The Raid Remake Loses its Director & Studio Backing

The Raid Redemption Gareth Evans

Writer/director Gareth's Evans' The Raid: Redemption, an Indonesian movie from 2011, is regularly regarded as one of the best modern action movies. Evans' film may have a very simple story (a S.W.A.T. team infiltrates a criminal's tenement), but it left an incredibly strong impression because of its intense and brutal choreography, and some very creative cinematography. The beloved, violent movie received a follow-up in 2014, and the sequel expanded on the story while exploring a variety of action scenes outside of a confined tenement building. According to Evans, though, The Raid 3 isn't going to happen "anytime soon" because nothing is written yet.

As fans wait for the third chapter in Evans' thrilling franchise (maybe 2018/2019?), another Raid movie is planned to open in theaters: an American remake. Evans is serving as an executive producer and the remake may use choreographers from the original Raid movie, but that news of this project has been met largely with negative reactions all the same. However, the remake's future is looking less secure now, in the wake of both the attached director and one of the studios backing the film having dropped out.

According to Tracking Board, director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) and the company Screen Gems are no longer attached to The Raid. No statement has been released which explains why the director and the company are no longer on board, but the report did add that Hughes is already moving on to direct another project: The Storm Warning. This leaves XYZ Films - which was attached to both of Evans' The Raid movies - as the only production company currently involved with the project.

At the time of writing this, there's no word on which directors and new film distributors are being sought after for the Raid remake. What is still confirmed is that Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow/Crossbones from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War) has landed a lead role, and his body of work certainly proves he can handle action-heavy films. While there's a lot of skepticism surrounding the project (and understandably so), having him as a lead at least offers some promise.

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"Pulling the trigger is like ordering takeout."

During a previous interview, Grillo made it clear he's passionate about The Raid: Redemption, and he wants the remake to do it "justice":

"What people don’t know is that I’m a blackbelt in jujitsu, which I’ve been for 20 years, and I’ve been boxing since I’ve been 15 years old – those are things that come natural to me. Believe it or not, I just got hired to do [the remake of] The Raid…I loved [the original]…we’ve got to do this justice. It’s a fanboy favorite."

The remake is said to "closely" follow the original story, but will "likely" take place in the near future. Whether or not that means the S.W.A.T. team will have some better technology at their disposal remains to be seen... but if someone wanted to see "The Raid: Redemption with superior technology", they could always just check out Pete Travis' Dredd, instead. Still, information about the upcoming remake's narrative is limited - and now with the director and Screen Gems backing out, the future of this movie remains unclear.

We'll keep you updated on developments for The Raid remake as they're made available.

Source: Tracking Board

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