13.
I thought the first film was all kinds of stupid storywise and basically played like a beat ’em all video game literally brought to screen, but it did boast some cool action (actually that was all the film had) and is probably responsible for all the Parkour we’ve seen in action movies recently. The sequel promises even more of the same, with Parkour stunts aplenty as can be seen in the production video diaries viewable on the official site. Read the official plot synopsis (translated by me) and view the rest of the pics after the jump.
District B13, two years later. The government has changed, but nothing else… The isolation wall – higher, bigger, farther – has stretched around the ghetto suburbs and the gangs have become even more powerful. Trafficking is now divided between five ethnic neighborhoods, each headed by a ruthless gang leader. Determined to “solve the problem” now more than ever, the secret service deliberately adds fuel to the fire. Martial arts expert cop Damien (Cyril Raffaelli) and Leïto (David Belle), capable of snaking his way in and out of the suburbs as he pleases, once again team up to save the suburbs from chaos through hardcore fights and chase scenes that defy the laws of gravity.
Parkour creator David Belle (also seen in Femme Fatale and Babylon A.D.) and stuntman Cyril Raffaelli (also seen in Live Free Or Die Hard and Kiss Of The Dragon) return in the leads whereas MC Jean Gab’1, who played Nico in the first film, plays an apparently different role in this one, that od Molko. Also included in the cast are Moussa Maaskri (Dark Portals: The Chronicles Of Vidocq), Pierre-Marie Mosconi (Rules Of Silence) and Alaa Oumouzoune (Traitor) among others. Lancôme spokesmodel Camille De Pazis (The Singer) provides the obligatory love interest/eye candy.
Due to his being busy with From Paris With Love, another EuropaCorp production, District B13 helmer Pierre Morel (also director of the supercool Taken) does not return, handing over directing duties to Patrick Alessandrin (August 15th), making this his first action film. The film was penned by producer Luc Besson, who co-wrote the original with Bibi Naceri (The Code). Filming took place in Serbia and Paris, France. B13 – U: Banlieue 13 – Ultimatum will premiere in France on February 18th, 2009.