November 09, 2011 4:27pm PT by Borys Kit
Screen Gems Closes Deal to Remake Toronto Sensation 'The Raid'
Well, it’s official: Screen Gems has announced it’s closed the deal on the remake rights for The Raid, the hot Indonesian action movie written and directed by Gareth Evans.
The pic won the Toronto Film Festival's Midnight Madness Audience Award and told the story of a SWAT team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster, armed with two highly violent martial arts killers and an army of machete-swinging, machine gun-toting dealers and thugs.
THR/Heat Vision first broke the news of the remake in September.
According to Screen Gems, “the remake will be produced by XYZ Films, which produced the original film as well. Evans will executive produce the project but will not write or direct this new English language film.”
And most interestingly, the fight choreographers of the original film will also be involved with this remake.
That last part is key since a lot of the buzz generated from the movie is due to the on-screen showing of the Indonesian fighting form called silat.