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

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by Kevin Jagernauth
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.

Gareth Evans, who is currently hard at work on his sequel to the action flick "The Raid: Redemption," has also shared his concerns about taking on a comic book movie. "It's tough. The thing is right now, where I am, the kind of things that I'm doing, I don't know if I fit the superhero mold yet. It's something I need to learn at some point but I don't know if I can deliver a PG-13 movie," he told Flicks And The City. "I don't know how to do that yet. I should learn but yeah, I'm not sure. Maybe a darker, superhero [film] from Marvel." 

It would seem Evans isn't quite sure he can fashion the kind of movie someone like Marvel wants to make (a four quadrant hit) with his own more twisted sensibilities. Can he find a common ground between those two sides? Anything is possible, but it also doesn't seem like Evans is in a particular rush either. Food for thought, at least. What do you think? Would you like Evans to helm a comic book flick or should he stick to the stories he wants to tell? [via Comic Book Movie]

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  • Adam | August 28, 2013 9:41 PMReply

    He can do Blade, Sgt. Rock (DC), The Punisher, or Judge Dredd. I, for one, am sick of PG-13 superhero movies. The only movie in the genre I've enjoyed in years was Dredd.

    With that said, he should do whatever the hell he wants.

  • Morgan | August 28, 2013 7:49 AMReply

    Then he can make Punisher. A good one. For real this time.

  • cineman | August 26, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    Good for him. It's a weird state of affairs when bland, generic, mass-market, popcorn franchises are now seen as a pinnacle of cinema.

  • berk | August 26, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    I would rather this generation of directors, along with Ben Wheatley, spend 2-3 years on their own genre films than labor on a Marvel/DC movie that has almost none of their point of view.

  • wes | August 26, 2013 1:00 PMReply

    I want superhero movies to stop, so, he and everyone else should never do another one. I can dream, can't I?

  • Dirk Thomas | August 26, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    The Black Panther, or maybe Daredevil the way he should have been done......

  • Dirk Thomas | August 26, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    The Black Panther, or maybe Daredevil the way he should have been done......

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