We recently got confirmation that Smokin’ Aces and The Grey director Joe Carnahan would be tackling a remake of The Raid with Frank Grillo in the lead, and we now have a lot more to go on.
The 2011 original and its 2014 sequel are two of the best action films to hit screens in recent years, so tackling a redo will certainly attract skepticism from fans. Thankfully, it sounds like Carnahan and Grillo are aiming to tackle a decidedly different picture that nods to the original’s plot and essence. Thanks to an in-depth interview Collider conducted with Carnahan and Grillo, we now have a clearer picture of the vision they have for this new take.
First up, we’re going to be entering a story already well underway. We’ll be following a type of “special forces” team and our lead character will be aiming to take down his brother from the get-go.
“…You’re catching a guy who is compelled to go after his brother after he just got his ass kicked in a completely different operation,” Carnahan explained. “You’re getting a guy who’s like the walking wounded.”
Carnahan revealed that the plot will follow two brothers and the falling out between them that relates to their father. “…One of them sees him for what he really is which is not this world beater. […] He built these things that are superior and that are real soldiers, but he’s not that. ‘You bought that line, I didn’t buy that line. I went my way and you went your way.’ ”
The film will be set on a block in Caracas, Venezuela, a place “where you come to do business and no one will fuck with you. Because it’s such a dangerous place, nobody wants to go in there.”
And if you’re worried the new version will tone down the strong violence we saw in the original, fear not. A point of comparison? Saving Private Ryan.
“There’s a level of brutality, a level of violence. If our movie felt like the knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan the entirety of the movie, then we’ve done exactly what we need to do,” Carnahan said. “Something that grueling and tough.”
Added Grillo: “You want to look away but you can’t.”
What’s a little surprising is just how independent this whole thing is sounding. It’s a pure passion project, with Carnahan and Grillo taking profits on the back-end (what they earn will depend on what the film makes) and Carnahan is writing the script on spec (no payment from a studio). Said Carnahan: “We’re going to do this for under $20 million, which is about as down and dirty as you can get, but there’s no studio. It’s us.”
There’s no exact production start date on the table as yet, but Carnahan has expressed he wants to get it off the ground as soon as possible. We’ll keep you up to date on how it develops.