Hollywood remake of The Raid in the works
The Indonesian action film will be distributed by Sony Pictures, and Sony's sister company Screen Gems in talks for a remake.
by Joann Park
Date Published: 09/26/2011
The Raid. Photo courtesy of the TV and Movie Spot.
The Raid, which recently won the 2011 Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness audience award on Sept 18, first caught the attention of Sony Pictures at the Cannes Film Festival. A few months after Sony acquired the film's North American distribution rights, it was announced that its subsidiary company, Screen Gem, is in negotiations to produce a Hollywood remake. Recent films by Screen Gem include Easy A, Country Strong, and Resident Evil: Afterlife.
The Raid is about a SWAT team that gets trapped in a building by a notorious mob. Their only way out is defeating the mob's violent army of martial artists and thugs, equipped with deadly weapons. The film features up-and-coming Indonesian actors: Iko Uwais, YayanRuhian, and Joe Taslim. It also highlights the traditional Indonesian martial art of silat, a unique fighting style that has charmed its critics and audiences. Screen Gem is already is being questioned in how it's going to handle this critical element into its American version.
The original writer-director, Gareth Huw Evans, declined to direct the Hollywood version of The Raid, as he is gearing up for the film's sequel.