writer and star duo Gareth Huw Evans and Iko Uwais debuted their second feature together last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Titled The Raid
it's a bad ass fusion of Die Hard
and Assault On Precinct 13
with a body count that would make John Woo blush as the bullets, blades, sticks, elbows and feet get flying early and never let up. The audience response was, to put it mildly, enthusiastic.
And today, to put a bit of an exclamation point on the whole affair US distributors Sony have released the first red-band teaser for the film coupled with the announcement that Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda is currently hard at work creating a score for the picture's US release. Here's their official announcement:
Culver City, CA (September 9, 2011) - Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has teamed-up with LINKIN PARK's Mike Shinoda to create an entirely new musical score for the ultra-intense action picture
THE RAID, starring break-out martial arts sensation Iko Uwais (Merantau) and Joe Taslim (Rasa).
This collaboration will mark Shinoda's first feature score.
"This film is wall-to-wall action, and one of the most exciting pictures of the year. Dropping a brand new score by Mike Shinoda on it will be like adding a whole new main character to a picture that's already cranked to 11!," said Dan Primozic, who negotiated the agreement on behalf of SPWA.
Adds Shinoda, "The intense visuals and compelling story of THE RAID have made this an exciting first venture into scoring for me. I'm thrilled for Linkin Park fans to see--and hear--this film."
The high-adrenaline film produced by PT. Merantau Films and XYZ Films and directed by Gareth Evans (Merantau) enjoyed its North American debut last night at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival's "Midnight Madness" screening, but included the original score as yet untouched by Shinoda's sonic stylings.
Director Gareth Evans said, "It's an incredibly exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with such talent on the score for the film. I can't wait to see what new angle they will take to enhance the impact of the film."
Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films commented, "Working with a talented musician like Mike Shinoda is a dream scenario because his vision and sound are a perfect compliment to the intense energy and emotion of THE RAID. Gareth and our collective teams are thrilled to be able to fuse these extraordinary elements together."
SPWA has U.S. rights and Celluloid Nightmares is the worldwide sales agent for the film.
MTV had the US debut of the trailer earlier today, but for those unable to view the MTV feed thanks to their physical location ScreenAnarchy is proud to present the trailer to the rest of the world. Strap in and take a look below.
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