A week ago came the news that “The Grey” helmer Joe Carnahan and actor Frank Grillo were set to re-team for a ‘re-imagining’ of the Indonesian action epic “The Raid”.
At the time, it was revealed it would be set in Caracas, Venezuela with the fighting to offer “something no one’s ever seen” along with fewer antagonists. Original “The Raid” director Gareth Evans will produce the film alongside Carnahan.
Carnahan promised to reveal more shortly, and now he and Grillo have done so whilst speaking to Collider. Carnahan says the main reason for the remake is that “most people beyond cinephiles have not seen the original movie”.
He’s writing the screenplay on spec with no studio funding, and both he and Grillo are taking no money upfront to make this project – so the film has to be a success for them to get paid.
Right now the plan is for the budget to be under $20 million and while there is no planned start date as the script is still being worked on, Carnahan wants to make the movie ‘as soon as possible.’
The story will focus on physically damaged special forces operation guys, and the relationship between the two brothers at the center of the movie will go deeper than the original.
One big difference will be the fighting. Like “John Wick,” the original “The Raid” films involve highly choreographed and stylized action – fight scenes almost akin to elaborate dances. This will not be that, instead the action will be so brutal and violent as to be very uncomfortable, and basically cites the “knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan” as his model in terms of tone across the whole film.
The original film’s star Iko Uwais could appear, the actor having already reached out and asked about a potential role.