Michael Bay is set to produce the remake of the Indonesian action thriller The Raid for Netflix.
The 56-year-old Bad Boys director and Gareth Evans, who wrote and directed the 2011 film, will serve as executive producers while The Hitman's Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes will be directing.
A verified Netflix account confirmed the news on Twitter: "A reimagining of Gareth Evans’ THE RAID is coming to Netflix. From writer/director Patrick Hughes & producer Michael Bay, the film is set in Philadelphia’s drug-infested ‘Badlands’, where an undercover DEA task force climbs a ladder of cartel informants to catch a kingpin."
A reimagining of Gareth Evans’ THE RAID is coming to Netflix. From writer/director Patrick Hughes & producer Michael Bay, the film is set in Philadelphia’s drug-infested ‘Badlands’, where an undercover DEA task force climbs a ladder of cartel informants to catch a kingpin.— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) January 10, 2022
The original 2011 film starred Iko Uwais — who went on to further success in Peter Berg's Mile 22 and Netflix hit Wu Assassins — as a rookie SWAT operative who, along with his team, has to battle their way up a series of levels in a locked-down apartment complex dominated by a drug lord.
The remake will be "a distinctly original take on the material, which promises to pay great respect to the original film while also bringing a fresh approach and perspective that will set its own course in the action genre", according to reports by Deadline.
A remake of the award-winning film was first announced in 2017 with Frank Grillo set to star and Joe Carnahan (Narc) tapped as writer and director, but it is unclear whether the two projects are related.
At the time, Carnahan told Deadline: "I am extremely excited about Frank and I boarding this property and hopefully doing something fresh and inventive with it. The original is masterful, so we’ve given ourselves a pretty big mountain to summit. But I have great faith in the story and approach to the material that we’ve taken."
Meanwhile, Bay's new movie, Ambulance, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II opens in Singapore cinemas on Apr 7. Evans just wrapped on Netflix's Havoc, which stars Tom Hardy and Timothy Olyphant, which is set out to come out later this year.
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