With “The Raid 2: Berandal” out in cinemas and scoring rave reviews attention is now turning towards what’s next for the franchise. Specifically Screen Gems’ U.S. remake of the first film.
Currently finishing up “The Expendables 3,” filmmaker Patrick Hughes is slated to tackle said remake and spoke with Coming Soon about what the plans are for the remake and how it will differ from the original:
“We have a really, really interesting take on that film. One thing, obviously the original just blew my mind…. The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, and there’s so much you can do with that.
So our take on it is really interesting and I feel like if anything what I want to do is elevate the emotional aspect of it, and I think those are my favorite action films of all time when you can balance the action and the emotion.”
Hughes then went into surprising detail about how they plan to “Americanise” the film’s premise:
“Certainly, we’re not there to recreate that film beat for beat, with the set up we’re following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned.
So they set up a DEA task team that’s six units and they work across borders and sort of act like Navy SEALS. You never read about it, you never hear about it, but they go on these missions.
So that’s a really interesting take and a really nice premise and also what’s interesting on this take on it is the clash of cultures and the clash of martial arts, the fighting styles, which is something that’s going to be a lot of fun when we’ve really started pre-vizzing stuff.”
Brad Ingelsby (“Out of the Furnace”) is the last writer attributed to be working on the script.