The late Paul Walker and rapper RZA will star in the completed production of Brick Mansions, which is scheduled for a US release sometime this month. However, what many did not expect from RZA was an unceremonious announcement of a sequel to the movie Man with the Iron Fists in which, one may recall, was released in 2012 to not so favorable critical reviews. The announcement for the sequel came in the midst of an interview session with reporters who were asking RZA about the association that he had with Walker for the movie Brick Mansions.
Brick Mansions is a remake of a 2004 French thriller movie called District B13. Brick Mansions is written by Luc Besson. District B13 received a lot of critical acclaim for its action packed scenes featuring “parkour” pioneer David Belle. The featured co-star in the movie was Cyril Raffaelli. In the Hollywood version (Brick Mansions), Paul Walker essays the role played by Rafaelli and Belle continues to play the role of Leito (Lino) along with RZA.
Brick Mansions is a typical Paul Walker movie where he plays an undercover police officer assigned with a mission to infiltrate a gang with access to a neutron bomb, a weapon of mass destruction, in a ghetto called Brick Mansions. Along with Lino, who knows the ghetto like no other, Walker goes ahead to pursue his mission. Brick Mansions is one of last movies Paul Walker acted in before he passed away in a gruesome car crash on November 30, 2013. EuropaCorp the presenters of the $20 million movie stated that they were completely devastated by Walker’s sudden death and are putting all efforts to deliver this to be the best movie in his honor.
RZA who co-starred with Paul Walker recalls meeting him on the sets of the film Brick Mansions, where they shared their experiences about life, success and parenthood. The Man with the Iron Fists said that he did not know Walker personally before they started filming together yet they both shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s prior work.
Even though their personal interaction was short, Walker’s influence inspired RZA to write and dedicate a song named Destiny Bend right after Paul Walker’s tragic death. On the Fox TV show Gang Related, RZA talking about Brick Mansions recalling Paul Walker as “a beautiful guy” and commented about the chance he had to meet and work with Walker, who he came to admire.
The rapper further went on to talk about his other forth coming movies, One Spoon of Chocolate and Sting of Scorpion which is a revisit to The Man with the Iron Fists Saga. One Spoon of Chocolate with a tagline One spoon of chocolate can change a whole glass of milk is a social film depicting struggle between two guys and racism.
2012’s The Man with the Iron fists was the directorial debut of RZA. It is a martial art fantasy with close resemblances to 70’s era Kung-fu classic films. The Man with the Iron Fists recalls how cool it was to work with Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, calling Quentin his teacher and Roth classmate. He says he was elevated by both of them and also candidly admits of copying Quentin’s style of work and is not ashamed about it as stated in a Rolling Stone interview. The hip-hop megastar claims that Sting of Scorpion is very different from The Man with the Iron Fists and Quentin seemed to had loved the script.
Apparently he is not directing this film and also not involving Quentin in this one. He wants to project his learning experiences in the new movie and render his own style to this film. Although one will not get to see RZA’s martial arts on display in Paul Walker’s Brick Mansions, viewers definitely can expect it in The Man with the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion.
By Daris Abraham