Remake of The Raid greenlit by Netflix

Patrick Hughes and Transformers' Michael Bay will share directing duties.

A “reimagining” of the Indonesian action thriller The Raid is in development at Netflix.

This new film will be co-directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Patrick Hughes and Michael Bay, his second project for the streamer following the explosive 2019 crime-caper 6 Underground.  

Original writer and director Gareth Evans is onboard as an executive producer and Hughes will also join together with James Beaufort to write the script. 

Released back in 2011, The Raid follows an elite Indonesian SWAT team as they infiltrate a huge tower block in the slums of Jakarta to arrest a ruthless crime lord. 

Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim, Ray Sahetapy, Yayan Ruhian, Donny Alamsyah, Iang Darmawan, Pierre Gruno, Tegar Satrya, Eka Rahmadia and Alfridus Godfred all star.

The new version will see the action transported to an area in the US city of Philadelphia known as The Badlands, where a DEA task force must battle their way through a building of cartel thugs to reach a notorious drug kingpin.  

No actors are currently attached to star but previous attempts to get an English-language off the ground have seen names such as Frank Grillo and Chris Hemsworth floated around. 

The Raid premiered at the Toronto Film Festival where critics quickly heaped praise upon its cinematography and slick, well-crafted action sequences. 

A sequel, simply titled The Raid 2, also directed by Evans followed in 2014 to similar acclaim. 

Source: Collider

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