Can 'The Raid' Stars & Frank Grillo Make 'Beyond Skyline' Decent?
by Ethan Anderton
November 10, 2014
Over the summer we learned that Frank Grillo would have a role in the remake of The Raid, which is scheduled to begin shooting in January of 2015. But Grillo will also get a chance to team up with the cast of the original foreign action hit. Variety has word that the Captain America: The Winter Soldier star is set to lead Beyond Skyline, a sequel to the better-off-forgotten 2010 sci-fi thriller Skyline directed by Greg & Colin Strouse. However, now it's the original film's writer and producer Liam O'Donnell at the helm, and there's a chance it just may get interesting with The Raid stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian taking roles.
Here's a new promotional poster for the sequel that is being sold at American Film Market:
In fact, despite the title, Variety says Beyond Skyline is actually being developed as a standalone film, so it's more of a spin-off than anything. In the film, Grillo will play a detective who fights to free his son from a terrifying alien warship. The role was written with Grillo in mind as O'Donnell, who also wrote this script, says Grillo is great at playing a "throw-back action hero battling his inner demons while outwardly kicking ass.” As for Uwais, he's playing the leader of an underground resistance that forms after aliens touch down on earth. There's no word on who Ruhian will portray in the film.
But the cool thing is they're both acting as fight choreographers on the film. In fact, it sounds like how the aliens fight will actually be a big part of this film. Greg Strause, who is just producing this time, says, "We’re showcasing a new kind of alien combat, so who better to collaborate with than the most innovative fight team in the world?” Perhaps some great action combined with the cool visual effects from the first film will make this worth watching, but if the script doesn't work any better than the first film, then we're looking at another sci-fi failure. But with this talent involved, I'm interested to see what happens. Thoughts?