In 2011, a film came out known as The Raid: Redemption. I had personally not seen it, but eventually was bombarded by friends and watched it. It was an amazingly violent film. In my opinion, it redefined martial arts film. With no doubt, one of my all-time favorite martial arts films. And today, I have great news to report…
Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) will be a directing a re-imagining of The Raid featuring Frank Grillo (Captain America series).
This was announced via Carnahan’s Twitter page, where he not only stated that the film series’ original director, Gareth Evans, had given him his blessing and would serve as an executive producer on this film.
For those of you who are completely unaware of the film, here is the plot via Sony Pictures Classics:
“As a rookie member of an elite special-forces team, Rama (Iko Uwais) is instructed to hang back during a covert mission involving the extraction of a brutal crime lord from a rundown fifteen-story apartment block. But when a spotter blows their cover, boss Tama (Ray Sahetaphy) offers lifelong sanctuary to every killer, gangster and thief in the building in exchange for their heads. Now Rama must stand in for the team’s fallen leader Jaka (Joe Taslim) and use every bit of his fighting strength – winding through every floor and room to complete the mission and escape with his life.”
There is no indication on when the film will start filming or even when it will be released. Hopefully, we can expect some of Carnahan’s regulars (Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, James Badge Dale, etc.) to possibly take on roles in the film. Carnahan has such an intensity with his films, I know he is a great choice for this film.
In 2015, director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) was at attached to the project with Screen Gems and was going to cast Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor) as his lead. But discussions came at a stand still and both left the project.
Carnahan was recently announced as the director for the highly-awaited sequel, Bad Boys for Life, reuniting Will Smith & Martin Lawrence as Miami detectives Mike Lowery & Marcus Burnett, which is set for release on November 9th, 2018.
He has also finished writing screenplays for some awesome upcoming films. Eli Roth’s remake of Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis, set for release later this year and the much-anticipated adaption of the popular video game, Uncharted, directed by Shawn Levy and set to be released in 2018.
Grillo will next be seen in Netflix’s upcoming action thriller, Wheelman. He is also gearing up for Season 3 of DirecTV’s mixed martial arts drama series, Kingdom.