Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham Join 13 Tzameti Remake
by Alex Billington
October 21, 2008
Actors Mickey Rourke and Jason Statham have joined alongside of 50 Cent and Sam Riley in Géla Babluani's action thriller 13. The film is an English-language (read "Hollywood") remake of Babluani's own film 13 Tzameti which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2006. Géla Babluani himself is writing and directing the remake for Paramount Vantage. Production begins on November 17th in and around New York City. The story follows a man who steals a mysterious package that promises to pay out a fortune. The original film received numerous awards but only played to a total of $121K at the box office in 2006.
Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his destination, Sebastian falls into a degenerate, clandestine world of mental chaos behind closed doors in which men gamble on the lives of others men. Described as "simple and easy to follow" with "tension throughout" and "atmosphere remaining taut right to the end." Sounds like it could be great as a remake, especially with Babluani writing and directing all over again.
I'm excited to already see Mickey Rourke picking up additional roles, as he'll be making one hell of a comeback later this year with The Wrestler. And there's obviously no going wrong with Statham and Riley, but 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson?! Not only is he a terrible actor, but he's guaranteed box office poison! Everything about this remake sounds great except for him and I'm honestly worried that this is going to get buried because of him. Has anyone seen the original film?