Filmmaker Joe Carnahan has been working on a remake of Gareth Evans’ iconic 2011 Indonesian action thriller “The Raid” for a while now, but there’s been little movement on the project since he was linked back in early 2017.
This week, whilst out doing promotions for the film “El Chicano” which he co-wrote and produced, the “Smokin’ Aces” and “The Grey” director revealed that he’s aiming to start prepping the project in the next few weeks which suggests filming this Summer.
Frank Grillo is slated to star in the project and Carnahan explains to Collider how his version will differ from the original including a different state of mind for its leading man:
“You meet Frank’s character having just rotated back from a really, really, brutal special forces operation. He’s got soft tissue damage in his hands, and his rotator cuff is blown out, and they take fluid off his knees, and the doctors basically tell him, ‘Listen you’re at the razor’s edge of PTSD and you need three months of just nothing, some R&R, because you’re jacked up.’
And in that space he gets the message that his brother, who he thought had been dead for four years, is actually alive and working for a very bad guy in Caracas, and in 18 hours they’re gonna kill his brother. These forces are gonna descend and murder the bad guy and murder the brother, so do you wanna go and get your brother, who you thought is dead? Do you want that opportunity? So that’s where we start.”
Carnahan also says the aim with the action isn’t to beat the original’s elaborate fight choreography, it’s to add intensity and emotion to it, offer up real stakes, suspense and pathos. The project presently does not have a potential release date.