Joe Carnahan is Still Developing THE RAID Remake and He Shares Some Brutal Plot Details

In case you’ve been wondering what the status is on director Joe Carnahan’s remake of The Raid, we’ve got some new information and details to share with you today!

Frank Grillo signed on to star in the film and the movie is still very much happening. It’s still in development and now we have some of the first brutal story details to share with you since Carnahan took over the project.

The movie will be a reimagining of the Gareth Evans film, which is easily one of the greatest action movies ever made. I love that flick and while I have issues with the film being remade, I actually kinda like what Carnahan is looking to do with it. While talking to Collider, the filmmaker teased how the film would open, and how Grillo’s character will be in super rough shape from the start of the film:

“You meet Frank’s character having just rotated back from a really, really, brutal special forces operation. He’s got soft tissue damage in his hands, and his rotator cuff is blown out, and they take fluid off his knees, and the doctors basically tell him, ‘Listen you’re at the razor’s edge of PTSD and you need three months of just nothing, some R&R, because you’re jacked up.’ And in that space he gets the message that his brother, who he thought had been dead for four years, is actually alive and working for a very bad guy in Caracas, and in 18 hours they’re gonna kill his brother. These forces are gonna descend and murder the bad guy and murder the brother, so do you wanna go and get your brother, who you thought is dead? Do you want that opportunity? So that’s where we start.”

Grillo is a gritty, chiseled, tough as nails kind of guy, and it’s not hard to imagine him in a role like this that is going to take him on a journey of brutality and pain.

Carnahan went on to say that that he wants the “entire movie to feel like the knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan”. Damn! That might just be one of the most intense moments ever put on film. He then adds:

“In every great action film there’s always an emotional quotient that you’re dealing with… You have to have a sense of stakes. For all of the tremendous excess of those last two Matrix films, which I enjoyed the hell out of, they never really got to the tension of just Keanu Reeves trying to answer a phone at the end of the first movie. There was great pathos, there was a great sense of, ‘Is he gonna make it?’ The spectacle I think outweighs the heart and soul of it, and that’s what you have to remember is you’ve gotta have that attached.”

I actually really like what I’m hearing about what Carnahan is looking at doing with the film. What do you think about what he is looking to do with this reimagining of The Raid?

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