23 Feb - "The Expendables 3" director Patrick Hughes has been tapped to direct the remake of the Indonesian cult hit "The Raid: Redemption", for which the deal has already officially closed and will start production this fall.
The original film followed an Indonesian S.W.A.T. team tasked with storming a building where a violent gangster and his thugs reign over innocent residents. One young cop has a mission of his own – to rescue his drug-dealing brother from the chaos inside.
The remake will feature a similar storyline, though it may be difficult for Hollywood stars to perform the brutal hand-to-hand fight scenes and other stunts with the same intensity as the original film's martial arts experts.
"The Raid" director Gareth Evans, who had also directed his ambitious sequel, "The Raid: Berandal" and has received critical acclaim at film festivals earlier this year, is also up to produce the remake.
Hughes is an acclaimed commercials director, whose Ryan Kwanten starring movie "Red Hill" earned him the "Expendables 3" job, and now the task to remake this Indonesian favorite for Hollywood.
Though many of the original fans of "The Raid" seem skeptical, it would be interesting to see what Hollywood would bring to it, and who they would choose to star in it.