‘Expendables 3′ Director Confirmed to Helm ‘The Raid: Redemption’ Remake

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The Raid Redemption Expendables 3 Director Confirmed to Helm The Raid: Redemption Remake

Fans really shouldn’t have been surprised when Screen Gems snagged the American remake rights to director Gareth Evans’ breakthrough action film The Raid: Redemption. After all, the film received praise from both critics (read our own Kofi Outlaw’s review) and fans alike, and with positive buzz already brewing for The Raid 2: Berandal, it’s set to become a hit franchise in its own right.

The anticipated release of the sequel film has inevitably sparked development in the English-language remake. Battleship writers Jon and Erich Hoeber were initially reported to be working on the script, but more recent reports have credited Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) as the film’s writer, with director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) joining the project as well.

Now, according to Deadline, Hughes has been confirmed as the director of The Raid: Redemption remake. In addition to Ingelsby and Hughes, XYZ Films – which produced the original Indonesian film – is returning for the remake, and Evans will executive produce as well, with his original fight choreographers in tow.

Fans of the original Raid will likely be somewhat relieved that Evans and his fight team are onboard the American remake, as there is a far better chance that the new film will remain true to the spirit (and ground-breaking action sequences) of its predecessor. Considering Hughes’ only previous directorial credit (other the upcoming Expendables film, of course) is the 2010 Australian Western thriller Red Hill, some moviegoers may be skeptical about how the film will turn out.

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However, given that the original crew is supporting the remake and the fact that the original Raid franchise appears to be going strong and heading for an inevitable third installment anyway, it may be a good idea for hardcore fans of The Raid: Redemption to keep an open mind about this remake. With any luck, Hughes’ film could provide some interesting twists on Evans’ work and make The Raid franchise more popular than ever.

Granted, American remakes of foreign language releases don’t exactly have the best track record, but perhaps it’s wise to wait awhile before decrying this new film and put that pesky fear of remakes aside for the time being.

Are you looking forward to Hughes’ take on The Raid: Redemption, or are you firmly against the film, regardless of who’s involved behind the camera? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest on the American remake of The Raid: Redemption as the film makes its way to production.

In the meantime, The Raid 2: Berandal hits theaters on March 24, 2014.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Anyone who supports a remake of a two year old movie that is actually good is out of their mind lame. Watch the original, in fact go out and buy a copy even if you already own it, that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to pay it forward to someone.

  2. I’m usually pro-remake when it gives the opportunity to update the special effects or tech in a story (I thought Robocop, while entirely different from the 80′s version, was a action movie worth paying to see in theaters).

    But I guess my problem with this remake comes down to a couple of things:
    1)The only reason for this remake seems to be so that it can be in English. That might make sense for something where the language impedes enjoyment of the movie, I had no problem enjoying the sick fight scenes in the Raid despite the language barrier. It might be necessary for dialogue-heavy or culturally-immersed movies, but to see guys fighting and shooting at each other? Nahhh. I couldn’t understand a word that Sly or Arnie said in any of his 80′s action movies and they were still great.

    2)Karl Urban’s Dredd was this movie in English. Cop goes into building. Ensue Die Hard Scenario. The villain is a drug slum lord. After lots of bullets and amazing fighting, (SPOILER) the good guy wins (not a spoiler). Dredd at least added a different character and environment to it while also a drastically different film style. With the original choreographer and director involved, I doubt this will be much different.

    3)Why do movies have to be in English to be good? This remake seems exactly like the remake of Old Boy. It adds nothing to the picture except a named action star (probably) and words in English. From what I have heard, Josh Brolin and English were about the only major departures that Spike Lee made. The original in Korean is not hard to follow and doing a line-for-line translation is what subtitles are for. It’s not like either Korean Old Boy or The Raid: Redemption were under-acted or under-directed. I don’t get it.

    4)The Raid: Redemption was released in US theaters. That’s where my friends and I all saw it. I don’t understand why the money going to the remake can’t work with the team to make a parallel movie or the third, rather than remaking the same story that hasn’t even had time to gather dust. We didn’t have to remake Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon into English two years after it came out. Pretty sure everyone who saw it didn’t leave theaters saying, “That was alright. I need it in English to really appreciate though.”

    It’s a shame that they are risking ruining the brand with a bland remake when they could just market the hell out of the film and re-release it. There’s no real point to remaking the whole thing. Just pay for the marketing based on it’s own laurels as a run up to the sequel (a la re-release of Star Wars in the late 90′s before that whole prequel that we’d all like to forget). At least it won’t risk as much.

  3. BOOOOOO!!!!! You should already own the original and know you cannot top this with a remake . unless they use tony jaa

  4. This certainly doesn’t need a remake, but if Evans is involved, i’ll take a look. Scott Adkins name springs to mind in regards to casting..

  5. Who knows? This could be “The Departed” for The Raid: Redemption.

  6. Just read the damn subtitles, or watch the dubbed version!

  7. can anyone please tell me why should be remade?

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