These days, it takes a lot to wow an audience, especially one comprised of savvy and sophisticated moviegoers who have seemingly seen it all. Needless to say, surprises at the cinema are becoming harder to come by, but fortunately, we came across a very pleasant one two years ago in the form of a furious and bloody martial arts/action spectacle called The Raid: Redemption.
The low-budgeted Indonesian film didn't present a complex story, but still managed to score near perfection (it is one of the only films with a 5-star review score at Screen Rant) with its impressive action sequences, taut direction and precisely-executed stunts. Those who saw it seemed to get everything they wanted out of an action film, but of course, that hasn't stopped Hollywood from looking to recreate the magic with a remake.
According to Bleeding Cool, an American remake has been in the works with Sony for a while now with the original's director, Gareth Evans, attached as an executive producer. And this week, we learned that the English-language do-over added Jon and Erich Hoeber (Battleship, Red 2), who are in the early stages of rewriting the script.
Reportedly, the original structure is said to be in tact, but the Hoebers may change some of the film's dialogue (there wasn't much in the original) as well as make other Americanized revisions. However, considering Evans is still attached to the remake, the no-holds-barred action sequences and the incredible martial arts battles will hopefully be unaltered.
Fans of the original will already likely be irked to see The Raid get an American makeover, but they'll probably become enraged if the Hoebers turn the script into your typical cliched and cheesy one-liner driven American action movie. With Battleship, Red and Red 2 on their resume, one could argue that Raid fans have reason to be skeptical.
Fortunately, Evans is a common denominator behind the scenes for both projects and if he has any say, the film could avoid becoming too convoluted and cutesy. After all, it was the whirlwind of flying fists, machetes and bodies that made the original undeniably entertaining, not jokes, pop-culture references or romantic side stories.
And even if the The Raid remake ends up disappointing, fans will still have the original's sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, to look forward to. Although we haven't seen any footage of the sequel - which started shooting earlier this year - we did get a glimpse at some images a few months back and we're thrilled to say that the new film looks as raw and violent as the first.
There are currently no release dates for the American remake of The Raid: Redemption or The Raid 2: Berandal, but we'll keep you updated on both projects as they develop.
Source: Bleeding Cool