If all goes as planned, the once defunct Hollywood remake of Indonesian action hit The Raid: Redemption will arise once again thanks to a prolific team.
Frank Grillo and Joe Carnahan, who recently formed their own production company, War Party, are set to bring the remake back to life after a failed attempt by Screen Gems. Grillo announced that War Party has gotten the rights to the remake by Screen Gems and will join forces with XYZ Films, who own the rights to the film.
When Screen Gems had the rights to the film, they had hired writer Brad Inglesby to create a version that would shy away from Gareth Evans‘ original film. However, Carnahan has re-written the script to make a more faithful adaptation of the film, which revolves around a SWAT team assigned to take down a criminal mastermind who hides out in an abandoned building, who in turn hires the squatters and fellow criminals to take out the SWAT team.
The original film has amazing action in the form of the martial art Pencak Silat, which its core cast were skilled experts in, and Grillo, who has been cast when Screen Gems had the rights, had trained in the style along with Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian for the sci-fi film Beyond Skyline. Grillo is also skilled in boxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so if he still involved in terms of casting, his skills can prove vital to the film.
More as this develops…