In the past few years, The Raid franchise has become a favorite among fans of action cinema.
Director Gareth Evans’ two Indonesian martial arts films – released in North America in 2012 and 2014 – brought a kinetic fighting style and distinctive energy to the screen which has rarely been matched. So, naturally, Hollywood has been developing a remake.
Though he has long been attached to the project, we now know Joe Carnahan will not only produce the American version, he’ll direct as well.
The filmmaker behind releases like Narc, Smokin’ Aces and the forthcoming Bad Boys for Life took to Twitter to confirm his involvement in the film. Carnahan’s work to date has largely centered on the criminal underworld and other thrillers, making him an interesting choice for The Raid.
Moreover, the fact that he’s not writing the film marks a departure from his usual approach to new projects.
Directing & Producing. https://t.co/C3D4FxdDkl
— Joe Carnahan (@carnojoe) February 15, 2017
While Carnahan’s post isn’t particularly forthcoming, it does solidify the team behind the American version of The Raid: Redemption. The film is described as a “reimagining” of the series and will star The Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo in the lead. Grillo already has a ton of action film experience under his belt (including Captain America: The Winter Soldier), though he has yet to really take on a project which embraces the martial arts form known as silat, which is so central to The Raid films.
At this point, it remains unclear what new angle the American Raid will take on the material.
Regardless, Carnahan has a solid track record and could very well take The Raid franchise in an exciting, completely new direction which will delight and thrill moviegoers. However, if there’s one thing fans of the original series should be encouraged by, it’s Evans’ status as a producer on the American version.
So, even if it doesn’t live up to the two films which preceded it, The Raid remake is unlikely to completely reject what made the Indonesian series so memorable. If nothing else, the American version can keep fans occupied until Evans gets around to making the announced The Raid 3 a reality.
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