Joe Carnahan to Helm ‘The Raid’ Remake Starring Frank Grillo
After being dormant for a few years, The Raid remake is no longer dead. Actor Frank Grillo and director Joe Carnahan announced they are boarding their version of Gareth Evans’ Indonesian action sensation for Hollywood.
The original production company, XYZ Films, dropped a teaser video online today showing Carnahan alongside Grillo watching The Raid and discussing a potential adaptation. Check it out below.
— XYZ Films (@XYZFilms) February 15, 2017
So the film will be a “reimagining” set in Caracas, Venezuela with a different style of fighting. That is fine, but let’s see if this actually gets made. Back in 2014, it was announced that Patrick Hughes would helm the remake with Taylor Kitsch in the leading role and Brad Ingelsby writing the script.
As in 2014, the English-language remake will be made by XYZ Films. Carnahan tweeted that Evans will produce the project, which he stated “will hew closer in tone & feel to THE GREY and NARC.” This could be cool. It’s not known who will be writing the script yet, although Carnahan will likely work on it.
The Raid tells the story of an elite DEA FAST team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord, his two highly-violent martial arts killers, and a personal militia armed with machetes and machine guns. Stranded on the 6th floor with no way out, the team must fight their way through the city’s worst to survive their mission.