A Hollywood reboot of the Indonesian actioner The Raid (2011) starring Iko Uwais has been in development for years with Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo once attached to the project.
The reimagining of the film is on the fast track once again for Netflix with director Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard) set to take the helm. Hughes was actually attached years ago even before Carnahan, but he had to exit the project. However, development took longer than expected and it looks like things has gone full circle with Hughes back on as director.
The original film director, Gareth Evans (Gangs of London), will serve as producer with Range Media Partners alongside Michael Bay (Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and XYZ Films.
This reboot is set in Philadelphia’s drug-infested ‘Badlands’, an elite undercover DEA task force climb a ladder of cartel informants to catch an elusive kingpin.
The producing team behind Netflix’s The Raid has released a statement, saying “We’re incredibly excited about Patrick’s unique vision for this film. It’s 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.”
No words yet on if Frank Grillo is still involved.