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The Raid remake delayed; potential casting hopefuls revealed

05.27.2014

Depending on how you feel about Patrick Hughes’ remake of THE RAID this may come as a good news or bad news. Production that was scheduled to start in September of this year has now been pushed to at least the first quarter of 2015. According to the report by Variety it's possible that casting is the cause of the delay.

Their source names Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Ethan Hawke as frontrunners for roles while another source of theirs says casting hasn't started. So basically they could be holding out for a bigger name or names to attach themselves to the project. While I’m glad they are not in a hurry to release the movie, one has to realize that more and more people will check out the original and THE RAID 2 (as you should) thereby deflating this remake even more.

Last month we interviewed Hughes and he talked about the remake; he touched on plot points, what he loved about the original, and mentions being in the middle of casting:

It was recently announced that you'd be directing THE RAID remake. What can you tell us about that?

It’s a really exciting project. Actually, I had the pleasure of catching up with Gareth [Evans, director of the original film] the other night in L.A., who’s EP [Executive Producer] on it. This one is a little more broader canvas. It’s a very different film, very different style of filmmaking. It centers around a DEA FAST (Foreign-Deployed Advisory and Support Team) Team that was formed during the Bush administration when the crossover between terrorism and the narcotics trade were so closely intertwined that they created a task force – I believe there are six teams that operate – they’re sort of like Navy SEALS but they operate in the world of narcotics. And, these teams work across borders so it centers around a team that goes across the border and, y’know, all hell breaks loose.

One thing that blew me away with THE RAID, along with everyone else, was – you know, what was phenomenal – it wasn’t cut up, y’know. You could clearly tell that there weren’t stunt doubles involved because you weren’t cutting around the action, it was done in “oners” and that comes down to rigorous training and having incredible fight choreography play out. We’re just in the middle of casting right now.

Here’s a great example of what he’s talking about. Also, how do you feel about this remake?

You can catch Patrick Hughes’ next movie THE EXPENDABLES 3 when it opens on August 15, 2014.

Source: Variety

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4:28PM on 05/28/2014
This is good news. The Raid does not need to be remade, ever.
This is good news. The Raid does not need to be remade, ever.
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2:24PM on 05/28/2014
I agree with Relic on Scott Adkins just call him already.
I agree with Relic on Scott Adkins just call him already.
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12:20PM on 05/28/2014

Scott Adkins!

Just get Scott Adkins and Jason Statham into it and i'm there !!!
Just get Scott Adkins and Jason Statham into it and i'm there !!!
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10:41AM on 05/28/2014
All you naysayers are delusional... everyone knows the reason to watch The Raid 1 and 2 is the dialogue and the character development. No one watched it for the action... And Dredd didn't rip this off, they were made at the same time to confuse fanboys over which one came first: the egg or the chicken?
All you naysayers are delusional... everyone knows the reason to watch The Raid 1 and 2 is the dialogue and the character development. No one watched it for the action... And Dredd didn't rip this off, they were made at the same time to confuse fanboys over which one came first: the egg or the chicken?
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9:21AM on 05/28/2014
Remake is a bad idea.even if they do,the only actor that can pull this off is Jason Statham
Remake is a bad idea.even if they do,the only actor that can pull this off is Jason Statham
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8:46AM on 05/28/2014

Nope, look how they butchered Old Boy...

Old Boy should be the #1 reason why we can't remake foreign action movies. Horror movies, sure, but not their action movies.
Old Boy should be the #1 reason why we can't remake foreign action movies. Horror movies, sure, but not their action movies.
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10:32AM on 05/28/2014
The Departed, True Lies, Insomnia, etc. There are plenty of good remakes of foreign movies (yes, even action movies), so don't be such a pessimist. They even brought in the original director/writer for the remake, and he brought his choreographers with him.
The Departed, True Lies, Insomnia, etc. There are plenty of good remakes of foreign movies (yes, even action movies), so don't be such a pessimist. They even brought in the original director/writer for the remake, and he brought his choreographers with him.
8:25AM on 05/28/2014
The original was cool.
Whereas I don't think anyone's really screaming out for a remake, they might still make an interesting movie out of it.
If the fight scenes aren't as visceral as the original, though, there's really very little point to it short of softening the rating and catering for people who don't like subtitles.
The original was cool.
Whereas I don't think anyone's really screaming out for a remake, they might still make an interesting movie out of it.
If the fight scenes aren't as visceral as the original, though, there's really very little point to it short of softening the rating and catering for people who don't like subtitles.
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7:46AM on 05/28/2014

Delay?!?

WOO-HO.. I mean, no problem! They can take as loooong as they like (*cough* hopefully becoming a DTV that'll be forgetten to time).
WOO-HO.. I mean, no problem! They can take as loooong as they like (*cough* hopefully becoming a DTV that'll be forgetten to time).
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7:05AM on 05/28/2014
No fight sequence will ever be as good as the Raid 2's kitchen fight. I mean holy shit people!
No fight sequence will ever be as good as the Raid 2's kitchen fight. I mean holy shit people!
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4:54AM on 05/28/2014
"One thing that blew me away with THE RAID, along with everyone else, was – you know, what was phenomenal – it wasn’t cut up, y’know. You could clearly tell that there weren’t stunt doubles involved because you weren’t cutting around the action"

Uh, yeah, that's one of the luxuries of the R-rating. Something Expendables 3 won't have.
"One thing that blew me away with THE RAID, along with everyone else, was – you know, what was phenomenal – it wasn’t cut up, y’know. You could clearly tell that there weren’t stunt doubles involved because you weren’t cutting around the action"

Uh, yeah, that's one of the luxuries of the R-rating. Something Expendables 3 won't have.
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12:49PM on 05/28/2014
it's also one of the luxuries of filming in a country where it's completely legal to actually beat the shit out of your actors and extras on set, and they'll do it cause they really need the money.
it's also one of the luxuries of filming in a country where it's completely legal to actually beat the shit out of your actors and extras on set, and they'll do it cause they really need the money.
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2:45AM on 05/28/2014
If more Americans would accept foreign movies exist and they are not always in English, things like this would not happen.
If more Americans would accept foreign movies exist and they are not always in English, things like this would not happen.
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7:08AM on 05/28/2014
I would say 99% of Americans agree with you. It's the dam suits in Hollywood that want that quick cash at whatever the cost.
I would say 99% of Americans agree with you. It's the dam suits in Hollywood that want that quick cash at whatever the cost.
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11:21PM on 05/27/2014
I thought it had already been remade? Oh wait, that was Dredd. My mistake.
I thought it had already been remade? Oh wait, that was Dredd. My mistake.
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11:51PM on 05/27/2014
Wow. Never heard that one before.
Wow. Never heard that one before.
1:45AM on 05/28/2014
Dredd was actually shot before The Raid. It was only released later due to the VFX.
Dredd was actually shot before The Raid. It was only released later due to the VFX.
4:19AM on 05/28/2014
The obligatory yet completely misinformed"Dredd ripped off The Raid" comment.
The obligatory yet completely misinformed"Dredd ripped off The Raid" comment.
7:10AM on 05/28/2014
Umm both movies were phenomenal! So who gives a shit?
Umm both movies were phenomenal! So who gives a shit?
11:11PM on 05/27/2014
I don't have faith in this. The insane, hard-hitting action was the primary factor for the The Raid's success. This kind of grueling stuntwork, while feasible in the Asian film industry, would be an insurance/litigation nightmare in America. As much as they can try, they cannot hope to match the intensity of the original. Furthermore, all of the above actors aren't seasoned martial artists/stuntsmen.
I don't have faith in this. The insane, hard-hitting action was the primary factor for the The Raid's success. This kind of grueling stuntwork, while feasible in the Asian film industry, would be an insurance/litigation nightmare in America. As much as they can try, they cannot hope to match the intensity of the original. Furthermore, all of the above actors aren't seasoned martial artists/stuntsmen.
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11:02PM on 05/27/2014

I`ve got a bad feeling about this movie.

Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Ethan Hawke - They`re good actors but nowhere near as awesome as Iko Uwais was in The Raid..Why can`t Iko star in it.He doesn`t have to say anything just kick ass and surround him with actors like Ethan Hawke and Frank Grillo?I hope the next announcement for this movie isn`t going to be that its going to be rated PG13.
Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Ethan Hawke - They`re good actors but nowhere near as awesome as Iko Uwais was in The Raid..Why can`t Iko star in it.He doesn`t have to say anything just kick ass and surround him with actors like Ethan Hawke and Frank Grillo?I hope the next announcement for this movie isn`t going to be that its going to be rated PG13.
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10:45PM on 05/27/2014
The plot will make much more sense in the remake because if you've been to Jakarta you will find it hard to suspend disbelief that the story can ever happen there. The original screenplay did feel like a standard Hollywood script roughly translated into Indonesian. But in the action department, I'm skeptical that the remake can bring the same level of jaw dropping awesomeness of the original.
The plot will make much more sense in the remake because if you've been to Jakarta you will find it hard to suspend disbelief that the story can ever happen there. The original screenplay did feel like a standard Hollywood script roughly translated into Indonesian. But in the action department, I'm skeptical that the remake can bring the same level of jaw dropping awesomeness of the original.
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12:52PM on 05/28/2014
no, yeah, a crime boss high jacking an entire apartment complex and providing apartments as safe houses to other criminals on the run makes MUCH more sense if it takes place in America.
no, yeah, a crime boss high jacking an entire apartment complex and providing apartments as safe houses to other criminals on the run makes MUCH more sense if it takes place in America.
8:54AM on 05/29/2014
Well, for one thing there are no such special anti-drugs task force in Indonesia yet. There's the anti-terrorist Densus-88, the mobile brigade, and that's it. Indonesian thugs tend to hold ground in one certain area or slums instead of gathered in one building. Also, traffic in Jakarta is never that sparse.
Well, for one thing there are no such special anti-drugs task force in Indonesia yet. There's the anti-terrorist Densus-88, the mobile brigade, and that's it. Indonesian thugs tend to hold ground in one certain area or slums instead of gathered in one building. Also, traffic in Jakarta is never that sparse.
10:44PM on 05/27/2014

This shouldn't be remade.

Period. Make something else.
Period. Make something else.
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10:30PM on 05/27/2014
I'm glad this was delayed. The Raid is one of those rare action movie achievements, like what Ong Bak did several years ago (just Ong Bak 1).
I'm glad this was delayed. The Raid is one of those rare action movie achievements, like what Ong Bak did several years ago (just Ong Bak 1).
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10:25PM on 05/27/2014
Thinking about this the other day and I'm actually pretty on board If they cast Jason Statham. I remember his name being suggested by someone and I'm actually pretty sold on him playing either Mad Dog or Jaka (the team leader). I can totally see Hawke in the lead but the number one thing is he should seem young and relativity inexperienced.
Thinking about this the other day and I'm actually pretty on board If they cast Jason Statham. I remember his name being suggested by someone and I'm actually pretty sold on him playing either Mad Dog or Jaka (the team leader). I can totally see Hawke in the lead but the number one thing is he should seem young and relativity inexperienced.
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10:22PM on 05/27/2014
Not so sure about this reboot, but that would be one pretty cool cast to have for it.
Not so sure about this reboot, but that would be one pretty cool cast to have for it.
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10:10PM on 05/27/2014
Like many, I'm not in favour of the remake, but if it's something that has to happen, it might as well happen with a good cast. I'm glad they're not going for pretty boys as all four can be believable badasses (though Luke Evans is very pretty as well). And hey, if it comes to pass, Falcon and Crossbones in the same movie!
Like many, I'm not in favour of the remake, but if it's something that has to happen, it might as well happen with a good cast. I'm glad they're not going for pretty boys as all four can be believable badasses (though Luke Evans is very pretty as well). And hey, if it comes to pass, Falcon and Crossbones in the same movie!
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