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Title: Brick Mansions
Post by: NorthernLights on Wed, May 01, 2013, 01:12 PM
Taking a beating! Paul Walker reveals a  bloodied face as he and the cast of Brick Mansions begin filming

Paul Walker was happy to take a beating on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old actor began shooting the film Brick Mansions in Montreal, Quebec, a remake of Luc Besson's acclaimed action flick District B13.

Walker returned from set with fake blood streaming down one cheek beneath his eye and a dazed look on his face.


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However, judging by the actions of The Fast and the Furious franchise star, as well as his fellow cast members David Belle and Gouchy Boy, everyone was excited to start shooting.

Belle, the inventor of the worldwide phenomenon Parkour and who had turned 40-years-old the day before the first day of production, returned from set looking much more banged up than Walker, but gave photographers most of a thumbs up, even with one eye swollen closed and gushing fake blood.

The French athlete-turned-action star plays virtually the same role he played in the original film.



Gouchy Boy, a Nigerian Canadian actor who lives in Montreal, embraced Walker when he saw him outside one of the make-up trailers.

The man mountain character actor was later seen wearing a Hawaiian shirt, army pants and a bulletproof vest.

He gleefully flashed a wide smile and peace sign to photographers as he returned from set, unable to mask his excitement.


Like the original District B13, Brick Mansions is about an undercover cop, played by Walker, who is on the search for a weapon of mass destruction hidden in a dangerous ghetto known as Brick Mansions.

While the Varsity Blues star has been a leading man for well over a decade, he has worked in the shadows of bigger name actors that have been cast opposite him.

However, this year could change that trend.

While he'll reprise his leading man role in the upcoming Fast and the Furious 6 franchise - which will most likely lead the box office for a few weeks this summer - Walker will also be starring in the upcoming comedy Pawn Shop Chronicles opposite Elijah Wood and the independent drama Hours, where he plays a man struggling to keep his infant daughter alive in a hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

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Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Bitten on Thu, May 02, 2013, 04:10 AM
Yay for David and Paul! I'm optimistic about this one. David Belle deserves so much more credit/attention than he receives, imo.
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Fri, May 03, 2013, 09:54 AM
Check out Paul Walker filming ‘Brick Mansions’ in Montreal today
by Christine on May 2, 2013 · 1 comment

in Daily Film Locations, News

This week Paul Walker began filming Brick Mansions, the American remake of the Paris-set Banlieue 13, on location in Montreal.

Walker stars in the movie, along with David Belle who starred in the original, which is being directed by Camille Delamarre. Walker plays an undercover detective “chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.”

Yesterday, one of our Twitter followers, @misterjchan, met Walker, along with his co-tar Gouchy Boy at St Laurent and Sherbrooke in Montreal, where they are filming again today from 7 am-7 pm.

If you spot Brick Mansions filming in Montreal, let us know about it at!

Thanks to @Meelyssaa for the additional info, too!

Title: Re: Brick Mansions - Catalina Denis is Female Lead
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Wed, May 15, 2013, 12:10 PM,0,3453533.story

Colombian model Catalina Denis lands female lead in Paul Walker movie 'Brick Mansions'

Jeff Sneider Reuters

7:44 p.m. CDT, May 14, 2013

LOS ANGELES ( - Colombian model-turned-actress Catalina Denis will play the female lead in "Brick Mansions," which is EuropaCorp and Relativity Media's English-language remake of the French action movie "District B13."

Paul Walker and David Belle of the original "District B13" star in the remake, which is being directed by Camille Delamarre.

Walker plays an undercover cop who must enter a tenement known as Brick Mansions to disarm a bomb in possession of a drug warlord, who will be played by the RZA.

Denis will play Belle's love interest.

Luc Besson is producing "Brick Mansions" with Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley, as well as Christophe Lambert. Production is currently under way in Montreal.

Denis previously starred in the hit French thriller "Sleepless Night" as well as the successful French comedy "Le Mac." She's represented by Thruline Entertainment and Paris-based ACT 1.

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Thu, May 16, 2013, 01:35 PM

RZA Will Hide A Bomb From Paul Walker In District B13 Remake Brick Mansions

Author: Nick Venable   | published: 2013-05-14 23:33:13

So the Parkour elephant in the room is that remaking Luc Besson’s cool French action flick District B13 does not need to be done. But since it’s happening in the form of director Camille Delamarre’s Brick Mansions, all we can hope for is some flashy balls-out action. And stars Paul Walker and David Belle will need to protect their necks from a newly cast co-star.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Wu Tang Clan member RZA will be wearing his acting hat for the EuropaCorp and Relativity Media-produced film. Last year he released his directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, which he also wrote, starred in and wrote the music for with Howard Drossin. He also got quite a few laughs for his cameo as Blind Master in G.I. Joe: Retaliation earlier this year. Next up, he’ll be co-starring in Fox’s action drama series Gang Related with Ramon Rodriguez and Terry O’Quinn, which was recently picked up to air at some point later in the year.

In Brick Mansions, RZA will play the powerful drug warlord who is in possession of a neutron bomb inside a dangerous area known as the Brick Mansions (not a coincidence). The bomb is ticking down, and the story is destined to end in certain doom, right? Not if Walker, as an undercover cop, and Belle, as his super-athletic partner, have anything to say about it. Besson adapted his own original screenplay with the help of Robert Mark Kamen and Bibi Naceri. While I doubt they’ll let RZA win, we can dream.

Brick Mansions is currently shooting in Montreal.

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: NorthernLights on Fri, Jun 14, 2013, 02:17 PM

Fresh from our mailbox, here is the first visual BRICK MANSIONS, accompanied by a statement which reads in part: "Following the success phenomenon FAST AND FURIOUS 6 in France and around the world, Paul Walker chained with BRICK MANSIONS filming his new action film, produced by Luc Besson and EuropaCorp. Started in May in Montreal, filming continues for 12 weeks in Canada. " BRICK MANSIONS, announced since October 2011 , is directed by Camille Delamarre (editor CARRIER 3 of COLOMBIANA or TAKEN 2), this is the first feature film. Paul Walker will star opposite RZA and David Belle, which is already present in the original film, retains its role. But what the original film, we ask? B13, by Jove. BRICK MANSIONS being the remake. It will be released in spring 2014 but no specific date has been given.
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: NorthernLights on Sun, Jul 21, 2013, 08:22 PM





Le fondateur du parkour, David Belle, est à Montréal pour le tournage du thriller Brick Mansions, dans lequel il joue aux côtés de Paul Walker et du rappeur RZA. Le Journal l’a rencontré sur le plateau de tournage du film.

L’acteur et sportif David Belle a été révélé au grand écran en 2004 par le film d’action français Banlieue 13, dans lequel il en mettait plein la vue en intégrant le parkour (un art acrobatique qui consiste à utiliser son corps et son environnement pour se déplacer) aux scènes de cascades et de poursuites.

Près de 10 ans plus tard, c’est justement un remake anglophone de Banlieue 13 – intitulé Brick Mansions – qui l’amène à Montréal. Le Français de 40 ans y reprend le même rôle que dans Banlieue 13, soit celui d’un adepte du parkour qui aide un policier (Paul Walker) à infiltrer un ghetto.

«Son arme à lui, c’est le parkour, explique David Belle à propos de son personnage.

«Alors que les autres personnages ont des voitures et des flingues, lui se défend et se déplace avec le parkour.

«À la base, le parkour n’a pas été pensé pour le cinéma. On voulait simplement créer un nouveau mode d’expression corporelle où on se sentirait libre et on n’aurait besoin d’aucun matériel. Mais j’ai eu la chance que cela m’ouvre les portes du cinéma.»

Produit par EuropaCorp (la compagnie du cinéaste français Luc Besson) et coproduit par Claude Léger et Jonathan Vanger, de la boîte montréalaise Transfilm International (Upside Down), Brick Mansions est en tournage à Montréal depuis la fin avril et jusqu’à la fin juillet.

«C’est un tournage complexe dans la mesure où tout est en extérieur et qu’il y a énormément de scènes d’action et de cascades, indique le producteur Jonathan Vanger.

Une cascade spectaculaire

Le jour de notre visite sur le plateau de tournage, le réalisateur Camille Delamarre s’affairait à tourner une scène d’accident de voiture sur le site d’une usine désaffectée près du canal Lachine.

Trois caméras ont capté la scène, dont une installée sur un petit hélicoptère téléguidé. Une ambulance avait également été dépêchée sur le plateau, au cas où la périlleuse cascade aurait mal tourné.

«C’est filmé à l’américaine, signale Camille Delamarre, qui a travaillé comme monteur sur les films Taken et Le Transporteur. On utilise des objectifs qui donnent une image très graphique.»

David Belle abonde dans le même sens: «Oui, c’est un remake de Banlieue 13, mais c’est quand même différent, dit-il.

«La trame est la même, mais plusieurs choses ont été changées ou améliorées. Il y a plus de moyens, plus d’acteurs, plus de travail dans les décors et la lumière, et cela nous donne une image plus proche de celle des films d’action américains.»

√ Brick Mansions est en tournage à Montréal jusqu’à la fin juillet. La sortie en salles est prévue pour 2014.

√ Le parkour a été créé par David Belle dans les années 1990 dans sa banlieue de Paris. Aujourd’hui, le parkour est pratiqué partout dans le monde et on le retrouve autant dans les chorégraphies des spectacles de Madonna que dans un film.

The founder of parkour, David Belle, is in Montreal filming the thriller Brick Mansions, in which he starred alongside Paul Walker and rapper RZA. The Journal has met on the set of the film.

The actor and athlete David Belle was revealed to the big screen in 2004 by the French action movie District 13, in which he put an eyeful incorporating parkour (an acrobatic art of using his body and environment to move) the stunt scenes and chases.

Nearly 10 years later, it is just an English remake of Banlieue 13 - titled Brick Mansions - which led him to Montreal. The French 40 years it takes the same role as in District 13, that of a follower of parkour that helps a police officer (Paul Walker) to infiltrate a ghetto.

"His weapon it is parkour, David Belle says about his character.

"While other characters have cars and guns, he defends and moves with parkour.

"Basically, the parkour was not designed for the cinema. We simply wanted to create a new mode of personal expression where we feel free and we would not need any equipment. But I was lucky that it opens the doors of the cinema. "

Produced by EuropaCorp (the company of French filmmaker Luc Besson) and coproduced by Claude Léger and Jonathan Vanger, the Transfilm International (Upside Down) Montreal box, Brick Mansions is filming in Montreal since the end of April until the end of July .

"This is a complex shooting since everything is outside and there is a lot of action scenes and stunts, says producer Jonathan Vanger.

A spectacular waterfall

The day of our visit to the set, the director Camille Delamarre was busy turning a car accident scene on the site of an abandoned factory near the Lachine Canal.

Three cameras captured the scene, which installed on a small unmanned helicopter. An ambulance was also dispatched on the board in case the dangerous stunt gone wrong.

"It was filmed in the U.S., says Camille Delamarre, who worked as an editor on films Taken and Transporter. Objectives that give a very graphic image is used. "

David Belle feels the same way: "Yes, it is a remake of District 13, but it is still different, he said.

"The frame is the same, but many things have been changed or improved. There are more resources, more players, more work on the sets and light, and it gives us a closer to American action movies picture. "

√ Brick Mansions is filming in Montreal until the end of July. The theatrical release is planned for 2014.

√ Parkour was created by David Belle in the 1990s in the suburbs of Paris. Today, parkour is practiced around the world and is found both in the choreography shows Madonna in a movie.
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: NorthernLights on Wed, Dec 04, 2013, 09:55 AM
Additional Brick Mansions coverage is located here (
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Fri, Mar 21, 2014, 01:01 AM
New trailer for Brick Mansions online:

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Sat, Mar 29, 2014, 12:09 PM,manual

Why You Should Be Pumped For Brick Mansions
By Ryan Adam Fuzesseryon March 28th, 2014 at 8:31am

Im excited for this which is rare since its a 'remake' of sorts or at least a Americanized version of the kick ass French original District B13 with David Belle that was shot by Luc Besson.

The story is pretty straight forward; in the criminal underworld of Detroit, the streets are overrun with the typical violence and drugs, leaving the hand of corruption reaching into the lives of everyone except that of Lino (David Belle) who's everyday is a fight to live an honest life but when a crime lord (RZA) kidnaps his girlfriend, he is forced to team up with Damien Collier (Paul Walker), an undercover cop who's been tracking this kingpins involvement in something even more sinister -- possession of a bomb that can devastate the whole city and together they uncover a trail of corruption that leads all the way to the top.

Now the action...the reason i loved the original cult classic is because its flawless use of mixed martial arts and parkour. Theres no wire work here and what you see is what you get. The same is going for Brick Mansions for the most part im thankful to say, its stayed true to its predecessor from the looks of it so far. Theres jumping out windows, jumping off roof tops, running up against walls, fist fights, weapon fights, girl fights, backflips, front flips, car chases, knee drops, explosions, guns and nothing but action going on in here so whats not to like!? Will it be fun at least? I think so.

With David Belle returning and Luc Besson as a producer, I'm feeling pretty at ease that this was actually cared for to a degree. This is Paul's last fully completed role in a film to be released and I'm glad its looking like a good one to go out on and something he enjoyed doing. Do yourself a favor and watch District B13 and if you like it at all on any level than hopefully you'll go support this as well on April 25th, Ill see you there.

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: NorthernLights on Mon, Apr 14, 2014, 07:04 AM
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 09:21 AM
Now that the movie hit the theaters, the first reviews are pouring in:

Review: Walker’s last film features parkour stunts
by Emily Wintringham
April 24, 2014 |

Crime and fear fester inside a development in Detroit known as “Brick Mansions.”
Unable to control the violence, police isolate this once-flourishing community by installing a wall and heavy security around it. Damien Collier (the late Paul Walker) has one true ambition: to avenge his father’s death by the hands of druglord and tyrant Termaine (RZA). Joined by ex-convict Lino (David Belle), he takes on an extraordinary mission to save the city from desolation. To do so, he and Lino must work to overcome their differences and learn to synchronize.

I have to say, for a movie that encompasses mostly action scenes, the plot sufficed.
Each character strongly features his expertise. Paul Walker is the champion of physical combat, and David Belle, co-founder of parkour, is the maestro of said discipline.

Belle made his practice legendary in his native France, in the films “District B13,” and its sequel, “District 13.”
Besides the somewhat conventional storyline, there are those few moments of bad-assery that had my mouth agape. Of course, like any action movie, viewers must learn to overlook the lunacy and illogical tricks that Damien and Lino are able to pull off. With this movie, you have to come in with a predisposed mindset: Once the “that’s impossible” viewpoint is abandoned, doubt should be replaced with high expectations.
One thing I appreciate about the character development in “Mansions” was that with a few exceptions, everyone held true to his disposition. On top of that, it was a relief to encounter a villain with a dual side: homely and inhibited. Tremaine is shot chopping peppers in multiple scenes, giving him an eerie yet vulnerable aura.

I have mixed feelings about the filming technique, however. With the camera seeming to shoot at interesting angles, everything looks raw. Director Camille Delamarre did a decent job of displaying tension and energy by keeping things moving quickly. I think I would have liked to see the parkour stunts in a more real-time effect, however. All of the parkour sequences looked choppy. To me, it looked like the camera man was hopping around with Damien and Lino. The choppiness, however, could be determined as authentic action. Though it makes the eyes strain a little bit, it helps to create a robust experience.

As far as plot goes, let’s just say they got the story about right, along with its customary twists, turns and surprises. With the film running just under an hour and a half, it miraculously jam-packs everything one would expect from an action movie: high-speed car chases, hand-to-hand combat, gun fights, and of course, its thematic parkour stunts.

There has been a lot of hype about the parkour aspect of this film. From an action movie with such expectations, I suspected an even more flimsy plot and an overflow of parkour. There were breathtaking stunts, but they seemed condensed into a few sporadic scenes. However, what was done was spectacular.

I shed a tear when the film honored Paul Walker’s life at the end (the “Fast and Furious” franchise star died in a vehicle accident in November). “Brick Mansions” was his last completed movie. According to his Brazilian jiu-jitsu insttructor, Franjinha, the actor was looking to showcase his martial arts experience. He was constantly taking himself to new heights, and he did so by training in the art of parkour.
This movie was not a disappointment. It is one of the few lower-budget films worth viewing.
“Brick Mansions” opens in theaters everywhere today.

You can read more reviews here:

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Wilde on Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 03:58 PM
must see movie of 2014 <3
Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Wed, Apr 30, 2014, 09:27 AM

Brick ​Mansions Is A Bad Copy Of A Great Action Flick

by Rob Bricken

As Paul Walker's final finished film before his untimely death last year in a car crash, it would be nice to say that Brick Mansions is a fitting epitaph to his film career. It would be nice, but it wouldn't be true.

As a remake of the Luc Besson-written and -produced 2004 action flick District B13 — which introduced the world to the astoundingly agile parkour founder David Belle — Brick Mansions is as ploddingly clumsy as basically every other human seems when compared to Belle.

The problem is not that the movie's plot makes no sense, because it copies the original movie's ridiculous story pretty much verbatim, with Paul Walker standing as for the undercover cop, Wu-Tang Clan's RZA as the drug-dealing kingpin, Detroit as Paris, and Belle as essentially the same drug-destroying slum vigilante he played originally. The problem is that Brick Mansions inexplicably slows down to focus on that story instead of filling the screen with relentless action and Belle's superhuman stunts.

The plot is absurd, even for the Escape from New York let's-wall-off-the-slums genre, as Walker is sent into the "Brick Mansions" ghetto with Belle's drug-destroying vigilante to defuse an experimental neutron bomb which was "lost" in a scheme so convolutedly stupid that it boggles the mind. Additionally, Raekwon's gangster killed Paul Walker's cop dad and stole Belle's ex-girlfriend in retaliation for Belle destroying 20 kilos of his heroin, so they have that to deal with, too.

Again, that's more or less the same story of the original movie, but where the original movie let Belle literally run wild, distracting everyone from the silliness of the plot, Brick Mansions instead brings the story to the forefront, or focuses on the characters, who it turns out are not that compelling when they're not leaping off rooftops or beating the hell out of each other. In fact, other than an excellent opening sequence where Belle gets to show off his immense skills as he runs from Raekwon's goons, the rest of Brick Mansions' action sequences are depressingly mundane.

To be fair, Walker, while in excellent shape, doesn't come close to the athleticism of his co-star, so other than a few select stunts, Walker's action scenes are mostly limited to punching, shooting, and, most unfortunately, a few crash-filled car chases. But Belle made District B13 a cult action-hit, and he's the reason why the movie was successful enough to warrant this American remake. It's also why he's playing the same role. Paul Walker is obviously the star here, but metaphorically hamstringing Belle isn't doing anyone any favors, particularly the audience.

And thus Brick Mansions ends up being an inferior remake of a really great action film. My advice: Go watch District B13, and hope Fast and the Furious 7 gives Paul Walker a better epitaph.

Title: Re: Brick Mansions - Blu-ray out on Sept 9th
Post by: Montgomery Burns 13 on Wed, Jul 16, 2014, 11:12 AM

Brick Mansions Blu-ray
Posted July 14, 2014 06:42 PM by Webmaster
20th Century FoxTwentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release on Blu-ray Camille Delamarre's action drama Brick Mansions (2014), starring the late Paul Walker, Robert Maillet, RZA, David Belle, and Carlo Rota. The release will be available for purchase on September 9th.

Based on a script by Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional, The Big Blue) and Bibi Naceri (District B13). In a dystopian Detroit, abandoned brick mansions left from better times now house only the most dangerous criminals. Unable to control the crime, the police constructed a colossal containment wall around this area to protect the rest of the city. For undercover cop Damien Collier (Paul Walker) every day is a battle against corruption. For Lino (David Belle), every day is a fight to live an honest life. Their paths never should have crossed, but when drug kingpin, Tremaine (RZA) kidnaps Lino's girlfriend, Damien reluctantly accepts the help of the fearless ex-convict, and together they must stop a sinister plot to devastate the entire city. With stylized action featuring thrilling Parkour stunts (David Belle is the co-founder of this physical training discipline). Brick Mansions puts an entertaining twist on the action genre.

Note: Brick Mansions is an English-language remake of director Pierre Morel's District B13, which is available on Blu-ray courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. You can see our listing and review of this release here (

Special Features:

    Theatrical Version and Unrated Cut of the Film
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    On Set Action with Paul Walker
    Becoming Tremaine
    Brick By Brick

Title: Re: Brick Mansions
Post by: Wifey on Sat, May 09, 2015, 04:11 PM
Just watched this on The Movie Network and didn't know it was a remake until I researched it. I'm a big fan of the the original movies and was glad to see David reprise his role. I think the movie did really well and I've seen a few negative comment about it being not as good as the original and that the dubbing for the David was bad.