Rumor Control On THE RAID Remake. Everything You're Reading This Week Is Wrong.

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
A bit of rumor control here on a story that surfaced at Bleeding Cool regarding the upcoming Screen Gems backed US remake of Gareth Evans' The Raid.

The Bleeding Cool story reported that Jon and Erich Hoeber, the screenwriters of the Red movies as well as Battleship, were writing the US adaptation of The Raid. This is not now, and never has been, in any way shape or form, true. There's absolutely nothing to it. As was reported back in February of 2012, The Raid script was penned by Brad Ingelsby. Ingelsby was the writer then, and he remains the writer now. There's been no change.

The story also - bizarrely - states that Evans is attached to direct the film (a bit they've since retracted). I say this is bizarre because Evans has stated from Day One that he has no intention whatsoever of directing the remake and will be involved only as a producer. The guy's got more than enough on his plate as it is what with completing post production on The Raid 2, which will be followed by already announced English language projects Breaking The Bank at Universal and an as-yet untitled project set up with Media Rights Capital as well as producing upcoming Indonesian project The Night Comes For Us with Killers co-director - and Evans' own directorial partner on their Safe Haven segment in VHS 2 - Timo Tjahjanto directing.

So, no. The Battleship people are not involved. And no, Evans is not directing. Everything remains as it has been.


Around the Internet:
  • Movies

    Another remake?

  • In fairness, BATTLESHIP is a masterpiece... http://twitchfilm.com/2013/01/...

  • Dave Baxter

    In fairness, would you call the Battleship SCRIPT a masterpiece? If that had landed on your desk and you read it, sans all window dressing, would you think to give these guys more work, especially a film as flipside different from Battleship as "The Raid" remake?

  • arturo

    Will Gareth Evens direct The Raid 3 to complete the trilogy?

  • Vita Azizah

    Yes, but not soon. maybe 3 or 4 years from now

  • Martin Wagner

    I can't imagine this as being anything other than a pointless, watered down cash grab too wimpy to include the very elements that appealed to the fans of the first: unrestrained bone-crunching violence. No way a Hollywood studio would back something as unflinchingly hardcore brutal as the original. Skipping, as I do with pretty much every lazy, needless remake.

  • Laubi

    I know the track record of US remakes of these type of films have not been great. But I like to think that there is hope and with the right staff, it could work. Notwithstanding the upcoming Old Boy remake, films like God only forgives have proven that the raw grittyness feel of the eastern cinema can be achieved.
    My biggest worry is if it was to be a US remake, who they'd cast. I would rather see non familair names who can act and fight rather than big names with months of training.
    Worst case scenario, Keanu Reeves as Rama, Tom Hardy as Jaka and Ray Parks as the crazy end fight guy!

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