Director found for English language remake of The Raid

News Simon Brew
21 Feb 2014 - 06:35

The director of The Expendables 3 is the man tasked with the Hollywood remake of The Raid...

Some people, when they take on a remake, give themselves a more straightforward job than others. Few were too bothered, for instance, when Steven Soderbergh remade the Rat Pack heist movie Ocean's 11, primarily because the original was rubbish, and few cared about it.

But what do you do when the original is outstanding, proclaimed as one of the finest in its genre for years, and has an equally acclaimed sequel arriving? How do you tackle a film where the emphasis was on months of gruelling physical production?

Well, that question needs to be sent in the direction of Patrick Hughes, who has just been announced as the director of the Hollywood remake of The Raid.

Brad Ingelsby, who penned Out Of The Furnace, is working on a script for the film. Gareth Evans, who has directed the two Raid movies to date, will produce. Chris and Liam Hemsworth have also already been linked with the film.

Hughes' next project is The Expendables 3, but it's worth remembering that he got that job off the back of the thriller Red Hill, which is worth seeking out.

More news on The Raid remake as we hear it. The Raid 2, meanwhile, arrives in UK cinemas in April.

The Wrap.

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