‘The Raid: Redemption’ Director Talks Sequel Film, ‘Berandal’

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If you have not watched the trailer for The Raid: Redemption, you need to do that right now (watch the trailer here). This upcoming martial arts action flick by writer/director Gareth Evans has been building serious buzz around the festival circuit, with the words “Best action movie [insert time span],” being used more and more as The Raid: Redemption nears its U.S. theatrical debut. We’ve even heard the high praise echoed around our own Screen Rant bullpen (check back next week for our official review).

Should The Raid live up to even a fraction of its big hype (and we bet it will), a few weeks from now (at the time of writing this) the fact that a sequel film (titled Berandal) is in the works will likely be welcome news to many an action movie fan. Read on for a SPOILER-FREE report on where The Raid sequel currently is in development.

The premise of The Raid: Redemption is pretty straightforward: A squad of elite Indonesian cops arrives at an apartment complex to arrest a gang lord. The problem? The worst killers, maniacs, dealers and addicts in the city are all living under the gang lord’s roof, standing between the cops and their target. What ensues is a war between cops and crooks for one floor of the building at a time; however, not all is as it seems, and the cops may be in too deep to make it out alive.

Beyond that melee setup, The Raid actually does have a deeper story that surrounds rookie squad member Rama (martial arts star Iko Uwais), and – without spoiling anything – there is a door left wide open for an interesting and exciting sequel film.

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With The Raid being screened at the SXSW festival, Gareth Evans was out and about discussing the sequel film, Berendal, which is already in pre-production. Sony has already secured the U.S. distribution rights for the sequel, which will have a bigger budget than its predecessor and will shoot for about 100 days of principal photography. Evans had the following update for Heat Vision, in regards to status of the Berandal script:

Gareth Evans: I’m right in the last five percent of the script now — I’m almost done now. I should have been done a long time ago, but I just haven’t had the chance to sort of sit down and do proper writing for a long time. So I’m kind of looking forward to kind of having a little moment of rest where I can sit down and reread the whole script and then I can see how close we are to being finished with it.

On the subject of when he came up with the idea for the Berandal:

Truthfully, the sequel idea came up while I was still writing ‘The Raid’, the first one. What happened is we tried to get the budget in place for a film called ‘Berandal’ first, and we spent a year and a half doing that. And in the process of trying to get the money for that film, we’d already designed the choreography, we’d already written the script, and we were already to go and we just needed the money in order to pull the trigger on it. And that’s a year and a half of not getting any closer to getting the money. We were in a position where we just decided, you know what, **** it, we’re not going to get it, we have to do something else with a lower budget.

So The Raid became that plan B project, and over the course of setting up ‘The Raid’ we designed all of this choreography previously and we couldn’t use it on it, because we wanted to keep it for ‘Berandal‘. And in the course of making up choreography for ‘Berandal‘ we discovered this new approach of how we wanted to use silak [Indonesian martial arts] in the film. And so that kind of informed how we were going to use silak in ‘The Raid’ also…Luckily the response has been such now that we’re in a position where we can fund that film now and it will exist as a franchise.

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Finally, Evans said a bit about how The Raid  has now evolved into a trilogy:

Then, the idea for doing it as a trilogy came a little later on, because that was when we were in post-production on ‘The Raid.’ I started to think “okay, well maybe I can kind of expand the story even further.” And I don’t have a full story line for part three yet, I just have it as a concept, that’s it. So I’m still working on part three, I don’t really know what’s going to happen in part three yet. But part two is locked almost.

Evans talks more about how Berandal will connect to The Raid – but as that talk is SPOILERISH in regards to the ending of The Raid, you’ll have to jump over to Heat Vision to read it.

There are already some whispers that these film could soon get an American remake (The Raid is a product of the Indonesian film industry) but do not wait for that. We rarely try to influence our readers, but if you’re an action fan, trust us, you want to see this movie. And, by the time it’s done, you too will likely want to see the sequel, from the original director, using the actual Indonesian actors and stuntmen.

BONUS: Just go ahead and check out the trailer for The Raid: Redemption if you haven’t already:

The Raid: Redemption will be in (U.S.) theaters on March 23, 2012. We’ll keep you updated on the status of Berandal.

Source: Heat Vision (Link 1) (Link 2)


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  1. Berandal sir… nor Berendal

    • Thank you Phrygian – as you can see The Hollywood Reporter actually reported the name incorrectly in not just 1 but 2 articles.

      Thankfully we have readers like yourself to clear up those kinds of errors…

      • The Funny is sir, our local national newspaper pronounce the same words, “BERENDAL!!” and many thought they are taken it from screen rant or other western source 😀 😀

  2. a few comments here, the martial art actually can spell in several ways, silat, silek, pencak silat (most popular notion)

    Berandal literally means something like ‘bad ass’ or ‘scoundrel’ – depends on the context.

    greeting from Indonesia, can’t wait for this movie myself

  3. finally Indonesia has something worth watching for international audience, the movie itself will be at Indonesia this late March or possibly April, looking forward to it!!!

    Thank you for the appreciation of our movie and greetings from Indonesia to Hollywood!!!

  4. did you guys know that hollywood is gonna remake this with american trash ?

    gonna watch this day one of release, looks down right bad ass 😀

    • I’m Indonesian and I’ve seen this movie, well….I kind of curious wanting to know how the American remake is going to look like. I believe we shall give them time before calling it “trash” perhaps?


  5. Screen Rant you always cut down the good movies and praise the bad ones!!!This is trash to anyone with a consience.This kind of gratuitous violence has made this society the way it is and the world as well.You should be ashamed of promoting such crap!!!Any good uplifting movies you cut down.What does that say about you?To me it says alot about the simple and sick minds you are at Screen Rant!!!

    • go cry elsewhere. this movie is for action fans, yes there is a genre as such, if you don’t like violent movies then don’t watch them and stfu. this site doesn’t just review action movies incase you didn’t know (which you obviously didn’t otherwise you wouldn’t trash talk the guys that run the site).

      the movie isn’t just violent, it has some really high end choreography, but you wouldn’t know what that is b/c to you violence = sick and f***ed up.

      is this really what society is coming down to, nancy do-rights prancing around the internet trashing people for their opinion… *gets ready for the ‘hypocrite’ comments aimed at him*.

    • Violence has existed ever since the dawn of time. 2000 years ago society was watching humans being feed to lions for live entertainment. I think society has improved alot since then, don’t you?

      Movies don’t mold a persons consience, a person’s consience molds their interpretation of the movie.

    • So what movies would you like them to discuss?

      • I’m guessing the Happy Shiny People Holding Hands movies.

        • OK, wake me up when you’re finished with that conversation. 😀

      • Perhaps it would be “Titanic 3D” sir ! :-)

    • You overrate movies and underrate people.

    • Booooo!!!… ban Michael !!!… lol…aren’t you late for your PETA meeting?!!… hahahaha

    • Buddy, there is nothing more enjoyable “gratuitous violence”.
      Then again, not all are born with a strong heart (and stomach)!

    • I think Michael is a heavy fans of Drama’s movie & hates actions…do you michael ??

  6. Screenrant might as well delete the reply posts to Michael’s posts otherwise readers are going to be scratching their heads…

    • NOOOOOO!!!! If they do that, the comment section would get all screwed up.

      • Looks like they put it back up :)

    • If you don’t like it don’t watch it. just wanna say not every people think 100% the same as you do.

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