'The Raid' Remake Delayed, But Shortlist of the Cast Has Surfaced
Earlier this year, The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes was tapped to direct Screen Gems' gestating remake of Gareth Evans' action masterpiece The Raid. The project was slated to start shooting this fall, but Variety has word that production has been pushed back and pre-production has been halted. No reason has been given, but the plan is now for the film to shoot early in 2015 instead. It's important to note that the film hadn't been given a greenlight yet, so this isn't entirely surprising, but it was close to getting off the ground as producers began figuring out who they wanted to star in the film. So who was on their shortlist?
While Liam Hemsworth and Chris Hemsworth were previously discussed as options to play the two brothers in the crime thriller remake, their names haven't been mentioned in this new list of wanted stars which includes Ethan Hawke, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Luke Evans. The trade notes that none of these names are official or on board the film, and part of the reason for the delay might be to land some bigger names later down the road.
Hughes will stay on board as director, but there's part of us that wishes Evans (check out our interview with him) would have directed the remake himself, just to make sure the action is top notch. But if he did that, we wouldn't have gotten the brilliant sequel this year. He still has plenty that directors here in the US need to learn in order to craft a spectacular action scene. Maybe we'll get lucky and this remake won't happen.