EXCLUSIVE: The French action star, who co-leads Relativity Media’s upcoming Brick Mansions with the late Paul Walker, has signed with Paradigm. David Belle is well known on the European action scene for founding the movement discipline known as parkour, which he showcased by leaping up, over and through all manner of Parisian urban landscape in 2004′s Luc Besson-produced actioner District B13 and its 2009 sequel. This month Belle makes his U.S. leading debut in English-language District B13 remake Brick Mansions, playing a version of his streetwise character from the original film opposite Walker as the undercover cop he partners with and RZA as the crime lord in their sights. The Normandy-raised actor and stunt choreographer, who owns the parkour brand, has also contributed parkour and fight choreography to studio films like Babylon A.D., Prince of Persia, and Colombiana but is now looking to strike out as an action star and actor stateside and in China, where he’s also got a strong following. Belle is managed by Beijing/LA/Paris-based ECI Global Entertainment, which is also developing international co-productions for Belle to star in to tap into his multi-region fanbase.
Check out Belle showcasing his moves in a memorable chase sequence from the original District B13 and the trailer for Brick Mansions: Read More »
Here’s a new trailer for Relativity’s April actioner Brick Mansions, the parkour-centric remake of French pic District B13 which stars the late Paul Walker alongside freerunning expert David Belle and RZA. In this version the setting’s been updated to dystopian Detroit, where undercover cop Brian O’Conner – er, Damien Collier – joins forces with an ex-con to save the city and get justice for the ones they love. Brick Mansions opens wide April 25:
Here’s the first full trailer for Brick Mansions, one of the final films completed by Paul Walker before he was killed in a car crash in November. Walker stars in the American-ized remake of the Paris-set District 13 (Banlieue 13) as an undercover cop trying to take down a crime lord in a dystopian Detroit. The actor was in most of the scenes and had finished looping the pic only three days before his death. Camille Delamarre directs from a script by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceria. RZA and Robert Maillet also star. Relativity releases the pic on April 25.
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Relativity Media said today that Brick Mansions, one of final films completed by Paul Walker before he was killed in a car crash in November, will be released in theaters on April 25. A February date had been eyed for the pic, an English-language reboot of the 2004 French movie Banlieue 13, before Walker’s death. At the time, the film’s producer EuropaCorp told Deadline it was trying to maintain the production and release schedule of Mansions, which stars Walker as an undercover cop trying to take down a crime lord in a dystopian Detroit. The actor was in most of the scenes and had finished looping the pic only three days before his death, and a test screening the following week was scrapped as co-producers Relativity and EuropaCorp scrambled to regroup. “Paul is the big movie star in our movie — it is built around him. Paul is in about 80% of the scenes,” said CEO Christophe Lambert at the time. “For sure it’s going to be one of the last big movies of his life and it’s Paul at his best.” David Belle and Rza co-star and film editor Camille Delamarre (Taken 2, Colombiana) is making his directorial debut.
Relativity’s Earth To Echo, which had been on that April 25 date, is moving to July 2.
Relativity and EuropaCorp are making a donation — including the cost of the film’s world premiere — to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide, and Walker’s manager … Read More »
Distributors and production companies with movies starring Paul Walker are scrambling to figure out how best to proceed in light of the star’s tragic death in a car crash Saturday. There are three films in the marketplace right now. While Hours, which bows in two weeks, centers on Hurricane Katrina and a father struggling against time and the elements to keep his newborn daughter alive, Universal’s Fast And Furious 7 and Relativity/EuropaCorp’s Brick Mansions both feature high-speed car chases and crashes — an unfortunate coincidence that will be tough for marketers to navigate.
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In one of the action scenes in Brick Mansions, Walker is driving at high speed and crashes through a big glass building in a van in an effort to dodge his pursuers. The trailer and other marketing materials are now being created, but it will be impossible to remove the action sequences or its star from the trailer, EuropaCorp tells me. The marketing for the movie, about an undercover cop trying to take down a crime lord, is Walker-centric. Asked how it might handle marketing, EuropaCorp, which is financing the $20 million film, said it was too early to say. “All I know is that we are doing our best to maintain the schedule as it is,” said chief marketing officer Fabrice Denizot. “What happened to Paul is … Read More »