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'The Raid' Remake Eyes Taylor Kitsch To Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 5:22 PM
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First it was the Hemsworth brothers, and then it was Frank Grillo, and it seems the folks behind "The Raid" remake are still working through their wishlist options. So today another name has surfaced for the leading part in the unnecessary redo, and we'll see if this sticks or not.

'Captain America' Star Frank Grillo To Star In Remake Of 'The Raid,' Isla Fisher Joins 'Grimsby' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 14, 2014 10:42 AM
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Frank Grillo, Intersection
The idea of a remake of Indonesian action sensation "The Raid" without the bonkers, surely-someone-must-have-died action genius of director Gareth Evans, or with the presumably lax approach to health and safety that's the only way some of the insanity of the film (and its even crazier sequel) could have been pulled off, seems somewhat pointless. But nevertheless, Screen Gems have been pressing on, with "Red Hill" and "The Expendables 3" helmer Patrick Hughes attached to direct, and they just made a hire that means we might have a sliver of interest in the prospect.

'The Raid' Remake Delayed, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Ethan Hawke & More On Wishlist For Lead

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 28, 2014 9:25 AM
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They may not have lit up the box office, but Gareth Evans’s pair of bloody Indonesian action movies – “The Raid: Redemption” and “The Raid 2: Berandal” – have caught the attention of Hollywood and, in fact, the North American remake rights to the first film were scooped up not long after its successful TIFF Midnight Madness screening. While it seemed the U.S. remake of “The Raid” was finally gathering steam – it locked up both a writer and director earlier this year – things have since slowed down.

Hemsworth Brothers Sought For 'The Raid' Remake As 'The Expendables 3' Helmer Signs Up To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 6:49 PM
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Listen, we already know the idea of remaking "The Raid" so let's save our energy and skip the routine anger and focusing on what we're now learning about the upcoming do-over that was first announced over two years ago.

Happy Anniversary John McClane! 10 Movies Spawned By 'Die Hard'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 18, 2013 12:36 PM
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Die Hard
25 years ago today John McTiernan's "Die Hard" exploded in wide release onto screens nationwide and forever changed the landscape of action cinema. This wasn't just a box office smash, it was a genuine game-changer, one that made a star out of Bruce Willis and created its very own sub-genre. It's easy to forget now, after countless neutered airings on broadcast television and sequels that have all but turned the once-beloved brand into anonymous slush, just how profoundly "Die Hard" impacted movies back then.

Watch: Amazing, Ultraviolent Claymation Remake Of 'The Raid' With Cats

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 14, 2012 2:25 PM
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The success of director Gareth Evans action-heavy thriller “The Raid: Redemption” has been kind to both the filmmaker and his aspirations of completing a proposed trilogy of films. And though Evans will be “Breaking The Bank” with Universal and kicking up dust all over again with “The Raid” sequel “Berandal,” he probably didn’t expect to see a claymation recreation of his film featuring cats.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Hunger Games' Hurtles Towards $300 Million, Leaving 'Titanic' & 'American Reunion' In The Dust

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 8, 2012 12:23 PM
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Consider this a matchup of brands moreso than movies. "The Hunger Games" ruled the roost for the third straight weekend, the new millennial hit beating back two 90's sensations with ease, almost suggesting a passing of the torch. Young people will always like sweeping romance and bawdy sex, but for this weekend, it was all about that popular pastime of child-on-child murder.

Counterpoint Review: 'The Raid: Redemption' Adds A Little Bit Of Steroids To The Same Martial Arts Film You've Seen Twice Before

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 20, 2012 10:56 AM
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After much hype and love from the festival circuit, "The Raid: Redemption" begins rolling out into theaters this weekend. And while we saw the film at Sundance and called it a "triumph" not everyone at The Playlist office felt the same way. So here's a different take on the pulse pounding action flick.

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!

14 SXSW Movies We've Already Seen Including '21 Jump Street,' 'Marley,' 'Killer Joe,' 'Bernie' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 7, 2012 12:59 PM
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Yesterday, we ran through fifteen movies that we're dying to see at this year's SXSW, but the Austin, Texas festival doesn't just have world premieres: there's also a selection of films that have played film fests elsewhere in the world over the last months, from Venice and Toronto to Sundance and Berlin.

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