I've never heard of any of the people, companies or films mentioned in that piece!
Apparently, director Josť Padilha is Brazilian and has only made Brazilian films so far. Most of them documentaries, actually. According to his IMDb profile he has also won a shipload of Latin American film awards.
Interesting choice to say the least. We don't really know what will come out of it, but it will most likely be better than a remake directed by Paul W. S. Anderson or Kurt Wimmer.