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Hot Trailer: ‘The Raid 2′

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 11:37am PST

Raid 2Sony Pictures Classics has released a new action-packed trailer for Gareth Evans‘ martial arts sequel The Raid 2 ahead of its Sundance bow tonight. This is a hot ticket in Park City where the first Raid film screened after making a splashy debut at Toronto in 2011. Iko Uwais reprises his role as Rama, the Jakarta cop who battled his way through a tenement filled with criminals in the first pic only to go undercover in the sequel to uncover the corrupt baddies at the top of the food chain. Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Oka Antara, and Julie Estelle join the fray in The Raid 2 which also sees the return of Raid actor/stunt choreographer Yayan Ruhian. SPC releases The Raid 2 on March 28 but they’re not the only studio banking on the Raid team. Yesterday at Sundance RADiUS-TWC pre-bought North American rights to Evans’ next project, The Night Takes Us, to be directed by Timo Tjahjanto (Killers) and produced by Evans with original Raid cast members starring. Read More »

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Sundance: Radius-TWC Pre-Buys North American On ‘The Night Comes For Us,’ Next Pic By ‘The Raid’ Team

By | Monday January 20, 2014 @ 7:28am PST
Mike Fleming

RAIDDREEXCLUSIVE: OK, so it’s been a slow go at least so far for Sundance deals so far. But here’s an intriguing pre-buy that has its roots in the festival. RADiUS-TWC has acquired North American rights to The Night Comes For Us, an action thriller that is directed by Timo Tjahjanto, whose film Killers is playing Sundance and is produced by The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans. Evans, whose sequel The Raid: Berandal is unveiling at Sundance through Sony Pictures Classics, will handle action direction in the film. It’s set to premiere tomorrow night. The film also brings back the stars of The Raid: Redemption, as martial artist Iko Uwais is choreographing the action mayhem and Taslim and Yayan Ruhian are starring. The film will be released in 2015.

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608Taslim plays a mobster who returns to his local crime family in Jakarta only to find himself trapped in a word of betrayal and chaos. Evans will produce alongside Maya Barack Evans of PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films’ Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, Nick Spicer and Todd Brown. Read More »

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AFM: Apsara Nabs ‘American Ultra’ & ‘The Night Comes For Us’ In Pan-Asia Pacts

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 3:24pm PST

Apsara Distribution has inked multi-territory rights to a pair of films out of AFM. The pan-Asian division of IM Global locked rights to Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as a small town stoner and his girlfriend who are targeted by a government operation. Apsara will release the pic in nine territories: Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, and India. The action comedy, scripted by Chronicle‘s Max Landis, is produced by Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Circle of Confusion. FilmNation’s Rob Carney negotiated the deal with Ben Rekhi of Apsara and Darius Kapfer of DK Media.

Apsara also nabbed multiple Asian rights to The Night Comes For Us, from VHS 2‘s Timo Tjahjanto and The Raid‘s Gareth Evans. Tjahjanto will direct the pic about a Triad enforcer who returns home to the Jakarta crime world, which Evans co-wrote and will produce for his own PT Merantau Films alongside XYZ Films. Earlier this year the pair co-wrote and co-directed the VHS 2 segment “Safe Haven” to critical acclaim. Evans, who is finishing post on his own action sequel The Raid 2 for Sony Classics, will work on Night next and will distribute it in Indonesia through his own distribution banner. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Indonesian Actioner ‘The Raid 2′

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST

Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films have unleashed a teaser for Gareth Evans‘ Indonesian martial arts sequel The Raid 2: Berandal, which picks up hours after the events of the widely praised first film. In the sequel, Jakarta cop Rama (Iko Uwais) heads undercover to infiltrate a crime syndicate to protect his family and expose corruption in his own force. Writer-director Evans even brought back fan favorite Yayan Ruhian, AKA Mad Dog from the first pic, to play a different character alongside a line-up of new toughs. Buzz from the first Raid pic should drive solid genre interest ahead of this 2014 release. Check out the trailer:

Related: Sony Classics, Stage 6 Films To Release ‘The Raid 2′

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Sony Classics, Stage 6 Films To Release Indonesian Action Sequel ‘The Raid 2′

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 4:42pm PST

Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films will team up on U.S. distribution of martial arts actioner The Raid 2, the companies announced today. Helmer Gareth Evans made a splash with the first Raid pic, the 2011 Indonesian bone-cruncher The Raid: Redemption, which tracked a doomed squad of cops trapped in a concrete tenement filled with armed thugs. Evans returns to write and direct the sequel, which picks up after the events of the first film and follows cop hero Rama (Iko Uwais) undercover as he infiltrates a ruthless Jakarta crime ring.

Sony’s love affair with the Indonesian action franchise began two years ago at Cannes, where Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions snapped up U.S. distribution rights after screening partial footage. Read More »

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‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Makes 7-Figure Pic Deal With Media Rights Capital

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 9:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Media Rights Capital has closed a deal with Welsh writer/director Gareth Evans for his first English language action drama. Evans will make seven figures to write and direct. They are keeping the plot under wraps, but it will feature strong roles for two male stars, and the plan is to shoot in 2013 after Evans completed Raid 2. That is the sequel to The Raid: Redemption, a film that was a festival favorite at Sundance and Toronto.

That film has put Evans in high demand. He recently made a deal to develop to direct Breaking The Bank at Universal. It’s about the biggest heist in history in England, masterminded by former UFC fighter “Lightning” Lee Murray. Screen Gems is separately developing a remake of The Raid.

This is another example of MRC getting in business with an emerging talent, as the company has done with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Neil Blomkamp. Evans is repped by WME and Management 360.


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‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Conspiring With Universal On MMA Fighter-Turned-Bank Robber Tale ‘Breaking The Bank’

By | Friday May 4, 2012 @ 11:42am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the fact-based drama Breaking The Bank as a directing vehicle for Gareth Evans, whose Indonesian action film The Raid: Redemption electrified numerous festivals before being released recently by Sony Pictures Classics. The fact-based drama is based on the book Heist: The True Story Of The World’s Biggest Cash Robbery by Howard Sounes, and the Sports Illustrated article Breaking The Bank by L. Jon Wertheim. XYZ Films is producing with Evans. XYZ is the company that executive produced and handled worldwide sales for The Raid: Redemption, and the remake of the action movie that is in the works at Screen Gems. Read More »

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2012 Sundance: WME Signs ‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans

By | Wednesday January 18, 2012 @ 4:55pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of the Sundance premier of the Indonesian action film The Raid, director Gareth Evans has signed with WME. All the agencies have been courting him since that martial arts film made its premiere at Toronto, where it won the Midnight Madness Award. The distribution rights to that movie are controlled by Sony thanks to a deal made in Cannes on partial footage, and Sony Pictures Classics will take The Raid to Sundance and then SXSW before releasing it March 23. Evans, the Welsh filmmaker who lives and makes his movies in Indonesia, signed with Management 360 last fall. He will move right into a sequel of The Raid, which will shoot in Jakarta. SPC will have first crack at for US and Latin American distribution. And Screen Gems is developing a remake. The sequel will reteam the filmmaker with the film’s producers at XYZ Films. Here’s the trailer:

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Sony Pictures Classics Releasing ‘The Raid’

By | Tuesday November 29, 2011 @ 12:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics has been set to release The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival. It is also rumored to be en route to the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, by which time it will have a new soundtrack from Mike Shionda of Linkin Park, with Joseph Trapanese. For SPC, the film is a departure from its current awards contenders that include Take Shelter and Midnight In Paris, but the film was certainly one of the most buzzed-about films at Toronto for the industry crowd. It would have been a bidding battle at the festival, but the domestic distribution rights had been smartly collared by the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group back at Cannes, a buy made on partial footage that also gave Sony the inside track on remake rights. The remake was placed at Screen Gems, and now SPC’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will release the original next spring. As for Evans, he’s going back to Jakarta to shoot a larger-scale film that incorporates the actors and storylines from The Raid. Here’s the trailer:

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Screen Gems Pacts To Remake ‘The Raid’

By | Wednesday November 9, 2011 @ 3:37pm PST

Screen Gems has acquired remake rights to The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed Indonesian action movie that won the Midnight Madness sidebar’s audience award at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions had picked up U.S. distribution rights to the original during the Cannes Film Festival, so this deal makes sense. Original producer XYZ Films is behind the English-language redo, and Evans will executive produce but not write or direct. Clint Culpepper will oversee for the studio. The plot centers on an elite SWAT team that becomes trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord, his martial arts-skilled killers and his personal militia. The team must fight their way out.

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Toronto: ‘The Raid’ Helmer Gareth Evans Signs With Management 360

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 2:56pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While buyers were a little lukewarm about a lot of the 2011 Toronto Film Festival fare, there was much buzz about The Raid, the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award. The distribution rights to that movie are already controlled by Sony, so the action on the film consisted of studios vying for remake rights and agents and managers trying to sign Evans, the Welsh filmmaker who lives and makes his movies in Indonesia. Evans has signed with Management 360, and it will be that company that takes Evans around to meet studios that have been screening his movie over the past week. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group smartly bought most distribution rights (Alliance has Canadian rights and Momentum has U.K.) based on partial footage in Cannes, and that gives the studio the inside track on the remake rights that are controlled by the film’s producers at XYZ Films. While Evans will eventually sign with an agency, he doesn’t need a job right now because he wants to go back to Jakarta and shoot a larger-scale film that incorporates the actors and storylines from The Raid. Then he will look to make a Hollywood film. Here’s the trailer:

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Toronto: ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ Wins Audience Award, ‘The Raid’ Gets Midnight Madness, ‘Island President’ Wins Docu Prize

Mike Fleming

The 2011 Toronto Film Festival is drawing to a close, and the festival just handed out its prizes. The winners:

Cadillac People’s Choice Award
Nadine Labaki-directed Where Do We Go Now?

Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Documentary
Jon Shenk-directed The Island President

Cadillac People’s Choice Award For Midnight Madness
Gareth Evans-directed The Raid

City of Toronto and Astral Media’s The Movie Network Award For Best Canadian Feature
Philippe Falardeau-directed Monsieur Lazhar

Skyy Vodka Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film
Nathan Morlando-directed Edwin Boyd

FIPRESCI Prize For Special Presentations Section
Gianni Amelio-directed The First Man

FIPRESCI Prize For Discovery Programme
Axel Petersen-directed Avalon (Sweden)

Best Canadian Short Film
Ian Harnarine-directed Doubles With Slight Pepper

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