With their second pick up unveiled from Cannes, Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, acquired director Patrick Alessandrin's "District 13 Ultimatum," from writer/producer Luc Besson. The film is the sequel to 2004's action film, "D-13," also written and produced by Besson and released via Magnet. The film stars David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli as Leito and Damien from the first film.
Yesterday, Magnet announced it had picked up John Woo's "Red Cliff."
Magnet's SVP Tom Quinn and head of business affairs Chris Matson negotiated the deal for "Ultimatum" with Pascal Degove of Europacorp. Magnet is planning a fall 2009 release.
The film picks up where "D-13" left off with the death of a powerful gand lord leaving a power vacuum in the chaotic and crime ravaged District 13. As five rival gangs compete to seize power, Damien (Raffaelli) and Leito (Belle) attempt to restore order before the Paris secret police takes drastic measures and wipes the district off the map.
"It just doesn't get any better than this for action fans," commented Quinn in a statement. "Stars David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli continue to astonish in this adrenaline-packed sequel. We're thrilled to be distributing this one-of-a-kind franchise from Luc Besson and Europacorp."