Netflix remake of cult action movie ‘The Raid’ will be set in Philadelphia
In 2011, director Gareth Evans breathed new life into a stagnant action-thriller genre with “The Raid,” featuring Indonesian martial arts in a film about a police team trying to infiltrate a skyscraper. Crime infested skies in Jakarta.
The film was a critical success and arrived in US theaters the following year as “The Raid: Redemption”, followed by a sequel in 2014.
Evans is now teaming up with Michael Bay and Patrick Hughes to produce a Netflix remake of the film which will be based on an elite DEA task force in Philadelphia, where authorities attempt to navigate a drug cartel in order to bring down its pivot. .
Hughes, who is best known for “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “The Expendables 3” series, is set to direct the remake while Bay and XYZ Films will produce. Evans and Range Media Partners will produce the film. The screenplay will be written by Hughes and James Beaufort, according to Deadline.
“We are incredibly excited about Patrick’s unique vision for this film. It’s a decidedly original take on the material, which promises to respect the original film while bringing a fresh approach and perspective that will define its own path in the action genre,” the producers said.
Several attempts to remake the film in an American setting have fallen apart since the original’s debut, but Netflix reportedly jumped at the chance once Bay and Hughes joined forces to pursue the project.
The film will be set in the drug-infested “Badlands” of Philadelphia, though it’s not yet clear if the movie will actually be set in the city. Netflix is behind Adam Sandler’s upcoming film “Hustle,” which filmed at various locations in and around Philadelphia over the past year.
The location choice follows a string of high-profile film and TV projects that have filmed in Philadelphia in recent years, including HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,” AMC’s “Concrete Cowboy” and “Dispatches from Elsewhere.”
“The Raid” was an exceptionally violent and bloody film that had documentary-style cinematography and lengthy hand-to-hand combat sequences, making it a cult classic among martial arts enthusiasts while putting off some critics for its lack of depth of character. In the original, the film’s protagonist was a rookie cop who struggled to overcome his team’s attrition and his lieutenant’s betrayal.
It remains to be seen how well the Philadelphia-based plot mirrors Evans’ story in Jakarta, but the project is likely to generate significant interest as more details become available.