Patrick Hughes’ Remake of THE RAID to Start Filming in September

     May 19, 2014


Fans of Gareth EvansThe Raid know that a remake is a fool’s errand.  Even if someone was able to match Evans’ expert direction, they would still need a highly-trained cast of martial arts masters, and those masters aren’t famous enough to draw in casual moviegoers.  If they did, the original film would probably be a monster hit.  So while The Raid remake could still be successful on its own terms, people who have seen the original will know that it’s a remake in name only.  However, when Steve spoke with the remake’s director, Patrick Hughes, on the set of his upcoming film The Expendables 3, Hughes said, “if anything we’re looking to match the action, but also to have a really distinct take on it.”  I admire his ambition.

Deadline is reporting that filming on The Raid remake is set to begin in September, but there are currently no details beyond that.  There still hasn’t been any casting, although there was a rumor that the studio was seeking to cast Chris and Liam Hemsworth.

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  • T

    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

  • Lex Walker

    The Raid: Unnecessary

  • The Flobbit

    Iko Uwais needs to roundhouse kick these morons through a wall.

  • DNAsplitter

    I’d only be interested if they had John Woo directing w Nik Cage and Tom Cruise starring as the brothers. “Bat shit crazy action with over the top acting w doves!!!” – could be the tagline.

    • The Flobbit

      I’d only be interested if the building was now a 60 story skyscraper, each floor guarded by a different army, from the Crazy 88 to werewolves and Chitauri. Nic Cage sacrifices himself on Floor 56 fighting a leather-clad Keanu Reeves so Tom Cruise can proceed to the top floor. He is greeted by Chow Yun Fat, with a baby in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Cruise is blasted backwards through a window and a thousand doves fly out the hole.

      Then it is revealed that Chow Yun Fat was actually Nic Cage with his face off, and Nic Cage was Christian Slater attempting to make a comeback.

      THAT or NOTHING!

      • DNAsplitter

        I love the Christian Slater twist. Perfect!

      • lordjim

        wow, that would be my favourite movie!

      • computerbenefit

        That’s the only I would ever be interested in a remake of this. Bravo.

      • computerbenefit

        That’s the only I would ever be interested in a remake of this. Bravo.

  • The Flobbit

    After we get past the fact that a brutal Indonesian action film is being Hollywoodized by the guy who made The Expendables 2 aka the least subtle film ever made, we come to a disturbing possibility: Chris and Luke Hemsworth starring???

    That in itself should be proof this remake will be crap. Evans didn’t need A-listers and ripped, buff action heroes to make a good movie: all he needed was a scrappy little Silat fighter and some of the fastest, most balls-out fighting ever put to celluloid. Chris and Liam are good actors, but they’re huge, they’re slow, and they don’t know any martial arts.

    Meanwhile, we can always go back to the vision of a crazy 6’4 Welshman, a spry young Indonesian fighter, and 20 stories of mayhem. Plus a great sequel.

    • RiddleThemThis

      Actually, its the director of Expendables 3, Simon West directed part 2.

      I’m not familiar with the work of Patrick Hughes but I’m surprised they used him rather than a well-known action director to do Ex3 and now the Raid remake.

      • lordjim

        he made a great low budget pick – red hill.

      • The Flobbit

        Hmm, OK right.

      • Mike

        Dude. The guy’s name is Liam Hemsworth. And like was already pointed out, homie directed Expendables 3, which we have yet to see. And what the hell does “hmmm ok right” mean? Does it mean that you don’t agree that Red Hill was a great low budget pick?

      • The Flobbit

        It means that in the world of generic action sequels, I COULDN’T CARE LESS!

  • Loso_Rocks

    FUCK. This. Movie.

  • Michael Ellis

    A little correction. B13 was a bad ass action movie! Brick mansions was awful and should have went straight to video.

  • the king of comedy

    The Raid movies were great action films but relaid heavily on the action sequences, wich truth be told, are action sequences you would expect in an asian movie, it would be much harder for an american production to get this right.

  • SuperBuckeye30

    I’m usually not up in arms when a remake is announced, but I am with this one. There is no way in hell that they will make anything close to as good as the original is. No “Hollywood” actors working today can match that level of fighting and choreography that Evans put on screen in The Raid and The Raid 2. NO ONE! I hope this remake falls apart.

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