‘The Raid‘ Remake Loses Director, Studio and Taylor Kitsch
The planned U.S. remake of hit Indonesian action flick The Raid had some good things going for it: for audiences, there was the involvement of career tough guy Frank Grillo and Taylor Kitsch, the latter of whom has apparently walked away from the project along with director Patrick Hughes. And to top this bad news off, Screen Gems has decided they will no longer distribute the film, leaving the future of The Raid uncertain.
According to The Tracking Board (which is hit or miss in its reporting, though this one seems like a hit), Kitsch is no longer involved in the U.S. remake of The Raid — neither is director Patrick Hughes, who previously helmed The Expendables 3. Screen Gems has also parted ways with the project, leaving XYZ Films without a distributor.
Back in August The Raid was reportedly delayed while the studio tried to cast a key character. Frank Grillo previously spoke with Slashfilm about the delay, saying that he hoped they could head into production after he filmed the next season of Kingdom:
‘The Raid’ was a go movie and there was one character, the critical character, that they were just not happy with. There’s not a lot of 30-something guys out there that… there’s a lot of training, a lot of martial arts training. They weren’t going to remake ‘The Raid,’ which is a beloved film, if they couldn’t find a guy who could find the physical stuff and they hadn’t been able to do that. So I think we’re going to come back around after I’m done with the second 10 [episodes of “Kingdom”]. We’re going to come back around to that.
The Raid is based on Gareth Evans’ brutal, action-packed 2011 Indonesian martial arts film The Raid: Redemption, which spawned Evans’ 2014 sequel The Raid: Berandal. The first film centers on a special-ops SWAT force tasked with infiltrating a high-rise that’s been taken over by a drug lord and his dangerous crew. The sequel follows the lead character from the first film as he’s sent on an undercover mission to take down a corrupt police system.
Without a director, distributor and one of its key stars, The Raid remake is stuck in production limbo and might not happen for a few more years, if at all. That may be a good thing, considering the casting difficulties expressed by Grillo, as well as the low probability that the U.S. version could come anywhere close to comparing to the outstanding fight sequences of the original.