'The Raid': Joe Carnahan to Tackle Reimagining of Indonesian Action Movie

"It's not a remake. It's a reimagining of the same scenario," the filmmaker said on Twitter.
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'The Raid' (2011)

Joe Carnahan is taking on The Raid.

The filmmaker and actor Frank Grillo on Wednesday shared an Instagram video announcing the project, which would reimagine the groundbreaking 2011 Indonesian martial-arts film.

The cult action hit tells the story of a SWAT team who must fight its way to the top of a heavily protected apartment building that houses a brutal drug lord. The pic made action stars of its actors (some even made their way into Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and introduced audiences to martial art called silat.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Carnahan revealed more details of the reimagining, saying he would direct and produce the project, with Gareth Evans, helmer of the original film and its 2014 sequel, on board as an exec producer. As far as tone, Carnahan said it would resemble his 2011 Liam Neeson starrer The Grey and his 2002 crime thriller Narc

"It's not a remake. It's a reimagining of the same scenario. Everybody take a deep breath. We won't disappoint you, rabid-fanboy-from-Hell," he tweeted. "You can't remake The Raid, guys. It's a fantastic film. So, ask yourselves why would we be doing it, unless we had something really special."

The project was set up at Screen Gems in 2011 and last had Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes on board for a remake. Grillo and Taylor Kitsch were circling the project in 2015. XYZ Films, which produced the original, got the rights back in 2016.

XYZ is partnering with Carnahan and Grillo via the duo's shingle, War Party. The new project is now going the independent route.

Carnahan quickly snagged one fan for his project: Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who tweeted that he was "So psyched."

 

#WarPartyFilms @xyzfilms @frankgrillo1 @ghuwevans. It's going down for real. #theraid

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