Raid Remake Delayed By Casting Issues

One project we’ve not heard much about lately is that of the remake of the 2011 Indonesian martial arts action thriller “The Raid”. Acclaimed by critics, the project was picked up and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics who were also developing an English language remake for their Screen Gems arm.

At last report Patrick Hughes was set to direct and both Frank Grillo and Taylor Kitsch were attached to star. Speaking at the Television Critics Association on behalf of his DirecTV original series “Kingdom” on Sunday, Grillo revealed to Slashfilm that the project seems to have stalled due to casting issues:

“The Raid was a go movie and there was one character, the critical character, that they were just not happy with. There’s not a lot of 30-something guys out there that… there’s a lot of training, a lot of martial arts training.

They weren’t going to remake The Raid, which is a beloved film, if they couldn’t find a guy who could find the physical stuff and they hadn’t been able to do that. So I think we’re going to come back around after I’m done with the second 10 [episodes of Kingdom]. We’re going to come back around to that.

He did confirm that Kitsch was offered the role he was talking about and officially passed, but “they came kind of close… then he took True Detective.” Grillo also talked about his time in Atlanta filming his role as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones:

“It’s a lot of physical stuff, without giving too much away, but there is a little bit of everything. It’s a big movie. There’s a lot of characters in the film so it’ll be interesting to see what it looks like all cut together. There’s so many people in the movie.”