If you’ve never seen The Raid: Redemption, then you’ve missed out one of the purest action movies ever made. It’s a movie that’s bursting with so much violence, that being shot by a thug in it is considered a checkpoint for ancillary characters. Naturally, it’s getting a remake in the US of A, that will be handled by Patrick “Expendables 3” Hughes. And he had something to say about that.
“We have a really, really interesting take on that film,” Hughes said to Coming Soon. “One thing, 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.
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.
The remake will have the DNA of the original film, thanks to Gareth Evans producing it along with original Raid studio XYZ Films and the fight choreographers who helped make that movie a cult hit. Meanwhile, everyone else will be waiting for a Blu-Ray release of The Raid 2: Berandal instead.
Last Updated: April 17, 2014