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The Raid remake may be stuck in limbo with no director

10.26.2015

There was a a large, collective eye-roll when it was announced a US remake of THE RAID: REDEMPTION would eventually be coming our way. No surprise given the popularity of the original (along with the lack of English), but there's been little said on the remake front. The reason for that just may be because the film is now without a director and its star.

The names Taylor Kitsch and Frank Grillo have been tossed around as far as leading men go, and most recently, THE EXPENDABLES 3 helmer Patrick Hughes was on-board to direct. Now The Tracking Board is reporting that Hughes has left the project. On top of that, production company Screen Gems has also left, leaving the film entirely in the hands of XYZ Films.

What does this mean? For one, that nobody is exactly thrilled to bring this project to fruition. Probably good news for fans of director Gareth Evans, who in the span of two films has reinvigorated the martial arts genre. Bold words, but I think they're true. His fight choreography for the original film and its sequel still has people talking. Bold and brutal, it feels less like a dance and more like two people trying to kill each other, which is exactly the way it should be!

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3:08AM on 10/27/2015
Good, keep it in limbo. A remake is completely unnecessary, and if anything would probably be completely inferior. The Raid films are great because of what they are: international, well done martial arts films with raw action and a lack of well known actors who have to stay pretty for the camera and pretend they know what they're doing. Since major studios tend to have a poor track record of actually knowing how to make a decent martial arts film, they'd probably fuck it up and give us a bunch
Good, keep it in limbo. A remake is completely unnecessary, and if anything would probably be completely inferior. The Raid films are great because of what they are: international, well done martial arts films with raw action and a lack of well known actors who have to stay pretty for the camera and pretend they know what they're doing. Since major studios tend to have a poor track record of actually knowing how to make a decent martial arts film, they'd probably fuck it up and give us a bunch of quick cuts and closeups because the actors they choose don't actually know what they're doing.
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9:03PM on 10/26/2015
One of the main goal of The Raid films was to introduce the arts of Pencak Silat for international viewers (Evans started the project after doing a documentary about the martial art style, which introduced him to fighters who he then cast in his movies), so remaking the franchise with Hollywood actors who knows very little of it nor with any intention of re-promoting it goes way beyond pointless.
One of the main goal of The Raid films was to introduce the arts of Pencak Silat for international viewers (Evans started the project after doing a documentary about the martial art style, which introduced him to fighters who he then cast in his movies), so remaking the franchise with Hollywood actors who knows very little of it nor with any intention of re-promoting it goes way beyond pointless.
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6:39PM on 10/26/2015
There is no point to remaking this. none!
There is no point to remaking this. none!
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3:51PM on 10/26/2015

Aw, that's too bad. I was really looking forward to this...

...said no one ever.
...said no one ever.
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3:05PM on 10/26/2015
Always struck me as a lost cause. I mean The Raid is famous for its martial arts, so obviously we'd cast actors not known for their martial arts prowess. That's just the first thing wrong with it, but hopefully we need not dwell on the others because hopefully this thing will just go away.
Always struck me as a lost cause. I mean The Raid is famous for its martial arts, so obviously we'd cast actors not known for their martial arts prowess. That's just the first thing wrong with it, but hopefully we need not dwell on the others because hopefully this thing will just go away.
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2:05PM on 10/26/2015

Good

It's because all the Director's out there knows that this movie doesn't need to be remade.
It's because all the Director's out there knows that this movie doesn't need to be remade.
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2:00PM on 10/26/2015

Taylor Kitsch???

Bwahahah ahahahah ahahah. No.
Bwahahah ahahahah ahahah. No.
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1:47PM on 10/26/2015
Didn't they already remake it and call it Dredd?
Didn't they already remake it and call it Dredd?
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12:57PM on 10/26/2015
I'm Hip to hear about this news because The Raid should be left alone. It was very good so just leave it alone.
I'm Hip to hear about this news because The Raid should be left alone. It was very good so just leave it alone.
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12:56PM on 10/26/2015
Good. Kill this attempt to literally whitewash another Asian action classic. Make something original for fuck's sake.
Good. Kill this attempt to literally whitewash another Asian action classic. Make something original for fuck's sake.
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12:20PM on 10/26/2015

Good

They will never capture the feel of the original.
They will never capture the feel of the original.
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