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.
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.
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.