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.