Fans of Gareth Evans‘ The 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.