Welsh born writer/director Gareth Evans surprised the whole thriller action world with his amazing films The Raid: Redemption (2011) and its sequel The Raid 2: Berandal (2014). Filmed in Indonesia, and in indonesian language, the movies amazed the audience with its frentic action pace and its amazing choreographies. Lead by martial artist and actor Iko Uwais, who was also in charge of designing some of those choreographies, The Raid series has been quoted one of the best action films of this new millenium by many fans and film critics. Well, now a Hollywood remake is on the works and we already know who will direct and star it.
Also written by the original creator Gareth Evans, the american version of The Raid will have the same plot: a bunch of members of the SWAT team find themselves trapped in a building controlled by blood thirsty mobsters and thugs. Nice words won’t work here, and the only way to stay alive is through a feast of bullets and fights.
The director chair will be taken by Joe Carnahan, who is an experience filmmaker in the terms of furious stories with titles like Smokin’ Aces (2006) or Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane (1998). Although this time it is reported the pace will be closer to other of his better known films Narc (2002). And the lead role will be taken by Frank Grillo, easily remembered as the Sergeant Leo Barnes in The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and The Purge: Election Year (2016), and who also was under the orders of Joe Carnahan in The Grey (2011).
It is still unknown the filming locations or schedules of this remake, but it is expected to see the light next year. In the meanwhile, we can get a little dose of adrenalyn with the official red band trailer for the original The Raid: Redemption (2011):
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