Those who are expecting Gareth Evans to make his return to the action franchise that catapulted him to international stardom will be disappointed.
Currently during promotions for his latest film, Apostle, Evans has confirmed that he will not make another installment of The Raid, despite having an original idea. The reason? Time and lack of interest. As he worked on other projects, he just lost the interest to do another film. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“The Raid 3 was… at one point it was on my radar. I had a full idea. I know what the storyline would have been. But I think enough time has passed now that I think I’m not likely to go back and revisit it. We had a lot of fun making those films, and I think we came to a nice, sort of natural conclusion with [The Raid 2]. And I think sometimes you can have a little bit too much of a good thing.”
“The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 were incredible for me, but I just didn’t want to be doing The Raids all the time. And the more time has gone on from that, the less interested I’ve been to go back there. What we did with The Raid 2, we kinda close that off nicely, so it didn’t really appeal to me to jump back into that world again.”
There had been plans for an English-language remake that would have brought Frank Grillo in with Joe Carnahan as director, but that has since cooled off as the duo are currently working on other films. As for the original Indonesian films, they made major stars out of both Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, who are at work on projects in both their native land and in Hollywood today.
As for Apostle, the film will premiere on Netflix on October 12.