'The Raid 3' May Not Arrive Until 2018 or 2019

The Raid 3 unlikely to arrive before 2018

You may consider Gareth Huw Evans' The Raid 2: Berandal an instant action classic; alternately, you may feel that Evans' ambition got in the way of the sequel's ante-upping action sequences. (Read our own Kofi Outlaw's review here.) But if you fall on one side of the fence or the other, you're probably still excited at the prospect of Evans returning to Jakarta's bloodstained criminal underworld for another round of hyper-violence.

After all, the Welsh-born filmmaker has already built expectations for The Raid 3's (subtitle pending) eventual release; that film will, per Evans' own words, begin a couple of hours before The Raid 2: Berandal's insanely brutal climax. But though the director already has both a concept and a starting point in mind, he isn't rushing to put pen to paper on a new Raid picture just yet.

In point of fact, if you're eagerly anticipating the next installment in the' Indonesian crime saga, it seems like you're going to have to wait a while - a long, long while. In a recent statement broadcast via Twitter, Evans put The Raid 3 on his timeline somewhere between 2018 and 2019, noting concurrently that he hasn't begun writing the film's script, either. So fans of The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal are going to have to find their over the top action fixes elsewhere in the interim.

Here's the Tweet from Evans' account:

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