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