A Remake of Gareth Evans’ The Raid is Already in the Pipeline


Iko Uwais in The Raid (2011) Movie Image

Dang. Hollywood don’t mess around, son.

Get this: a remake of Gareth Evans’ badass Indonesian action movie “The Raid” (trailer below for the uninitiated) is already in the planning stages, with Screen Gems currently in negotiations to land the film’s Hollywood remake rights.

The film, about a SWAT team (led by Iko Uwais, who also starred in Evans’ “Merantau”) trapped inside a rundown building with the ruthless gangsters and machete-wielding killers they were there to arrest in the first place, has been wowing everyone who has laid eyes on it.

While Screen Gems won’t have any problems landing the remake rights, they’ll need to find themselves a director, because Evans has already declared that he won’t be back to direct the remake. Instead, Evans is already prepping a sequel to “The Raid”, which is scheduled to shoot in January of next year.

“The Raid”, like “Merantau”, introduced the world to the badass martial arts form known as “silat”. How exactly will they translate that for domestic consumption? Your guess is as good as mine.

Author: Nix

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  • Mrkjcs23

    this is very frustrating to hear. why not put more effort behind actually getting The Raid released into theaters in the U.S. so people can see it, instead of trying to remake a movie that hasn’t even been released to the general public yet.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      That will probably be part of the deal, except it’ll be a limited theatrical engagement to pave the way for the remake.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      haven’t you already seen “the raid?”

  • Zanirma

    Damn Hollywood, I rarely like your remake movies. I’m pretty sure any remake of The Raid won’t be half as good as the original. What makes The Raid great is everyone in the production (cast and crews) put their heart and soul in it. Evans’ care to the details, Flannery’s visionary cinematography, Iko’s and Yayan’s brilliant choreography. I already feel sorry for the people in the US if they can only see the remake in their theaters.

  • RTZ

    It is a waste of money considering the original is already the best action movie you can hope for. They should funding Gareth and Iko’s next project instead, a sequel to The Raid… “Berandal”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/runejpunk Bambang Saputra

    Please…don’t remake it. It’s an insult.

  • justjoe

    So “the Raid” – Iko Uwais – Silat – badass machete fights – relentless bloodbath = epic failure. Surely turns out to be just another halfassed star vehicle for the likes of a Jason Statham.

  • http://twitter.com/pinkieceria ari sari

    I dont know whether the buzz about the remake will eventually get the original more audience or vice versa. I simply can’t wait to watch the original and wondering where will they found a decent choreographer for Silat and Silat fighter. Iko, Yayan, and stunts are actually real fighters.. N silat they master of isn’t 6 months training.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The same people who seeks out these type of movies will continue to seek it out. The same people who could care less about “foreign” movies won’t. So, no, I don’t predict any real “extra” buzz or anything, though I suspect the extra International interest in Evans should prove helpful when he wants to make a movie with a bigger budget, etc.