‘Expendables 3′ Director Patrick Hughes In Talks to Helm ‘The Raid’ Remake

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the raid redemption Expendables 3 Director Patrick Hughes In Talks to Helm The Raid RemakeAmerican remakes of great foreign movies aren’t a new commodity, so Sony’s longstanding desire to shoot their own rendition of Welsh filmmaker Gareth Huw Evans’ wildly acclaimed martial arts film The Raid: Redemption isn’t exactly surprising. If you were hoping that the project might end up circling the drain and fade into obscurity, you’re about to have your hopes dashed; Sony (through subsidiary Screen Gems) is still making it happen. As of today, the production not only has a screenplay in the can, but also a director set to take the reins.

That would be Patrick Hughes, whose sophomore effort – a little film called The Expendables 3 – is on its way to an August release this summer. Hughes made his debut in 2010 with Red Hill; the jury is out on what he has to offer in the former franchise, so for the moment he’s just a fresh face who has one very solid picture under his belt. Meanwhile, the man responsible for the script is Brad Ingelsby, the writer on last winter’s Out of the Furnace and the upcoming umpteenth Liam Neeson action vehicle, Run All Night.

News of this development comes courtesy of the folks at The Wrap, who also hint that two of the three brothers Hemsworth have been put on the table as potential casting options (though no first names are specified). Further, Screen Gems plans to begin shooting this fall, which puts the film a good ways off from seeing the theatrical light of day. For now, everything else on the American Raid remains up in the air.

There are a couple of different axes here to consider: one, getting Ingelsby over Jon and Erich Hoeber (the guys who penned 2012’s Battleship) feels like an upgrade at a glance, even for those whose reactions to Out of the Furnace were mixed. (Admittedly, the writing on a film like The Raid: Redemption isn’t its most important characteristic.) Two, Hughes’ hiring is something of a wild card. Red Hill is a worthy first endeavor, but it doesn’t strictly suggest that Hughes has the kind of energy needed to make a film like The Raid remake sing.

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If anything, Hughes’ work on The Expendables 3 will serve as a better barometer in terms of what he’ll be able to bring to a pure action movie. That one is still months away, and depending on who you ask, new blood can only improve that gasping series; that said, fan anticipation for the third entry in the 80’s action icon extravaganza might ratchet up a bit now that Hughes’ participation in The Raid: Redemption remake is on the table. He’s shown that he can build tension with verve; now he has to show that he can choreograph brutal fist fights with similar skill.

That’s going to be his biggest challenge. The Raid: Redemption is an exercise in execution, both behind the camera and in front of it. Evans stages his fights with flawless clarity, placing his camera in exactly the right spot at any given moment, and his cast is comprised almost entirely of bona fide martial artists. Time will tell if Hughes and his as-yet-shapeless cast are up to the task of matching the energy of the original.

For now, this is a particularly well-timed announcement; Sony is releasing The Raid: Redemption‘s sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, at the end of March. Already a recipient of a swath of positive praise (with some healthy criticism in there to balance out the effusion), the movie looks like a hot ticket, and it seems like Sony wants to capitalize on that notoriety as quickly as they can. We’ll see whether or not they can bring it with their own take on The Raid: Redemption eventually.


The Expendables 3 arrives in theaters August 15th, 2014; we’ll keep you posted on details of The Raid remake as they become available.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Why reboot a damn solid action movie, that came out like 3 years ago.Even at this point i can tell you this is going to flop both commercially and critically :/

    • For America!
      America is like the blob, it just envelopes all things into itself and makes it apart of its own.

    • Wasn’t Dredd like a remake of Raid already?

      • No because Dredd was made before The Raid but released after.

        • This one just won’t die, will it? All this time later and it’s still physically impossible to get through a comments section on anything concerning The Raid without someone regurgitating this old cobblers.

    • Because like TASM, it needs to be rebooted just to be rebooted, LOL

  2. God I hope this bombs. Is ANYONE in favor of this? I mean really. No fan of the Raid would want this.

    • I have never understood the mindset behind wanting a movie to “bomb.” Why would you want any movie to fail?
      When I watch a movie I hope that I enjoy it and feel like I spent my time and money on something that was entertaining.
      As much as I don’t think I would like an American remake of this movie, I can see why they would want one. It wasn’t put in wide release here and the majority of the population knows nothing about it. On top of that, quite a few people do not like reading subtitles and do not know Indonesian. So, it makes sense to remake it in English. I hope they can still pull off the brutality of it.

      • Can’t they just translate it???

      • Here’s the mindset behind wanting a movie to bomb: you want the movie to fail so that studios stop making movies like it. Not that remakes can’t be good, but if this is a commercial failure, it might make studios like Sony think twice about remaking great movies that don’t need to be remade.

      • The Raid is available in English dubbing already. Personally prefer to read the subs as they have voiced over everything. In doing so they’ve taken the raw emotion behind the fights. E.g The corridor scene. Dubbing could have been done alot better

        • Maybe I am old school but a badly dubbed martial arts flick seems organic to me, like horror movies the use available light. The only good thing I could see come out of an American remake is that if they water down the choreography and more edgy scenes more people will seek out the original.

  3. WHY!?

    The sequel isn’t even out yet in the United States and they want to remake this!?

    This will bomb and meet an extremely large outcry.

  4. American remake of The Raid?? As Ben Kingsley said in Sexy Beast…
    “NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!”

  5. Ouroborus
    The snake is eating its own ass

  6. I’m pulling for Patrick Hughes to do well with ‘EX3′.

    However, I agree that it’s crazy to consider remaking a 2 year old movie (one that doesn’t need a remake… can’t American audiences handle watching a movie in subtitles?).

    • Same here. I think that the franchise can only really go up from here, and I liked Red Hill well enough that I want Hughes to succeed.

      Still not sure if that makes me like the idea of a Raid remake any better, but there are worse choices they could have made by a long shot.

  7. Hollywood just doesnt know how to leave the classics alone. The film is barely 3 years old and they wannt to remake it smh.

  8. What??? another remake? really insane.. Raid 2 gonna release now… Do we really need a remake for the original? My hate… They already spoiled so many crafts in the name of remakes.. why don’t they hire Gareth Evans again to do remake in Hollywood, If they wanted to do..

  9. This doesn’t make sense, they’re just going to have to hire foreign actors to pull off the insane martial arts and stunts, it’s not as though Liam Neeson, Keanu Reeves, and Ryan Gosling are gonna make this movie work.

  10. At this pace, before we know it there is going to be an american remake being shot simultaneously with the foreign property. Using a translator for the ‘original’ film’s twitter account to find out day by day what scene to shoot and how to ruIn it.

  11. I read it like this: “Awesome movie, but not nearly awesome enough to promote it to the american audience. Let’s just remake it.”

  12. This makes less sense then any other american remake because The Raid has such a strong following in America.

  13. That sound you hear is Mr Kendrick furiously revising his reboot/remake article 😉

  14. This movie needs a remake for the american public. I will no longer say “we don’t need a remake” with remakes/reboots such as TASM out there with good reception

  15. Sure, why not? I mean, after the box office smash of the Oldboy remake… Oh, wait…

  16. Oh come on!

  17. ok well if it doesnt bomb more people will be exposed to the original. i was lucky enough to see the original in theaters.

  18. Let the original director finishes Raid 3 first. Then Hollywood can do a sh1tty remake.
    They will probably go with Sfx and full green screen with their remake. Blergh!

  19. Whaaaaaaaatt

  20. why see the original it was amazing . plus jason statham already has too many movies just namedropping him because well thats who hollywood uses

  21. Worst idea ever!!!!!

  22. the only reason this movie succeed is if they bring the choreograph on board because American choreographs do not have the chops to make something as intense as The Raid Redemption.

  23. This really bums me out. Actually it kind of makes me angry. I was lucky enough to see Redemption and 2 on a big screen here in Colorado; subtitled!
    What a waste. This is why I’m thankful and supportive of places like Denver SIE, CU IFS and Video Station. You guys are the bomb!!