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Screen Gems To Remake Actioner The Raid

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 10, 2011 at 1:00PM

Screen Gems is planning an English-language remake of Gareth Evans' incredibly violent unrated Indonesian actioner "The Raid," for which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes Film Festival. The intense martial arts flick about an elite SWAT team trapped under siege in a drug lord's tenement won the Midnight Movie audience award at Toronto.Producer is XYZ Films, which produced the original film. Evans will executive produce. Good news: the fight choreographers are returning to the project. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper will oversee the remake. Reviews praised the action sequences. Here are Variety and THR.  
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The Raid
The Raid

Screen Gems is planning an English-language remake of Gareth Evans' incredibly violent unrated Indonesian actioner "The Raid," for which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired U.S. distribution rights at the Cannes Film Festival. The intense martial arts flick about an elite SWAT team trapped under siege in a drug lord's tenement won the Midnight Movie audience award at Toronto.Producer is XYZ Films, which produced the original film. Evans will executive produce. Good news: the fight choreographers are returning to the project. Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper will oversee the remake.

Reviews praised the action sequences. Here are Variety and THR.
 


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.