Gareth Evans' The Raid was basically the best action film of the last 5 years, no question. And while we weren't quite so crazy about the larger scale sequel, we're a lot more worried about another related project.
Even as far back as 2012, The Raid was moving towards an American remake. This is an inevitable part of any kind of success but we do still wish that people would watch the original. Are subtitles really that intimidating.
Anyway, Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was finally confirmed as the director of the film recently and he's been chatting to Comingsoon.net about his plans for a new take on the pretty perfect original.
"Obviously the original just blew my mind and I was fortunate enough to catch up with Gareth Evans in LA at the premiere of 'The Raid 2.' The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, and there's so much you can do with that. So our take on it is really interesting and I feel like if anything what I want to do is elevate the emotional aspect of it, and I think those are my favorite action films of all time when you can balance the action and the emotion, and what he did with his first 'Raid' was phenomenal.."
And for those who are worried its just going to be basically the same film:
"Certainly, we're not there to recreate that film beat for beat, with the set up we're following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned. So they set up a DEA task team that's six units and they work across borders and sort of act like Navy SEALS. You never read about it, you never hear about it, but they go on these missions. So that's a really interesting take and a really nice premise and also what's interesting on this take on it is the clash of cultures and the clash of martial arts, the fighting styles, which is something that's going to be a lot of fun when we've really started pre-vizzing stuff."
So... I really don't care for a film with more emotion, if I'm being totally honest. Does it sound here like these agents are going to be heading outside the US? Maybe to somewhere like Mexico? And how will the martial arts element be integrated - will one of the players just happen to be super kick ass?
Gareth Evans is on board as an executive producer and he's bringing his stunt team over to work on the new film. We'll have to wait and see if they can bring the same sensibilities to a Western set.
The Raid remake has no release date yet. Take your time guys. Get it right...