Taylor Kitsch is in the running to star in True Detective Season 2, but there is a fallback plan should that not work out. The star of John Carter, Battleship and Savages has been offered the lead role in Patrick Hughes’ unnecessary remake of The Raid, Gareth Evans’ brutal Indonesian action classic.
Frank Grillo has already been cast in the Raid remake, but as the lead naturally Kitsch would take on the role of Rama, played so perfectly by Iko Uwais in the original film.
The Raid remake was recently put on hold, and instead of shooting beginning in September, this has now been moved back to January next year.
While I am against the idea, there is one thing going for the remake, and that is that the choreographers from The Raid will be working on the new version, so expect the same level of violence. It is doubtful Hughes will come remotely close to matching the awesomeness of Evans’ jaw dropping filming style, so I just think is a bad idea period.
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”