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Sorry Fans, 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Says He's Not Sure He Could Deliver A PG-13 Superhero Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 10:16 AM
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As equally exciting for comic book fans as speculating about what new turn the next Marvel movie (or three) will take, is imagining what would happen if a beloved cult director took the helm of a franchise. But those kind of filmmakers aren't always interested. "Attack the Block" helmer Joe Cornish famously turned down what eventually became "A Good Day to Die Hard," and Neill Blomkamp has stated his reservations about tackling franchise movies. And now you can add another director to those who aren't eager to leap into those waters.

Review: Horror Anthology Sequel 'V/H/S/ 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2013 6:57 PM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

'The Raid: Redemption' Sequel 'Berandal' Will Start 2 Hours After The Last Scene Of The First Movie

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 3, 2013 10:21 AM
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Riding high on a wave of buzz and hype, early last year Sony Pictures Classics not only picked up the distribution rights for Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” but also planned for the future by retitling the action film “The Raid: Redemption” for North American audiences to pave the way for a planned trilogy, preemptively buying the rights to the first sequel "Berandal." Yesterday the filmmaker took to Twitter (via MTV) to tease more details about what's in store for the followup, and it looks like our hero Rama (Iko Uwais) won't have much time to rest.

Gareth Evans, 'Blair Witch' Co-Director Eduardo Sanchez & More Press Play For 'V/H/S 2'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 31, 2012 5:43 PM
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In case you didn’t realize from the copious amounts of pictures of costumed people popping up in your Facebook newsfeed, it’s Halloween, and what better day for a genre production to announce itself than on All Hallows Eve? If you were one of the many to find that horror anthology “V/H/S” breathed new life into the found-footage genre at Sundance, in its limited theatrical run or on VOD (where it still is playing for those looking for a little H’ween fun tonight), this news may pique your interest.

Denzel Washington Is Your New 'Equalizer,' Movie Shoots Spring 2013

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 24, 2012 12:41 PM
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After a short, but well-deserved break between 2010’s “Unstoppable” and this past February’s “Safe House,” actor Denzel Washington is back with the force you’d expect from a man who once yelled King Kong “ain’t having sh*t on me” during a heated exchange in “Training Day.” Anyways, he has the Robert Zemeckis-directed drama “Flight” set to land this November, he’s currently shooting the action picture “2 Guns” alongside Mark Wahlberg, and we just had word he could star alongside Will Smith in “Anchorman” director Adam McKay’s remake of “Uptown Saturday Night." And now we have further info on a long-developing project with Washington attached.

'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Lines Up English Language Debut To Shoot In 2013 After 'Berandal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 1:23 PM
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Media Rights Capital have emerged as one of the most interesting production companies of the last few years (that is, outside of Annapurna Pictures). Aligning themselves with unique directors and riskier projects, the company has been behind a diverse slate including "Bruno," "The Adjustment Bureau," Seth MacFarlane's "Ted," David Fincher and Kevin Spacey's "House Of Cards" and Neill Blomkamp's mysterious sci-fi effort "Elysium." And now they're pairing up with another helmer whose name has been on the tip of many tongues.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Directors Who Look To Be Bright Sparks Of The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2012 2:33 PM
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Like it or not, filmmaking is undeniably a director's medium. It wasn't always like that, of course: it was only the coming of the auteur theory in the 1950s and 1960s that popularized the idea of the director as the person responsible for all that was great and terrible about a picture. And while anyone who's worked in film knows that it's a collaborative medium, there's still no better way of seeing where the form might be going in the next few years than by looking at the directors who've been making splashes of late.

Universal Is 'Breaking The Bank' With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans On Former Darren Aronofsky Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 3:34 PM
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Well, that didn't take long and was pretty much inevitable. After blowing back the eyeballs of critics and fans alike with blistering action flick "The Raid," Hollywood has come calling for director Gareth Evans.

5 Directors Who Could Take Over From Brad Bird On 'Mission: Impossible 5'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2012 10:00 AM
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Early this week, Brad Bird confirmed, via an interview with Crave, what many had long-assumed: despite "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" being the most successful of the franchise to date, the Pixar veteran wouldn't be returning for another crack at the Tom Cruise-led spy series, saying that "I think that one of the things that’s fun about the series is that they always pull in a different director and try to get a different kind of take on the premise."

SXSW '12 Interview: 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Talks Sequel & Going Hollywood; Mike Shinoda & Joseph Trapanese Discuss Scoring The Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2012 12:04 PM
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Few films at this year's SXSW Film Festival have knocked us back in our seat like Gareth Evans' assaultive "The Raid: Redemption." Opening later this month, it's a slickly realized, breathlessly paced actioner about an unlucky SWAT team that invades an apartment building that is more or less exclusively populated with very bad dudes. (A kind of warlord/drug kingpin resides in one of the top floors.) Appealing to the typical SXSW audience's love of extreme violence and foreign weirdness, the movie went over like gangbusters. We got to sit down and talk with the film's director, the very British Gareth Evans, about where the movie came from, what we can expect from the sequel, and being saddled with that goofy subtitle. And as an added bonus we also get to hear from the film's composers – Mike Shinoda (from Linkin Park) and Joseph Trapanese (the man chiefly responsible for wrangling Daft Punk's "TRON Legacy" score). Guest stars!

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