Back in 2011, Sony’s Screen Gems was quick to pick up the remake rights for The Raid, Gareth Evans’ martial arts-infused Indonesian action film. Eventually, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Kingdom star Frank Grillo was lined up to headline The Raid remake for director Patrick Hughes. But it looks like The Raid remake has just encountered a massive roadblock.
A new report suggests that both Hughes and Screen Gems have dropped out of the American remake. As far as anyone knows, Grillo is still attached to the project, but it won’t happen without studio backing or a new director. That’s going to slow down the process of making this remake considerably. But if we got an American remake of Old Boy after ten years, then The Raid will probably get its chance in Hollywood.
The original version of The Raid came out in 2011 and it quickly proved to be an influential action movie thanks to its intense fighting sequences and choreography. The story of The Raid revolves around a S.W.A.T. team infiltrating an apartment block controlled by a crime lord in the middle of Jakarta’s slums. However, the S.W.A.T. team’s mission is unauthorized, and they soon find themselves hunted by the numerous criminals living in the building.
Iko Uwais reprised his leading role as Rama from the first movie in The Raid 2, which was also directed by Evans and released in 2014. There are tentative plans for The Raid 3, but not until 2018 or 2019 at the earliest.
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