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Joe Carnahan is directing Frank Grillo in The Raid remake


There has been talk of a remake of Gareth Evans’s excellent action thriller for a while. Now it appears things are moving forward.

XYZ Films posted the video below that shows Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Aces, The Grey) is on board to direct and Frank Grillo (The Grey, Captain Americ: The Winter Soldier) is going to star.

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.

While The Raid is pretty damn perfect for an action movie, I am curious to see what Carnahan does with it. In the video it sounds like he plans on stripping it back even more than the original.

I am never bothered about a good film getting a remake. However, we do have the original and Dredd (whose script was finished before The Raid’s was), plus a bit of Punisher: War Zone did the same, so do we need another fighting your way up a tower block action movie? Could they alter the set up of The Raid and still have it stay true to the spirit of the film?

How do you feel about Carnahan and Grillo being involved in the remake?

Thanks to ComingSoon for spotting it.

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