Sony Acquires Sequel Rights to Gareth Evans’ THE RAID; Screen Gems Taps Scribe for the Remake

     February 3, 2012

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In the past, you might have read a few posts by us about director Gareth Evans’ The Raid, an Indonesian action movie featuring a small but elite SWAT team raiding a criminal-infested highrise. It all started with this ridiculous trailer followed by the news that Screen Gems was interested in picking up the remake rights. On that front, Deadline is reporting that Screen Gems has tapped Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night) to script the remake. Ingelsby has recently made waves with the script “The Low Dweller” which brought him onto Screen Gems’ radar. Before the theatrical release of the original film (via Sony) on March 23rd, Sony Pictures Worldwide has announced their purchase of the sequel rights. Hit the jump for much more on that project.

Deadline also reported the-raid-movie-imageon Sony’s pick-up of the sequel rights, a project tentatively titled Berandal for the Indonesian market. Plans have director Evans starting production in Jakarta by the end of the year. Also returning will be Iko Uwais who starred in the original. The sequel is expected to have a significantly larger budget but few details on the storyline have been released.

So for those of you keeping score at home, we have the original being released theatrically on March 23rd, a remake of the original being produced through Screen Gems and a sequel through Sony starting sometime late this year. For hints at what the sequel might be about (as well as a potential trilogy), check out Steve’s interview with Evans here. Also, Steve got to sit down with composers Mike Shinoda of “Linkin Park” and Joe Trapanese who collaborated on a new score for The Raid. Check out Matt’s review of The Raid from this year’s Sundance. Finally, if you happen to be going to SXSW this year, you’ll get a chance to check out the film.

Here’s the synopsis for The Raid:

Deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world’s most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building’s lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission. Director Gareth Evans (Merantau) and rising martial- arts star Iko Uwais reunite in this adrenaline-fueled action film.

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