Gareth Evans on the US remake of The Raid

News Glen Chapman 28 Mar 2014 - 06:57
The Raid

Whilst promoting The Raid 2, director Gareth Evans has been chatting about the planned remake of the first Raid.

With the release of The Raid 2 drawing closer, director Gareth Evans has been on the promotional trail for the movie. And perhaps unsurprisingly, the matter of the US remake of the first film has come up.

Evans has been quite candid about it, too. "With the American remake, my involvement is very minimal. I'm an EP on it, but I'm not directing it myself. I'm not going to have a massive amount of say in terms of the creative side of it. That's not because I can't. I could totally do that. I just don't feel that it would be right to do that. I think that what's right for that project is having someone like Patrick Hughes, who is going to direct, should just be given free reign to go and do what he wants, just like I was given free reign to go and do what I wanted on my first one. He should be given the same kind of deal".

Evans went on to discuss the Hughes, saying that "he's a super-talented guy. Red Hill is great. I haven't seen Expendables 3 yet, but from what I've heard about it, the guy did a great job on it. I'm kind of interested and curious to see what he's going to do with it".

Evans added that "a Raid remake is not a remake in the same way that there's an Oldboy remake where it's all about plot and character and everything is tied in to the very bitter end. This one is like a ten-minute intro. It's a concept piece. Once you're in that building and you tell the audience how that building operates, the rest of the action sequences can be completely different. They can be completely new and choreographed by someone else. All it has to do is maintain the same tone and the same kind of mood and atmosphere that we had. That's it".

The fact that there is a remake of The Raid coming presumably helps Evans secure funding for future projects - and Raid movies. Hopefully, Hughes will get a decent amount of freedom with his take on The Raid, as Red Hill is a tremendous film.

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Evans is right actually. There's a certain beauty in remaking a film when there's very little story to ruin. Definitely can't see it managing to capture the aesthetic so perfectly though.

I don't like to hate on remakes just for the sake of it. I think every movie is made for profit, even the artsie ones need to be lucrative somehow. But i gotta say that this one is really a pointless remake. The original is perfectly fine in every aspect e there's almost no plot anyway.. so what would be the point in making it more "american"? US people can't relate with thay people punching each other? My gosh.. but i'm happy for Evans, he deserves the money.

Why is nobody saying there is already a US Raid...? Dredd was nearly the exact same plot! Give Dredd a sequel rather than make this.

I wish studios would accept the fact that Dredd was undersold in theatres and give it a re-release. Given the relative success of the Dredd sequel day and that people purchased additional copies of the film on DVD/Blu Ray surely the financial cost of sending out existing prints to cinema chains with a proper marketing campaign and word of mouth could put some much needed life back in this project. Instead studios concentrate and waste money on films that not many people care about. It's quite sad really. On the up note I have my unlimited preview ticket for the Raid 2 this coming Monday!!!!

Dredd failed at the box office for the same reasons Serenity failed at the box office.
Because people are idiots!!
This is, conversely, the same reason why Adam Sandler films continue to be made and make money

i agree. dont need to retell this story Evans did prefectly. the only reason i can see why this would be done is for exposure for the original Raid crew. But, with that said, nobody i ever talk to knows what-in-the-hell 'Infernal Affairs' is.. so idk; w/evs, we'll see i guess...

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