‘Raid: Redemption’ Director Planning New Action Film

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 19th, 2013 at 1:19 pm,

The Raid: Redemption is one of those great films that mainstream American audiences, for the most part, unfortunately missed out on. However, for those lucky enough to see the Indonesian action film from Gareth Evans, it probably only made them more eager to see what the Welsh-born writer/director will do next.

Next year, Evans will write and direct an unnamed action drama for Media Rights Capital. According to Deadline, plot details are still scarce, but the film will feature two strong male leads. Evans had previously inked a deal to direct heist film Breaking the Bank for Universal, but this untitled project will go in front of cameras first (that is, after Evans concludes work on the upcoming Raid sequel, titled Berandal in its native language).

Since little has been revealed thus far, it remains unknown whether the untitled film will feature any stars of Evans’ previous films or showcase the distinctive style of Indonesian martial arts known as “pencak silat”  that featured heavily in The Raid. Meanwhile, Hollywood – in its endless mission to rehash prior successes – already has an American remake of The Raid in development.

Gareth Evans Raid Redemption ‘Raid: Redemption’ Director Planning New Action Film

Regardless of the film’s premise or cast, this is certainly welcome news for Evans’ burgeoning American fanbase. If his breakout film is any indication of the man’s chops as an action director, U.S. audiences should be in for quite a treat. Our own Kofi Outlaw said that The Raid: Redemption deserves to be ranked alongside the original Die Hard as an example of action cinema at its finest.

Here’s hoping that Evans is able to deliver on that promise and establish himself as the next big action auteur without compromising his vision.

Berandal – aka The Raid 2 – will likely hit theaters in 2013.

Are you excited about Evans’ English language debut or worried that his style will get lost in translation? Sound off in the comments.


Source: Deadline

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  1. Ryan Gosling is one for sure

  2. whatever he directs next year will most assuredly NOT be his “first English language film”.

    “Footsteps” – his first film (post graduation) – was in English, did the rounds of the festival circuits, and did win some awards. (P.S. it’s available on Amazon)

  3. looking forward to it, he has a way of including very little dialogue yet excelling the narrative forward in doing so. what people need to understand is that he didnt choreograph so those expecting his american movie to be lke the raid should pray that he works with a renown stunt team (the guys that did the stuff for ninja assassin are pretty renown).

    i personally look forward to the sequel to the raid (and it’s sequel as stated by the producer of the 1st one), it had a very unique feel to it, despite having all cliché martial arts movie stuff (group fight scenes, epic final battle etc). the only part in interested in about the american ‘remake’ is the cast, b/c that will determine if we get solid and believable action (something hollywood isn’t used to producing) or a quick cut fest b/c the actor cant fight for s*** (like most of statham’s movies)

  4. I wouldn’t expect too much,cause you would be just disappointed !
    And thats for sure !

    Making a Movie over here in the West,he will never be able to deliver the same action as he did with the Raid. And there are several reasons for that,from Rules and Laws,to Actors who cant fight..take a pick.

    Actors over here are no fighters,and for sure most not willing to get beaten or risk pain in a Movie.

    In the Raid you have real fighters in front of the camera,
    thats why you can make those awesome long takes with no cuts and no close angles and you see all the action.

    In the West or Hollywood,we get mostly losers perform fights with quick cuts and stunt doubles.

    There are to many rules,actors are not allowed to do difficult stunts or dangerous ones. Jackie Chan had this experience before. In asia he could do anything he wanted,in the states and for Rush Hour he had to argue for some simple stunts to jump out the Window ! He was not allowed !

    For sure he is a got Director with some amazing ideas,and he knows how to shoot a good action scene,but he needs the right people with him and in front of the camera.
    And he needs the right place to make his films..Asia is the perfect place for this,as there are not to many rules at some parts !

    So..really,i would not expect much from a western movie of his.
    But I am open for surprises !

  5. I qam looking forward to his next project :)

  6. This guy deserves to get recognition in Hollywood.