Making a remake to something as beloved as the cult Indonesian classic, The Raid, is a tricky proposition. After all, many consider it to be one of the greatest action movies ever made. Hence why the American version is already being labeled as simply a “reimagining.” You can see it in the rather amusing Twitter announcement that has actor Frank Grillo and director Joe Carnahan nonchalantly, and “spontaneously,” agreeing to do the remake.
Yep, The Raid is coming to Hollywood, and XYZ films are making a convincing play that this is something action fans want to see. After all, they have Carnahan and Grillo reuniting after working together on The Grey—Carnahan also previously directed Smokin’ Aces and Narc. Their collaboration is also coming off Grillo’s rising prominence as the face of The Purge sequels; he also appeared in Captain America: Civil War and its predecessor too.
In the below video, you can see them lounging about watching The Raid and coming to their purported epiphany. If you haven’t seen The Raid, it’s a wonderful martial arts survivalist film that stars Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian. Directed by Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans, it focuses on an elite SWAT team that gets trapped inside a tenement building with mobsters and unforgiving goons. To give away more would spoil the fun.— XYZ Films (@XYZFilms) February 15, 2017