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'Expendables 3' Director Patrick Hughes in Talks for 'The Raid' Remake

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February 20, 2014
Source: The Wrap

The Raid

Way back in 2011, when The Raid was garnering plenty of acclaim, Screen Gems was developing an American remake of the film. A few years have gone by since then, and we haven't heard any news on the remake front, which left us hoping that Sony Pictures would just allow the bad ass original Indonesian action thriller to stand on its own merits. Hell, Gareth Evans has already finished the sequel (which we loved at Sundance) and it's coming to theaters in April. Now The Wrap reports The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes is currently in talks to direct the remake with Evans also producing alongside XYZ Films.

Apparently The Expendables 3 must be turning out really well if Screen Gems wants to give the Australian director another shot at a potentially big film. But at the same time, can an American remake really improve on the original? The fight sequences are better than anything Hollywood studios are pushing out nowadays, and I can't see the film outdoing the original. In addition, The Raid 2 is one of the best action movies I've ever seen, so knowing that the original franchise just gets better, the American adaptation just feels like white noise. And I mean that literally, because you can bet it will be full of American movie stars.

As of now, the film is just coming together with Hughes behind the camera, and the next step will be casting. Supposedly Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and his brother Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) have been thrown around as potential targets to play the brothers on opposing sides of the law, but there's no offers our at this point. We're not sure the latter Hemsworth has the chops to take on a role like that though. Anyway, it's going to take a hell of a cast to get fans of the original on board with this remake, so we hope Hughes has some good tricks up his sleeve to make this work. Anyone want The Raid remake?

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  • http://twitter.com/tyrawrrnosaurus TyRawrrnosaurus
    NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. We already got Dredd 3D, what more could you want from a Raid remake??!?!
    • Rich Hill
      Exactly. Just go ahead with Dredd 2 already
  • DAVIDPD
    While I don't want this remake to happen, I know we can't stop it from happening. Let's get a good director at the helm. Although, let's be honest no one but Evens himself would appease the fanboys.
  • Damon King
    This has to be one of the most pointless ideas ever. The Raid is already a huge selling action film worldwide and especially in America. What is the need for a remake. Hollywood just wants to milk out more money from the box office once again.
  • lewinston
    Hey guys, who wants to see a remake of ONG BAK with more GUNS, EXPLOSIONS and CGI?! .... *crickets*
  • Quynh Truong
    all the actors in the original movie are martial art experts that how those kinda movies works and it fits into their culture background as the story go. the remake just gonna be another garbage like Oldboy.
  • OfficialJab
    Could be good. As has been said though, the key is getting professional martial artists and stunt people, and I have my doubts they would.
  • SparklingLemon
    This needs to have Scott Adkins. Seriously.
  • http://twitter.com/jertown Jertown
    An American remake is unnecessary. The original isn't a complex drama filled with dialogue that needs to be subtitled or (shiver) dubbed over - it's a crazy action movie! If Americans can't handle reading the subtitles for a movie this awesome, they don't deserve it.
    • Antonio
      What I've been saying for years. I hate American remakes. You know that was an actual argument from someone to me at one point "I shouldn't have to read subtitles" WELL THEN YOU DON'T DESERVE TO WATCH THE FILM YOU LAZY FUCK! Excuse my language, but damn these people need to come up with a better excuse. I'm just saddened at the fact that foreign filmmakers do not get the credit they deserve when an American comes along and makes a horrible or half-decent remake of their film. Just ruins it completely.
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Alfonso Cuarón
  • Tyrell Antonio
    Its like they watched the original film and thought "this would be a lot better without Asians"
  • https://soundcloud.com/dinsomniac MiddleClassedHomieQuan
    Hollywood must remake EVERY movie with white actors in order to maintain white supremacy in cinema
  • Avi
    this is of course a very bad Idea because you can never beat the original. And every action movie lover in the US already seen the original. And second there is no action star who can play this role...
  • Sleepinduced
    No.

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