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Michael Bay, Gareth Evans and Patrick Hughes are working on a new version of The Raid

Welsh filmmaker Gareth Evans wrote, directed and edited 2011’s The Raid. It starred Iko Uwais and was a tremendous action thriller. 2014’s The Raid 2 was a decent sequel, but the original was a truly great movie.

Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city’s most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area’s most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area. In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again.

There has been talk of a remake over the past few years (and make sure you watch Dredd as that’s a similar tale), but now things are going ahead over at Netflix with Michael Bay and XYZ Films set to produce. Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard) will direct the new film and will co-write the script with James Beaufort. Evans will exec produce along with Range Media Partners, according to Deadline.

This new version is set in Philadelphia’s drug-infested “Badlands,” where an elite undercover DEA task force climbs a ladder of cartel informants to catch an elusive kingpin.

“We’re incredibly excited about Patrick’s unique vision for this film. It’s a distinctly original take on the material, which promises to pay great respect to the original film while also bringing a fresh approach and perspective that will set its own course in the action genre,” the producers said.

What would you like to see in a new version of The Raid and who should star in it?

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