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Simon Brew Feb 23, 2017
News broke last week that the planned Hollywood remake of Gareth Evans’ stunning action movie The Raid had a new director. Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) is taking the job on, and he’s being chatting to Collider about why he’s taking the film on, and how it’ll differ from the original. He was joined in the chat by Frank Grillo, who’s also involved in the project.
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So: why do a remake at all? Simple. In the words of Grillo, “many Americans, most Americans, have never seen The Raid before”. As Carnahan added, “among cinephiles, it’s a beloved film. But people in Des Moines, Iowa have not seen The Raid”.
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Lots of movement going on with Fox’s X-Men franchise this week. After hearing that Simon Kinberg may helm the next instalment in the main series, which will probably be titled Supernova, and learning that Deadpool 2 has drafted in a new writer, we’re now being told that the X-Force film has found itself a director and a pair of scribes.
ComicBook.com reports that Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team), who’s currently putting together a remake of The Raid that sounds pretty awesome, will get behind the camera for the upcoming superhero flick. Not only that, but he’ll write the movie alongside Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. Apparently, the actor wants X-Force to be an R-rated affair, much like his own superhero series, and Cable, who’s set to appear in Deadpool 2, will be featured in this project as well.
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- Mark Cassidy
Gareth Evans’ The Raid is one of the absolute best action movies out there, and the thought of remaking something already so great doesn't seem to make a lot of sense, but here we are. Word of a remake of The Raid popped up several years ago but the project was ultimately shelved, but just last week it was announced that The Raid was back in action with Joe Carnahan (The Grey) directing... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
After many years of false starts and a lot of creative people trying their hand at getting it done, Sony's Uncharted movie finally looks to be in good shape. Production is expected to start this summer now that the most recent draft of the script, which was written by The Grey director Joe Carnahan, is finished. Specific details on the movie have been a little sparse, but now the writer has opened up about his take on the popular video game and he didn't pull any punches. It looks like Uncharted is going to be an R-rated, full on crazy action movie.
Joe Carnahan recently spoke with Comingsoon about his script for Uncharted, which he reportedly finished last month. When talking about his approach, he revealed that the movie was definitely not written as a PG-13 version and that he wrote it the way he felt it needed to be done. »
The moment Frank Grillo and writer-director Joe Carnahan threw their support behind an English-language version of The Raid, Gareth Evans’ modern action classic, both parties were quick to stress that they’ve envisioned a “reimagining of the same scenario” as opposed to a by-the-numbers remake.
After getting the blessing of Evans himself – he’ll produce Grillo and Carnahan’s new take – The Raid is finally beginning to take strides toward production at Xyz Films, and Collider caught up with the creative duo recently to discuss the film’s budget, its setting and why a full-blown assault on a penthouse teeming with goons isn’t as original as you might think. After all, Joe Carnahan is the creative mind behind Smokin’ Aces, and the director will no doubt tap into that experience – not to mention his time spent behind the lens on The Grey and The A-Team – when crafting this new »
- Michael Briers
Louisa Mellor Feb 21, 2017
The brilliant Wolfblood returns to Cbbc on Monday the 27th of February. Here's the first full trailer for the new episodes...
Welcome back to Cbbc's terrific supernatural fantasy series Wolfblood; series five is very nearly upon us.
A new ten-episode run is due to start on Monday the 27th of February at 4:30pm with one episode airing per week. According to creator Debbie Moon's blog, start times will vary so it's worth checking the schedules from week to week.
Here's Moon's synopsis for the new series:
With the secret no longer a secret, the world has changed for Jana, Matei, Selina, Tj and Imara. Suddenly they’re the most visible wolfbloods on the planet, and everyone has »
When it was released in 2011, Gareth Evans' Indonesian film The Raid: Redemption set the bar almost impossibly high for modern action movies. Now, WarParty and Xyz Films are looking to recapture the original movie's martial arts magic with a reimagining of The Raid that will star Frank Grillo (The Purge: Election Year, The Grey), be written and directed by Joe Carnahan (The Grey), and be executive produced by Evans himself.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (February 15, 2017) – WarParty and Xyz films have announced that they will partner on the reimagining of the hit Indonesian action film The Raid, which Joe Carnahan will direct and write, and Frank Grillo will star. The film will be produced by WarParty and Xyz. Gareth Evans, the martial arts auteur who directed the original Raid film, will executive produce.
Premiering in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Indonesian martial-arts movie The Raid (also known »
- Derek Anderson
Gareth Evan’s 2011 Indonesian martial arts spectacle The Raid (and it’s sequel 3 years later) became an instant classic the moment of its release, the hard hitting action and fight scenes unlike anything audiences have seen before or since. Of course, it being such a hit soon saw Hollywood come calling. An english language remake was soon put into development, with The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes being tasked by Screen Gems to helm the project, which had attracted star Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Purge: Anarchy) and was courting Taylor Kitsch. But problems soon arose filling out the ensemble cast, and almost everyone involved left the project, effectively cancelling it. But now, the project has risen from the dead, with Xyz Films now financing it, and Grillo and director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) on board. The remake (which is being called »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The Raid is one of the best action movies of the last few years. It's a surprisingly complex story of police, drug lords, corruption, and an officer just trying to keep his head down and do right by his community. It also happens to feature some of the best action scenes you're ever going to see in a movie. It's utterly fantastic. There's only one catch with The Raid, though. It's not in English, it's Indonesian. That means it's a ripe candidate for a redo in Hollywood. A remake was actually announced back in 2014 with director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) and starring Taylor Kitsch. Obviously that version never happened, and we're quite glad it didn't, because now it means Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) can bring it to life...
- Peter Hall
Ever since The Raid first hit the U.S., Hollywood seems to been salivating at the prospect of adapting the flick for Western audiences. Interestingly enough, in 2012, Dredd hit theaters, and to many fans of The Raid, it was almost seen as a blatant ripoff of the Indonesian original. Of course, that’s a mere coincidence, since the films were actually released just a few months apart from one another.
Regardless, despite plenty of talk, and despite The Raid director Gareth Evans signing on as executive producer of the remake, nothing has really happened. It had a director in the form of Patrick Hughes set to helm the project, and we even got the likes of Frank Grillo and Taylor Kitsch on board to star in the picture, which was being described as being in the vein of Black Hawk Down and Zero Dark Thirty. The last real news we »
- Joseph Medina
Another extremely popular and successful action movie from a different country is getting a U.S. remake, four years after the release of Spike Lee’s unpopular and unsuccessful take on Oldboy. The latest film deemed worthy of a remake is The Raid: Redemption, Gareth Evans’ Indonesian martial arts film that came out here in 2012. According to Deadline, A-Team and The Grey’s Joe Carnahan is set to direct. Frank Grillo will star in the remake, replacing Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Iko Uwais as a Swat team member trapped in a tenement building who has to fight through waves of gangers to get to the top.
The Deadline story quotes Carnahan as saying that he’s “extremely excited” to work with Grillo and to direct this movie, and he’s hoping he’ll be able to do “something fresh and inventive with it.” Xyz Films, one of the »
- Sam Barsanti
Big news for all you Raid fans out there. It looks like the remake - scratch that - re-imagining of The Raid is actually moving ahead now. At the held will be The Grey's Joe Carnahan and taking the lead will be Captain America Winter Soldier's Frank Grillo. They made the announcement via a video on Caranhan's Instagram. See below. Then Caranhan took to his Twitter account to quell any fears that the devoted fans of the Raid franchise may have about this re-imagining. [https://twitter.com/carnojoe/status/831941962844434432] [https://twitter.com/carnojoe/status/831940106298617856] [https://twitter.com/carnojoe/status/831936321358663680] You may commence with the gnashing of teeth, unfounded speculation, unbridled excitement and/or dubious speculation after the video! ...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Remakes are a very common thing in Hollywood. Often times, a foreign movie will introduce a great concept but not manage to be able to find their way to American audiences. So, a filmmaker or filmmakers will get inspired to retell the story or revisit the concepts in the hopes of bringing the movie to a larger audience. Director Joe Carnahan has now officially confirmed that he is going to attempt this with The Raid and will be directing a "reimagining" of the beloved action flick with Frank Grillo attached to star.
A remake of The Raid has been in the works for quite some time now, but Joe Carnahan, who is known for directing movies like The Grey and the upcoming Bad Boys 3 is now in place as a very important piece of the puzzle. He has worked with Frank Grillo in the past on The Grey and the upcoming action flick Wheelman. »
The remake will be produced by Xyz Films, the same company that made the first Raid, as well as executive produced by original direct Gareth Evans. Xyz made the announcement over their Twitter page with a video in which Grillo said it would not be so much a remake, but a “reimagining”.
Big News Wednesday #TheRaid @carnojoe #FrankGrillo pic.twitter.com/ALhgZWgafq
— Xyz Films (@XYZFilms) February 15, 2017
The Raid sees an elite DEA Fast team get trapped in a tenement run his a drug lord and his gang the size of a small militia along with two killers skilled in martial arts. The team must find a way to escape the building and fight to survive.
Its not »
- Ricky Church
Simon Brew Feb 16, 2017
Sitting in front of a Guys And Dolls poster, director Joe Carnahan and star Frank Grillo have just confirmed via Instagram that they’re now working on the American remake of Gareth Evans’ stunning action movie, The Raid.
If you’ve seen The Raid, you don’t need us to tell you that it’s some bar that Carnahan has set himself here. Perhaps with that in mind, he’s already confirmed that the new The Raid will be a “reimagining”, and that rather than remake the movie straight out, he’s going to put together a film that’s tonally a bit closer to his earlier films, Narc and The Grey. Both fine films.
Gareth Evans is involved too, »
Six years on from the moment Screen Gems optioned rights for an English-language version of The Raid, and the project has officially been brought back from the brink by Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo – just don’t call it a remake.
Instead, Carnahan and Grillo, who has become something of a revamped Hollywood action star thanks to The Purge franchise, are angling their new interpretation as more of a “reimagining of the same scenario.” That scenario being a water-tight thriller involving a Swat team staging a raid on a high-rise apartment block teeming with gangsters and blood-thirsty crooks. And if you’re worrying that the English-language redo of The Raid will tarnish the legacy of Gareth Evans’ cult original, don’t; not only is the Welsh filmmaker on board to produce, but Joe Carnahan took to Twitter to allay fears that the end product will be a forgettable, largely unnecessary experience. »
- Michael Briers
If, like any reasonable moviegoer, you thought that Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” was totally rad, here’s some good news: He and Frank Grillo have just announced a remake of “The Raid.” Or, in their words, “a reimagining” of Gareth Evans’ popular action film, which has already spawned one sequel and has another in development. Carnahan announced the news in a brief Instagram post featuring him and Grillo.
“Caracas, Venezuela’s pretty dangerous,” Carnahan says at the beginning of the brief video, “and I wouldn’t go in with this many guys.” Grillo, whose action bona fides have also been displayed in the last two “Captain America” and “The Purge” movies, agrees: “You wouldn’t, right? Maybe six guys…the fighting would have to be something no one’s ever seen,” the actor says, musing on the prospect of their film. »
- Michael Nordine
“It is difficult to understate the sheer intensity with which The Raid: Redemption hits. Jaw-dropping not in scale but in its frenetic choreography, Gareth Evans crafts an action picture that brought the fighting style of silat to the big screen, and simultaneously put Indonesian action cinema on the map,” we noted, recently naming it one of the 50 greatest action films of the 21st century so far. Before the film even landed in U.S. theaters, a deal for a Hollywood remake was made by Sony/Screen Gems and producers of the original, Xyz Films. However, after six years of development here and there, nothing materialized.
It’s now moving forward with a new director as Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces) has revealed he’ll be helming and producing the remake, with the “full blessing” from Evans, who will also produce. Frank Grillo, who worked with Carnahan on The Grey, is still on board to star, »
- Leonard Pearce
Rob Leane Feb 10, 2017
Since the internet erupted with praise concerning Adi Shankar's Power/Rangers short, rumours have persisted that the producer will eventually enter Saban's mighty morphin' fold officially.
Speaking to Polygon, Shankar has now revealed exactly how he wants to make that happen. He's working on scripts for an R-rated animated "retelling of the first three seasons" of Power Rangers, which will, in his words, be "really fucking dark."
Reiterating the point, Shankar promised that his vision is "Darker than any other Power Rangers series."
However, don't get your hopes up just yet, as Shankar still »
Barely 24 hours have passed since Netflix quietly confirmed development on a Castlevania animated series and already, ardent fans of the video game classic are reeling with excitement.
Pitched as a “dark, satirical” adventure comprised of four 30-minute episodes, Netflix’s original series follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan who wages war against the infamous Vlad Dracula Tepe. Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse has been earmarked for creative inspiration, while we understand Frederator Studios (Adventure Time) will handle animation. Remaining behind the scenes for the time being, author Warren Ellis (Moon Knight) is the brains behind the screenplay for Castlevania‘s inaugural season – producer Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey) claims Ellis has already drafted up plans for season 2 – with Kevin Kolde and Fred Seibert lending producing support.
To add more context to Netflix’s recent announcement, Adi Shankar took to Facebook yesterday evening, where the producer compared »
- Michael Briers
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