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The Raid 2: Berandal will soon be smashing its way into theaters worldwide, but it seems like people are almost more interested in what's going to happen with the recently announced American remake.

Earlier this month, we learned that [The Expendables 3](movie:388705) director, Patrick Hughes, had signed on to direct the English-language remake of the Indonesian action hit, The Raid. With The Raid 2's director currently doing the rounds promoting his upcoming sequel, CraveOnline took the time to ask his opinion of the remake and its director. Regarding Hughes, Gareth Evans stated:

I think what worked for me was the fact that nobody questioned what I wanted to do on that, the same way I don’t think anyone should question what Patrick wants to do on that. For me, in order for that film to work really well, they’ve got to let him go off into his sandbox, play around and see what he comes up with. When they suggested Patrick, I had no problem at all because he’s a super talented director. Red Hill, fucking great film. Such a great movie.

Currently, The Raid remake has no official roles cast, although rumors suggest that Chris and Liam Hemsworth could both be up for parts. When Crave asked if the bulkier frames of these actors would take away from the martial arts aspect of the original, Evans replied:

They’re pretty tall, right? It depends right now. Me on a personal level, I’d fucking love to see them put Scott Adkins in there. I’m just going to say that right off because I just think he’s great and I’ve wanted to work with him before. For him to be able to get a real, good fucking solid role like that in a studio film where it’s all about gearing up towards martial arts, something that he’s fully capable of, it’d be great. Michael Jai White would be great as well, all these guys. I could geek out about all the guys I want to see in these films and hopefully they get a chance.

However, ultimately, Evans concluded that the remake would still have hand-to-hand combat at its fore. He continued:

I don’t think the action discipline is going to veer too far away from what we did. What I hope they do is take the basic premise and then use that as a springboard for him to go off and create his own action style completely. You could still do that deconstruction of weaponry down to hand to hand combat. You could still do that, but they don’t have to follow scene by scene the same as we did. That’s what, for me, what is most refreshing about a remake of this as opposed to a remake of something where it’s all about following the characters and the plot exactly the same to the tee. This is an opportunity to take the bare bones of it, the crux of it and do something completely fresh. It’s like a second pass of doing different action sequences.

He also outlined his own directorial plans for the future. Although he will be returning for [The Raid 3](movie:1212625) , Evans suggests he's going to work on a few new projects in the interim. He stated:

I’m not touching The Raid 3 for a couple of years from now. I don’t have any plans to do The Raid 3 within the next two or three years so I’m going to take a break from that franchise for a bit. I want to do some things outside of Indonesia for like two films, then come back to Indonesia and shoot The Raid 3. I have another one I want to shoot with him [Raid star Iko Uwais] first. Still in the action genre and it’s something that he needs to train for for a fair amount of time. You have to make good with some weaponry, my friend.

For an Indonesian movie, The Raid did a great job of jabbing its way into the American audience's psyche. With this in mind, do you really think a remake is needed, or is it completely unnecessary? Let us know what you think below.


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