'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.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
and you would think after Old boy's remake, that they'd learn their lesson...
Fabrice Pestel on May 28, 2014
I can see the endless slo-mo sequences as we speak.
mooreworthy on May 28, 2014
How about Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg, with Scorsese at the helm? Oh wait....that was another sub-par remake of a great Asian movie....
TheOct8pus on May 28, 2014
This is just one of those movies that just really impossible to re-create. The fight sequences are so intricate and detailed that there's no possible way to actually do the original justice. On the positive side, maybe this (most likely horrible) film will draw the attention to the originals that they deserve.
Danimal on May 28, 2014
The whole twist in the first film came when you realized they were brothers. Knowing that going into the film will ruin it. I hope this film never happens.
MattPeloquin on May 28, 2014
REAMKE???????????????????????????? wtf are u talking about???? why d hell they are making remake???? it would be bullshit just like Oldboy's remake...i hate hollywood when they try to remake asian's movie because they dont know what does make that amazing !!!!
Ankit Meena on May 28, 2014
yes.. but they do know how to make shitty remakes !!!!
Tester on May 28, 2014
Does The Raid really need a remake? It's one of the most successful international action movie ever made and it's still especially popular here even with the sequel. I just hope they cancel this project altogether. But nope Hollywood is just gonna keep on moving it forward just because some people "can't have subtitles" to enjoy a great story!
DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on May 28, 2014
Let it be on delay indefinitely. Nobody cares people.
Reznik on May 28, 2014
DAVIDPD on May 28, 2014
Frank Grillo huh....
OfficialJab on May 28, 2014
I pray this doesn't happen. There is no "Raid" without Evans and Iko. And Yayan for that matter. Please, Hollywood. Just leave this alone.
Matt Hruslinski on May 29, 2014
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