For an audience member, the concept of a reboot is fairly tiring and overused. For the studios and filmmakers on the other hand? They have issue with the terminology, as director Joe Carnahan prefers to use the term "reimagining" to classify his take on The Raid.
The small budget action hit was something of a sleeper in 2011, with the Indonesian martial arts picture only requiring $1.1m to make from start to finish. A sequel, The Raid 2, was spawn to fly in the face of initial expectations, winning over critics in the process.
47-year old Carnahan has secured the services of Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Frank Grillo as a lead. Without any release date becoming official, Carnahan will likely partake in this project after he does likewise for the third installment Bad Boys for Life, a title that will premiere on November 9, 2018.
Don't Call It A Remake, It's Been Here For Years
Perhaps there is something assured about a director who does not feel the need to make a big song and dance about proceedings. As Carnahan tweeted out his attachment to the movie on top of some interesting commentary. Also posting an Instagram video for good measure, the filmmaker fired back at suggestions this was a shameless grab for easy cash at the box office.
"It's not a remake. It's a reimagining of the same scenario," tweeted Carnahan. "Everybody take a deep breath. We won't disappoint you, rabid-fanboy-from-Hell." He fired back at one user who accused him of taking the easy option. "Right, bro, because I've spent my entire career in the ruthless pursuit of $$$. That would be news to my accountant." Pointing to previous work of his, Joe said that he will be taking cues from what has gone before. "The Raid remake will hew closer in tone & feel to The Grey and Narc. @Ghuevans is producing alongside & has given us his full blessing."
Is This Dredd 2.0?
The premise of The Raid might sound familiar to a number of moviegoers, as it sees a collection of S.W.A.T. operatives caught inside a tenement building where they are forced to fight off a militia of unruly mobsters. This echoes the script from the 2012 action reboot of Dredd, as a law enforcement officer is trapped inside a 200-storey slum tower block with one of his colleagues.
The difference separating the two is that one is adapted from an old comic strip, while The Raid is inspired by real life events. But, if Carnahan can make something that is received half as well as the original, he can consider that a job well done.