Gareth Evans On “Raid 3,” “Deathstroke”

With his Netflix film “Apostle” soon upon us, filmmaker Gareth Evans has been doing some press rounds and touched upon both an old and a more recent project he was linked to.

First up, the “Deathstroke” movie based on the DC Comics character and starring Joe Manganiello reprising the role he played in the “Justice League” post-credits scene. Speaking with Comicbook.com, Evans says that chances of a “Deathstroke” movie are highly unlikely at this point:

“I had a phone call which I think was publicized a bit, about ‘Deathstroke’ with DC. We talked about that before, we had a few conversations. One of the guys at DC and at Warner Brothers, one with Joe, who has been on the character for some time now, who is super passionate about that character, by the way. I’ve never met anyone who knows more about their character. I was feeling my way around it and did a bit of research and read a couple of those comic books. I started to dig into the origin stories.

Nothing really went beyond those conversations. I haven’t heard anything for a really long time. To be honest, every time I see an article written I keep wanting to ask, ‘Okay, what is it you guys know that I don’t know?’ Because I haven’t heard anything for a good while yet. So I don’t know if that will ever come back full circle at some point. But I know I haven’t had any conversation about that project for a long time now.”

Then there’s “The Raid 3,” a follow-up to the two celebrated Indonesian action films Evans directed before “Apostle”. We heard from Evans the other week that there was no chance of the project starting up again as he feels the time for it has passed. This week, speaking with JoBlo, Evans revealed what his original plan for the film was before he decided to give it up:

“I knew what I wanted to do with The Raid 3, I knew what that story was going to be. If I was ever going to make it, it really had to have happened after we made The Raid 2. The storyline was going to pick up – I’ll give you a little bit of it – if you were watching The Raid 2 and rewound from the ending about 15-20 minutes back to when Goto gives instructions to his right-hand man to go kill the police, kill the politicians, ;kill everyone that we work with, we’re going to start fresh,’ that was going to be the first scene of The Raid 3.

It was going to be more about the yakuza than it was going to be about Rama; Rama was not really going to feature in that storyline much at all, it was going to be about the bosses in Japan realizing that someone in Jakarta that represented them started to fuck with the politicians and the police in a country they don’t belong in. It was going to be the fallout from that.

It was going to be a 95 minutes, 100 minutes, sort of… escape into the jungles of Indonesia type of thing. But it really needed to be made at that period of time. Four years, five years later to go back and try to recreate that, it felt a bit disingenuous. I made three martial arts films in a row, I wanted to explore other things first. It was always a cool idea, but it stopped being really special for me. The Raid, it gave me an awful lot that I’m very appreciative about, but that adventure is kind of over now.”

“Apostle” is currently slated to hit the streaming service on October 12th.