It's Official! EXPENDABLES 3's Patrick Hughes To Direct Screen Gem's Remake Of THE RAID: REDEMPTION

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It's Official! EXPENDABLES 3's Patrick Hughes To Direct Screen Gem's Remake Of THE RAID: REDEMPTION
It has been running around the rumor mill for a while now. Today Sony/Screen Gems crossed the T's and dotted the I's and Patrick Hughes, director of the upcoming The Expendables 3 and the terrific Red Hill, is officially signed on to direct their remake of Gareth Huw Evans' international action hit, The Raid: Redemption

The new script was written by Out of the Furnace scribe Brad Inglesby. Original Raid producers XYZ Films (this includes our lord and master, Todd Brown) will produce this new film. Evans is on board as an executive producer. And the original fight choreographers and Evans regulars, Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, will help bring the pain to Hughes' film. 

With this much of the original talent involved in this new project this should quell some fears that the remake will be a butchering of the original. I for one, think a new take on this epic action film is a worthy challenge. Bring it! 
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[A]March 5, 2014 12:04 AM

(...) and the terrific Red Hill ..aaaand another movie to watch. Dammit, I have to stop checking movie sites..

KieranMarch 5, 2014 2:25 AM

Didn't they already make a remake called "Judge Dredd" ;)

arturoMarch 5, 2014 12:26 PM

I hear the Hemsworth brothers may be involved? I'm curious to see how this pans out..Need to see how the director handles the action in Expendables 3?

Todd BrownMarch 5, 2014 2:31 PM

On the action front, while I don't think I'm allowed to say who it is yet, I feel perfectly comfortable saying that the American fight coordinator on this has already been in Indonesia training with Iko and Yayan and that Iko and Yayan have already designed some new sequences for the US film. Their fingerprints will be very much on it. And the US fight coordinator kicks all sorts of ass ... if you just go back through Twitch and take a look at whose work in particular I've been praising over the last couple years you'll be able to figure it out easy enough. We got our first choice ...

souphermanMarch 5, 2014 3:49 PM

I hope so. As much as I loved the first Raid movie, it has a very simplistic plot redeemed by refreshingly original martial arts fight scenes. If the US version doesn't nail the action down by matching or exceeding (yes, exceeding) the original then there is zero point in me seeing this movie.

Rage72March 5, 2014 11:16 PM

I'm interested in seeing who will be the actors starring in this. I'm sure we'd all like to see the likes of Adkins, M Jai White, Statham, maybe even M Krump or Cung Le

Patrick KuhnMarch 6, 2014 2:20 AM

I also would like to see Scott Adkins in this one! Sound like this is going to be really good with that staff behind the remake :D

YatchabattaMarch 6, 2014 6:07 AM

Why not have the original mastermind behind the original, Evans, direct the U.S. version? I will never understand Hollyweird.

Todd BrownMarch 6, 2014 9:10 AM

He doesn't want to.

YatchabattaMarch 6, 2014 10:42 AM

Can you say why not? Is he ok with the remake or are the producers pushing for it or are the ones who decide it because they own the rights? If I was a director I would hate people remaking my stuff. Just watch what I did. Why is it not good enough?

Todd BrownMarch 6, 2014 11:51 AM

He's 100% okay with the film being remade, is himself the original producer / rights holder who has had to sign off on it, has been actively involved in the development, and will be involved as a producer on the remake. He just doesn't want to spend two years of his life making and promoting a movie that he's already made once. No interest in repeating himself. Plus he's got other English language projects set up at Universal and MRC, plus other stuff on the go in Indonesia, so it's not like he has a shortage of projects to be working on right now.

As to the 'good enough' question, it's the wrong question, frankly. Reality is that the US version is being made for a completely different audience than the original. The VAST majority of the US audience (as in comfortably over 98% of the total population) literally NEVER watches ANY movies with subtitles. Ever. Quality doesn't factor in. When you start going through Videoscan numbers of even the most well known and successful titles (things like Oldboy, Akira, etc) that ceiling becomes very clear.

Would it be nice if the audience for the original film also embraced the US version? Sure, absolutely. But it's not actually being made for them, they've already got their movie. And if you can leverage the success of that movie into something else that will plow money and resources back into the original company and more original projects, then you'd kind of be a fool not to ...

RawBeardMarch 6, 2014 6:58 PM

I am interested in seeing what an American version of this film will turn out like. I reckon Scott Adkins and Statham are good shouts. Would love to see Statham play Mad Dog

Silent RoccoMarch 14, 2014 10:47 AM

I hate that American ignorance towards foreign films... and it's a very strong hate.

rebel_scumMarch 16, 2014 1:24 PM

Oh fuck, that's such an original comment.