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Martial arts film fans received great news today as Deadline reported that the art-house distributor Sony Pictures Classics, the specialty outfit behind the Indie Spirit-nominated Take Shelter and David Cronenberg’s latest, A Dangerous Method, acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Indonesian fight epic The Raid as part of an original deal made by Sony Pictures Worldwide at Cannes. Writer/director Gareth Huw Evans’ movie premiered in front of enthusiastic Midnight Madness fans at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival who went crazy for the film’s Indonesian fighting style of silat by the action lead Iko Uwais. »
Screen Gems has acquired the remake rights for the Indonesian action movie "The Raid," The studio announced Wednesday. The original film centers on an elite Swat team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord. To escape, the men have to battle martial arts-trained killers and a militia armed with machetes and machine guns. The movie was well-received at this year's Toronto Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up U.S. distribution rights to the original Indonesian film during the Cannes Film Festival. The »
- Brent Lang
You want big things to happen to your little movie? The secret seems to be to get it in as an entry to Tiff’s Midnight Madness program. The good news just keeps rolling in for films that played at midnight at this year’s festival. First up for a Hollywood remake was director Gareth Evans’s Indonesian Swat team movie The Raid, which was very nearly just one non-stop action sequence. Then there was news that Adam Wingard’s home invasion horror flick You’re Next was being purchased by Lionsgate and set up for a wide release. And now Midnight Madness hits the hat trick, as THR reports that director Frédéric Jardin’s French thriller Sleepless Night is next in line for an English language remake. Sleepless Night is the story of a dad, a drug deal, dirty cops, a stabbing, a kidnapped son, a big bag of cocaine, and »
- Nathan Adams
Near the end of tiff I got to sit down with the triumphant trio behind one of this year's most talked about films The Raid. That little Indonesian action martial arts film we might have mentioned from time to time here on our hallowed pages. First I sat down with Joe Taslim [left] and Iko Uwais [right] then with Gareth Huw Evans [center]. All in all we've got about 2 1/2 hours of conversation recorded. Surely we cannot share all of that with you in one sitting so we're going to broadcast it on our affiliate podcast The Night Crew when the new season launches in October. For now I've transcribed around the first 20-25 minutes for you and you'll find that after the break. »
Well, that was fast (again). Just a few days ago we shared the news that The Raid, Gareth Evans‘ Indonesian action hit and Midnight Madness audience award winner of Toronto, was picked up for a Us remake. Now, less than a week after Tiff has concluded, another Midnight Madness hit has got the same treatment.
THR reports that Warner Bros. has just acquired the remake rights for Frederic Jardin‘s Sleepless Night. They’ve set The Departed and The Ring producer Roy Lee, who has Abduction coming out this week, to oversee the project. Night was one of my favorite films of Tiff; a tense, thrilling film that can best be described as a cross between Die Hard and Taken. I encourage you to check out my review and video reaction here and synopsis below.
The movie centers on an undercover cop trying to get back his kidnapped son from a drug-dealing nightclub owner. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Celeb Sightings On the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival, the biggest celebrities are the filmmakers (and we don't mean George Clooney and Madonna). Gareth Evans, right, directed action thriller The Raid, which won the People's Choice Award for the Midnight Madness section, and seems very happy about it. (See a link to Christopher Campbell's review of the movie, which generated a tremendous amount of buzz, below.) The winner of the People's Choice Award (overall) was the Lebanese film Where Do We Go Now?, directed by and starring Nadine Labaki, who was traveling in Europe when she heard the news. Last year, The King's Speech won the award, on its way to multiple Academy Awards, so this could be the start of good...
- Peter Martin
Perhaps the biggest buzz coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival came from its even-better-than-usual crop of late night genre films that form their Midnight Madness program. The Midnight Madness film that kicked off this year’s slate of genre weirdness and won the Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award was Gareth Evans‘s action extravaganza, The Raid, which has already been picked up for a Hollywood remake. That’s not all that’s been going on, though, the good news keeps on coming for the Midnight Madness films, as one of Deadline Mackville’s annoying “Toldja!” reports is saying that director Adam Wingard’s horror film You’re Next is coming out of the other end of a studio bidding war as the property of Lionsgate. You’re Next is one of those “couple gets trapped in a cabin and has to fight off invading murderers” horror movies, and »
- Nathan Adams
Well, that didn’t take long… Gareth Evans’ The Raid was the talk of the town at the Toronto International Film Festival – and now Hollywood is champing at the bit to remake the Indonesian action flick before most American audiences even have the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about… The film, which tells the tale of a Swat team trapped inside a tenement building run by a ruthless mobster hellbent on killing them, was acquired for distribution by Sony Pictures Worldwide. This has paved the way for Screen Gems, a company also under the Sony umbrella, to swoop in and attempt to grab the remake rights. Part of Sony Worldwide’s deal called for the company to have first crack at remaking the film for the American market. The title...
- Mike Bracken
It's a great irony: genre films tend to be the first movies that get picked up for remakes after festival success, but they're also the films that tend to earn a fanbase that is particularly vocal in opposition to remakes. One of the big successes of the Midnight Madness genre program at Tiff this year was Indonesian film, The Raid, directed by Gareth Evans. The film is about a Swat team that raids a mob den in a tenement building; the team is trapped and has to fight its way through, or out. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought North American distro rights for the film during Cannes this year, and now the remake rights have gone to Screen Gems. Pete loved The Raid at Tiff , calling it "the best kick-ass action movie I've seen in years," going on to explain, This cleverly contained set-up allows from some really inventive set pieces, »
- Russ Fischer
The 2011 edition of the most insane and disturbing film festival imaginable, Fantastic Fest, begins on Thursday. For a week straight some of the most violent, disgusting and frightening films from across the world will descend on the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, Texas and while we've already told you what films we're most excited for , there's only one man who knows about them all: Tim League. League is not only the CEO of the Drafthouse, he's the co-creator of Fantastic Fest and its Creative Director, meaning almost every film and event that's schedule has to go through his unique filter. After the jump is our interview with League in which he discusses some of this year's wild parties, five films he think we'll all be talking about after the festival, why Universal's The Thing and Toronto Midnight Madness winner The Raid (most likely) won't be screening, his frightening fight »
- Germain Lussier
Well that didn't take long. Just days after Gareth Evans' bone-crunching Indonesian action film The Raid took the Toronto International Film Festival by storm and won the Midnight Madness audience award, a U.S. remake of the film is already being planned. According to Heat Vision, Sony Screen Gems are in negotiations to pick up the remake rights to the film, facilitated by the fact that Sony Pictures owns the North American distribution rights to the original. Although Evans himself was offered the chance to direct the remake, he has opted out, choosing instead to focus on a sequel. The plot of The Raid revolves around a Swat team that infiltrates an apartment building run by a local mobster, eventually becoming trapped and surrounded by hordes of vicious killers. However, it is clearly not the plot that makes the movie special, but rather the choreography, stunts and the Indonesian »
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions already picked up North American distribution rights to the original earlier this year, and ahead of its Midnight Madness audience award win in Toronto on the weekend
The story follows a Swat team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster. They not only have to face off against two highly violent martial arts killers and an army of well armed thugs.
Unlike some other remakes, original director Evans is Not coming back to helm this - instead he's focused on making a sequel to the original which would shoot in February. »
- Garth Franklin
Indonesian action film "The Raid" just won the audience award at Tiff's Midnight Madness and is already being pursued by Screen Gems to acquire the remake rights to it. Screen Gems is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures, which picked up North American distribution rights to the film at the Cannes Film Festival. That deal made it easier to negotiate for remake rights. "The Raid" tells the story of a Swat team that becomes trapped in an apartment building run by a ruthless mobster, armed with two highly violent martial arts killers and an army of machete-swinging, machine gun-toting dealers and thugs. Screen Gems is hoping to bring back "The Raid" writer/director Gareth Evans for the remake, but Evans will instead focus on making a sequel that he hopes to begin filming in February. Check out a restricted trailer for "The Raid" here. »
Sony Pictures has already secured worldwide distribution rights to The Raid after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Screen Gems is a division of Sony Pictures, which had a right of refusal for a remake with Xyz Films, which produced The Raid.
Screen Gems hopes to land a director for this remake in the near future. However, the fighting style dubbed "silat," which makes The Raid so unique, was infused into the original by Gareth Evans. The attempt to duplicate this style could pose as quite a challenge for the remake. »
It’s not even a year yet and there may be a remake on the horizon for “The Raid.” Screen Gems is in negotiations for a remake of the Indonesian action film “The Raid” after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness late-night screening. The film won the Midnight Madness audience award at Tiff and received immediate word-of-mouth buzz. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a remake is possible after Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up the North American distribution rights during the previous Cannes Film Festival. The deal allowed Sony to have an exclusive negotiating period and right of refusal on the remake of the film. The story is about a police Swat team that tried to arrest a mobster in a low-income apartment building. However, the police ended up facing violent goons who wield machetes and shoot machine guns. The biggest buzz from the film »
Dang. Hollywood don’t mess around, son. Get this: a remake of Gareth Evans’ badass Indonesian action movie “The Raid” (trailer below for the uninitiated) is already in the planning stages, with Screen Gems currently in negotiations to land the film’s Hollywood remake rights. The film, about a Swat team (led by Iko Uwais, who also starred in Evans’ “Merantau”) trapped inside a rundown building with the ruthless gangsters and machete-wielding killers they were there to arrest in the first place, has been wowing everyone who has laid eyes on it. While Screen Gems won’t have any problems landing the remake rights, they’ll need to find themselves a director, because Evans has already declared that he won’t be back to direct the remake. Instead, Evans is already prepping a sequel to “The Raid”, which is scheduled to shoot in January of next year. “The Raid”, like »
The Indonesian action movie The Raid was a big hit at the Toronto International Film Festival, and writer/director Gareth Evans has the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award to prove it. You can sample the crazy action in the trailer, and see why Sony Pictures Worldwide picked up the North American distribution rights months ago. Despite the universal appeal of Swat teams and martial arts, The Raid still has one major commercial hindrance: it's pretty Indonesian. Now that The Raid is in the Sony family, the logical move is for sister label Screen Gems to pursue a remake. The Americanization process will be interesting, and perhaps doomed---the original relies on the Indonesian martial art silat to flavor the action. It will be difficult to return the lightning to the bottle, especially since Evans has preemptively declined the job to focus on a shooting a sequel next February. It is »
- Brendan Bettinger
The Raid was a huge hit when it premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival as part of its Midnight Madness; are you surprised that a remake is moving along? As THR tells us, Screen Gems is currently negotiating the rights to a new version of Gareth Evans‘ Indonesian action thriller, “a move made possible” thanks to it being distributed by fellow Sony subsidiary, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
A big concern is the action — a.k.a. the main point of praise — which could easily be diluted when taking things to American multiplexes. Screen Gems might not screw it up, as they’re apparently aware that “the unique fighting style is one of the movie’s strengths”; we’ll see how it gets translated. They’re planning to get a director in place soon, but Evans decided not to be that man. Instead, he’s planning a sequel »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
It just won the Tiff Midnight Madness Audience Award, is coming out of the fest with some huge buzz, so what do you do next? Fire up a remake, of course! I heard rumors about this during the festival, but now its confirmed, as Heat Vision is reporting that Gareth Evans' Indonesian action movie The Raid is getting a remake from Screen Gems. Sony Pictures acquired the film in Cannes, which means it's likely the deal came with remake rights as well, on top of changes like adding a new score from Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. These kind of remakes are inevitable, I've heard other Tiff midnight faves are already going that way, too. The Raid is quite hot in Hollywood at the moment, based on all the Tiff buzz (I called it "One of the Best Action Movies in Years"), plus that it's about to explode even »
- Alex Billington
Exclusive: While buyers were a little lukewarm about a lot of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival fare, there was much buzz about The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award. The distribution rights to that movie are already controlled by Sony, so the action on the film consisted of studios vying for remake rights and agents and managers trying to sign Evans, the Welsh filmmaker who lives and makes his movies in Indonesia. Evans has signed with Management 360, and it will be that company that takes Evans around to meet studios that have been screening his movie over the past week. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group smartly bought most distribution rights (Alliance has Canadian rights and Momentum has U.K.) based on partial footage in Cannes, and that gives the studio the inside track on the remake rights that are controlled by the »
- MIKE FLEMING
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