Although The Raid and The Raid 2 made Gareth Evans a name to watch in Hollywood, word on the director’s follow-up has been oddly quiet these past couple of years. There’s been no word on another Raid movie or anything else from the action director outside of a short film he made about a samurai, which was released earlier this year.
But today, we finally have word on Evans’ next project. According to THR, the Evans will write and direct Apostle with XYZ Films handling foreign sales and introducing the project to buyers at the American Film Market (AFM).
Per THR, the movie is about “a mysterious man who travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister.
In the film, the man attempts to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a religious cult, which is demanding a ransom for her return. But it soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited this man, who digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.”
While this doesn’t sound much like The Raid movies (outside of the people regetting the day they met the protagonist), it does sound similar to Evans’ contribution to the 2013 horror anthology V/H/S/2, “Safe Haven” where a documentary crew investigates a cult and discovers unimaginable horrors. It’s an incredible short, and it looks like Evans’ fascination with cults hasn’t abated.
XYZ Films, Severn Screen and Evans’ One More One Productions will produce Apostle and the production is eyeing a March 2017 start in the U.K. Since they’re filming the U.K. as opposed to Indonesia where Evans made his Raid movies I’m curious if this will be his first feature that doesn’t feature an Indonesian cast. Their stunt performers have done outstanding work, but it’s possible that Evans might not need those talents for Apostle. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the project as pre-production ramps up.