It was only a week ago when Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo announced that they would be working on the US version of The Raid.
The two called their film a reimagining of the Indonesian action hit that spawned a sequel. While details have been light, new details about this reimagining are emerging. Find out more about the film in the story below.
Carnahan and Grillo spoke exclusively to Collider where they shared what will make their film different from the original. We won’t get into too much detail, but we’ll provide some of the highlights that came out of the interview.
In the announcement video, Carnahan says The Raid reimagining will be closer in tone to two of his previous works, The Grey and Narc. According to the director, the characters won’t be martial arts specialists, but more like special operatives or football players. These guys will get injured, and the only way to relieve the pain will be taping it up or putting dirt on their wounds.
As for the fight choreography, it won’t be anything like what we saw in John Wick. Instead, Carnahan likens it to the “knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan.” Grillo says it will be something where you want to look away but can’t.
Their answers hint at their film being something completely different from the original. But if that is the case, why bother even calling it The Raid. Grillo says that most if not many have not seen the original film, while Carnahan says The Raid has some similarities to his Smokin’ Aces, where assassins are trapped inside a tower. This is true as Smokin’ Aces came out six years before The Raid. So its safe to say that Carnahan wants to go in a different direction since he’s already done an assault on a penthouse film before.
Carnahan then spoke about the plot details. First, the film will be set in Caracas. “Because Caracas is a madhouse.” In fact, the city is so dangerous that no one wants to go in there.
The film will center on two brothers whose relationship is strained because of their father. According to Carnahan:
“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.”
As for the rest of the characters, Carnahan says they will be like football players, none of them are 100%. All of them have some sort of injury:
“You’re getting a guy who’s like the walking wounded. So you’re immediately plugging in to this very mortal, very human, everybody’s been hurt, everybody’s tweaked their back; in fact, more people have an affinity and an understanding of that situation than being this completely physically fit monster that doesn’t feel pain.”
Grill says Iko Uwais, who starred in both The Raid and its sequel, is interested in being a part of this reimagining.
There is so much more to this interview, with Carnahan addressing the budget and possible start date for the film. You can can find out more about that by reading the interview in its entirety over at Collider.