Get ready for some gravity-defying fights and amazing stunt work: The action-packed Indonesian film The Raid is getting an American remake.
Joe Carnahan will direct the film, while Frank Grillo is set to star in what will be a "reimagining" of the movie and not a "paint-by-numbers remake," according to Deadline.
Grillo will produce alongside Carnahan under their WarParty company banner. Grillo has a lead role in the Purge series, stars alongside former Men’s Fitness cover guy Nick Jonas on the mixed martial arts drama Kingdom, and starred as the villain Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War.
Just for fun, here's a video of Grillo and Carnahan watching some scenes from the original:
Carnahan is no stranger to action films—he has The Grey, Smokin’ Aces, and Narc under his belt—and he's hoping to do “something fresh and inventive” with the project.
“I am extremely excited about Frank and I boarding this property and hopefully doing something fresh and inventive with it,” Carnahan said. “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.”
The original film followed a SWAT team trapped inside a building by “a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs” as they fight their way to the top floor. The movie became a cult hit and featured some of the most badass and amazing fight choreography that’s ever been seen in any movie.
Here’s a look at one of the most memorable scenes from the film, a kickass hallway fight:
This one should be a fun remake—or "reimagining."