“It’s not a remake. It’s a reimagining of the same scenario”, director Joe Carnahan tweeted after sharing an Instagram video where he announced the project with actor Frank Grillo, but I can’t imagine many martial arts movie lovers are very pleased that the Hollywood remake….okay sorry reimagining….of the Indonesian The Raid is now definitely going ahead after being first planned in 2011. Some time ago it was reported that Patrick Hughes [who made such a fantastic job of The Expendables 3….no, only joking] was about to direct, but it seems that Carnahan [whose A-Team movie I really rather enjoyed and ought to have been a big hit and led to sequels] is now doing it, and certainly seems positive:
“Everybody take a deep breath. We won’t disappoint you, rabid-fanboy-from-Hell. You can’t remake The Raid, guys. It’s a fantastic film. So, ask yourselves why would we be doing it, unless we had something really special.”
Carnahan also said it tonally would resemble his 2011 Liam Neeson vs. wolves outing The Grey and his 2002 crime thriller Narc. Which doesn’t sound too bad, but I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see much in the way of jaw-dropping, elaborate martial arts action this time round, especially as Carnahan tends to favour the “shake the camera about, edit to hell” approach.
Anyway, somebody’s already shown excitement for this, with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson tweeting that he was “So psyched.”