Joe Carnahan to Direct The Raid Remake


Before The Raid: Redemption even hit theatres in North America, Sony had already begun developing a U.S. remake of the heavily hyped Indonesian action film. At the time, it seemed unlikely that a Hollywood version could come close to the level of insanity on display in the original, but Screen Gems eventually hired Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) to direct and Taylor Kitsch and Frank Grillo to star. A year later, both Hughes and Kitsch dropped out, leaving the project in limbo. Now this week we are hearing that the remake isn’t dead, however, after XYZ Films made a surprise announcement via Twitter: Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) has come on board to direct. Carnahan himself also had this to say about the project:

Grillo co-starred in The Grey, so it makes sense that they are referencing it here. But does this mean there will be more gunplay and less martial arts? One of the reasons that the movie was delayed in the first place is supposedly because they didn’t think Taylor Kitsch could handle all of the physical stuff. It is unclear if they have another lead actor in mind who already has some martial arts training. Either way, Joe Carnahan will first be directing Bad Boys for Life starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Will you be keeping an open mind about this upcoming remake of The Raid?

  • Lori Cerny

    Nope, no open mind here. Sounds like absolute shite and that they have no idea what they’re doing or how to capture the energy, frenzy, and skill of the original.

  • Tweet 1: The remake will be closer in tone…
    Tweet 2: It’s not a remake.
    Tweet 3: You can’t remake it, so why are we doing it?

    He’s really got a handle on this thing, I can tell. As much as I love The Grey, I don’t need this.

    Would they have an American cast doing martial arts or a Western fight style? How much of what makes The Raid great can you take out before it stops being The Raid?

  • Jameson

    Can’t wait to skip this movie.