I adore Gareth Evans’ The Raid, and I was literally blown away like a punch to the face by its sequel, however I do not feel we need a remake, and today it seems that the remake is being put on hold.
Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) is the brave man taking on remaking such an action classic, and Variety have reported that the remake is being slightly delayed, but not cancelled.
Sources close to the production tell Variety that plans to begin shooting the action pic in September have been pushed back and pre-production has been halted. Insiders add that the film isn’t being put into turnaround and that the plan is to still shoot in the first quarter of 2015.
The film was getting close to a greenlight as execs were zeroing on an ensemble with sources indicating that Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Ethan Hawke were frontrunners for roles. However, other insiders said no casting decisions had been made and no offers were sent out. It’s possible that one reason for the delay is that producers are seeking a bigger name.
Patrick Hughes is still on board to direct.
There is one thing going for the remake, and that is that the choreographers from The Raid will be working on the remake, so expect the same level of violence. However, Evans’ has proved that he is one of the best action directors in the world with his two Raid films, so can Hughes possibly deliver that kind of brilliance? It is doubtful, very doubtful, although I must admit that the trailer for The Expendables 3 does look impressive.
I guess it will be The Expendables 3 which will show just what kind of talent Hughes is, and whether or not he can deliver a Raid remake worthy of the original films now legendary status.
Hughes recently spoke with ComingSoon to give some clues as to what we can expect from his version of the film:
“We have a really, really interesting take on that film. One thing, obviously the original just blew my mind and I was fortunate enough to catch up with Gareth Evans in LA at the premiere of ‘The Raid 2.’ The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, and there’s so much you can do with that. So our take on it is really interesting and I feel like if anything what I want to do is elevate the emotional aspect of it, and I think those are my favorite action films of all time when you can balance the action and the emotion, and what he did with his first ‘Raid’ was phenomenal”
I think the aspect of the remake that is probably worrying everyone is that a shot for shot remake just will not work. Thankfully Hughes has other ideas for his version:
“Certainly, we’re not there to recreate that film beat for beat, with the set up we’re following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned. So they set up a DEA task team that’s six units and they work across borders and sort of act like Navy SEALS. You never read about it, you never hear about it, but they go on these missions. So that’s a really interesting take and a really nice premise and also what’s interesting on this take on it is the clash of cultures and the clash of martial arts, the fighting styles, which is something that’s going to be a lot of fun when we’ve really started pre-vizzing stuff”