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Gareth Evans Moves Forward With Sequel To THE RAID! English-Language Remake Still In The Works!

Published at: Feb. 3, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

Beaks here...

Gareth Evans's THE RAID has yet to be released in the U.S., but Sony is impressed enough with the Indonesian apartment complex brawl-a-rama to commit to distributing a sequel while also continuing to develop an English-language remake.

 

(If you want to remain completely unspoiled for THE RAID, click away now!)

 

According to Variety, the larger-in-scope sequel will be called BERANDAL for the Indonesian market. THE RAID star Iko Uwais will return as the seemingly indestructable SWAT badass Rama. BERANDAL is actually based on an idea Evans began developing two years ago, and will hopefully be the second in a series of Rama adventures. Here's what Evans had to say on his blog (h/t Badass Digest):

In BERANDAL we plan to explore the criminal world and introduce more side characters while creating a franchise for IKO UWAIS, but not one in which his character stays the same throughout. Our plan is to show a growth in each film as experiences begin to shape and mutate his personality for better and for worse.

Meanwhile, Screen Gems is still working on an English-language remake of THE RAID, which will have a very hard time living up to the original's nonstop orgy of action. THE RAID is the kind of movie American filmmakers have never been able to pull off; it combines the breathtaking fight choreography of a classic Jackie Chan film with the wild gunplay of John Woo's best. And then there are knives. Holy hell, are there ever knives.

For additional info on Evans's plans for BERANDAL and more, check out this in-depth interview with Collider.

Sony Classics will release THE RAID in the U.S. on March 23rd. You will love it.

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  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    That's good news...

    by godoffireinhell

    ...but screw the remake.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    finally getting to see this at

    by regan

    the Dublin film festival with Gareth Evans in attendance in 2 weeks.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Who to play the lead?

    by Hipshot

    I asked that question before, and would love to have some votes on the American action star who would best fit a total balls-out martial arts movie. Votes please!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Wait! Jonah Hill lost weight and just got nominated. I say Jonah Hill.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    can..not...wait

    by gus

    This is gonna be a hell of a year for movie geeks

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    THE 2nd...

    by KHjLL

    I have a bunch of ideas for a sequel like I wrote I had writtign an outline with a similar theme years ago that would work... Yiou could make the sequel Different but keep the same action... Cant wait to see the original n the sequel and remake... Goiung to be a hellofalota FUN.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Need to see this NOW!

    by Boxcutter

    NOW, God damn it, NOW!!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Expendables 2 should be "R" rated!

    by Mr.Macphisto

    Thank is all.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    WHY REMAKE IT!?

    by Norman Colson

    If it's good in it's native country, leave it that way! You cannot always convert a foreign language movie into an americanized one and have it hit the same way. You cannot take ong bak 1,2,3 starring tony jaa and make ong bak the american version starring Ray Park?! It wont be the same... And i know the departed was a remake of the korean internal affairs, while that was good. I cannot imagine any other movie being on par at that level!

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    JUDGE DREDD

    by Red_Cloak

    Has no one noticed the new Judge Dredd movie is the same as The Raid?

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Holy hell, are there ever knives.

    by Turd Furgeson

    HAHAHAHA!!!! That just made me laugh really hard. I can't wait to see this!!!

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Cast for American Remake

    by troy

    it would be badass if they michael jai white and Gina Corano for the American version.

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