Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal had its world premiere at Sundance, and since then critics have been talking highly of the film, calling it even better than the first, and even “the greatest action film ever made”. A new TV spot has just been released, containing familiar footage, but also adding in some of what critics have been saying, with one calling it “The Dark Knight of action movies”
You will find the insane TV spot below, and after all the info on The Raid 2: Berandal, you will find confirmation that Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) will be directing the remake, but before getting too angry at this news, the info does include who will be involved in the remake, which softens the blow somewhat of such a class film having to be remade.
The Raid 2 arrives in UK cinemas April 11th.
Written and directed by Gareth Evans, THE RAID 2 picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
THE RAID 2 was produced by Ario Sagantoro for Merantau Films, and Aram Tertzakian and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films. The film was executive produced by Rangga Maya Barack-Evans for Merantau Films, Irwan D. Mussry, Nick Spicer and Todd Brown on behalf of XYZ. Matt Flannery (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) and Dimas Imam Subhono served as cinematographers with Joseph Trapanese (THE BOURNE LEGACY), Aria Prayogi (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) and Fajar Yuskemal (THE RAID: REDEMPTION) scoring the picture.
The Raid 2: Berandal reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includesYayan Ruhian, Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
He thought it was over. After fighting his way out of a building filled with gangsters and madmen – a fight that left the bodies of police and gangsters alike piled in the halls – rookie Jakarta cop Rama thought it was done and he could resume a normal life. He couldn’t have been more wrong.
Formidable though they may have been, Rama’s opponents in that fateful building were nothing more than small fish swimming in a pond much larger than he ever dreamed possible. And his triumph over the small fry has attracted the attention of the predators farther up the food chain. His family at risk, Rama has only one choice to protect his infant son and wife: He must go undercover to enter the criminal underworld himself and climb through the hierarchy of competing forces until it leads him to the corrupt politicians and police pulling the strings at the top of the heap.
And so Rama begins a new odyssey of violence, a journey that will force him to set aside his own life and history and take on a new identity as the violent offender “Yuda.” In prison he must gain the confidence of Uco – the son of a prominent gang kingpin – to join the gang himself, laying his own life on the line in a desperate all-or-nothing gambit to bring the whole rotten enterprise to an end.
Confirmed: Patrick Hughes to direct The Raid remake:
Patrick Hughes, currently directing The Expendables 3, will direct the remake of The Raid for Screen Gems.
Brad Ingelsby will write the remake of Gareth Evan’s cult Indonesian martial arts film. XYZ Films is producing the project, having collaborated with Evans on the original (pictured).
Evans himself serves as executive producer and the fight choreographers from the original are also on board to reprise their roles.
The English-language remake tells of a stranded elite DEA Fast Team that must fight their way out of a tenement run by a vicious drug lord.
Screen Gems’ president Clint Culpepper will oversee the project for the studio. Ingelsby previously co-wrote the screenplay for Out Of The Furnace with Scott Cooper.
(Source: Screen Daily)