Screen Gems‘ long-in-the-works redo of Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption now has a director: it’s The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes, who had been rumored for the gig for a while. The script is from Out Of The Furnace writer Brad Ingelsby and original producer XYZ Films is also producing the new one. Evans, who has already done a sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, that comes out this month via Sony Pictures Classics, is executive producing and the original fight choreographers are involved too. The 2011 Indonesian actioner is centered on an elite DEA team trapped in a tenement run by a notorious drug lord, his assassins and personal army armed with machetes and machine guns. It gets ugly as they fight their way out. The pic was a hit at Toronto and Sony sibling Screen Gems snapped up remake rights soon after. Hughes and Ingelsby are both repped by WME, with Hughes also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown.
Sony 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.
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:
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.
After the invigorating Indonesian action film The Raid, it’s nice to see star Joe Taslim getting the chance to step up in Hollywood and play the villain in Justin Lin’s The Fast And The Furious 6, opposite Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson. His character is a cold blooded killer who uses martial arts and parkour skills to fight against the Fast crew. It is reminiscent of Jet Li making his step up in Lethal Weapon 4, a showcase which made him a star here. Taslim, a Judo martial arts champ who lives in Jakarta, was discovered by director Gareth Evans who made him one of the leads in The Raid. That film, which became a festival favorite, got him signed by ICM Partners.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Brad Ingelsby, the scribe who blazed on the scene with the script The Low Dweller and who recently sold the script Run All Night at Warner Bros, has been tapped by Screen Gems to write the script for The Raid. XYZ Films is producing the remake of the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival and was also a strong title at the Sundance Film Festival, with a new soundtrack from Mike Shionda of Linkin Park, with Joseph Trapanese. XYZ is run by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.
The original is being released soon by Sony Pictures Classics. All of this was made possible when domestic distribution and remake rights were 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. WME and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver rep Ingelsby. Just to remind you of what is in store from The Raid, here’s the trailer:
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has pre-bought U.S., Latin American and Spanish rights to the upcoming sequel to Indonesian action feature The Raid, which won the Midnight Madness Award at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Tentatively titled Berandal for the Indonesian market, production will start at the end of 2012 in Jakarta. Raid star Iko Uwais will return and Gareth Huw Evans is set to direct and produce through his PT Merantau Films. LA-based XYZ Films is also on board as producer. International sales are being handled by Celluloid Nightmares, the foreign sales partnership between XYZ Films and Celluloid Dreams. Alliance/Momentum has pre-bought for the United Kingdom and Canada; Koch Media has acquired the film for German speaking territories; Korea Screen has pre-bought Korea; and HGC has pre-bought China. Deals for other major territories are currently in negotiations. The new installment will have a “significantly larger budget” than the original, producers say, although storyline details are being kept quiet. The Raid, which will screen at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, follows an elite SWAT team sent to raid an impenetrable safe house in the Indonesian capital’s slums. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing The Raid theatrically on March 23rd and Screen Gems is planning an English-language remake which XYZ Films is also producing. XYZ is an LA-based production and sales company founded by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.
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:
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.
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:
Toronto: ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ Wins Audience Award, ‘The Raid’ Gets Midnight Madness, ‘Island President’ Wins Docu Prize
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
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