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04 August 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Though the mind fairly boggles at the idea of someone other than Gareth Evans trying to replicate the sheer madness and fight design of The Raid, Hollywood’s veracious remake machine will brook no argument. Patrick Hughes is the man charged with adapting the American version, and Taylor Kitsch has been offered the lead.

As of right now, Kitsch is only ruminating on the idea, especially since he’s also considering a lead role in True Detective’s second season. That, incidentally, is set to wrap up filming just as the new Raid kicks off production in January next year.

Out Of The Furnace script man Brad Ingelsby wrote the screenplay for the new film, about which there is still much mystery beyond the fact that it will take the basic premise of the original – a mobster and his violent thugs lay a trap for a SWAT team inside a high-rise building, a trap they must fight their way out of – and transplanting it to the US. Kitsch, if he does agree to the film, would be one of the main SWAT officers. Frank Grillo is also on board, we're guessing in a role analagous to that played by Joe Taslim in the original. 

Kitsch has worked on comedy drama The Grand Seduction and lent his voice to ‘toon Almost Heroes. He’s also attached to thriller Exit 147. Hughes most recently directed The Expendables 3, which is out on August 14.

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Your Comments

Remake without martial arts?
Taylor Kitsch, that guy just bombs in every movie he's in! Bad lead for a pointless remake. If there are no massive martial arts fights, isn't this basically Assault on Precinct 13? Or Dredd without Judge Dredd? More

Posted by Wicket55 at 17:49 on 19 August 2014 | Report This Post

Bit late for April Fool's
Taylor Kitsch - You having a giraffe??? WHY THE FUCK would you want to remake a film that is better than anything Hollywood has put out in the last decade? It will bomb quicker than Battleship and John Carter both starring - wait for it - Taylor Kitsch More

Posted by spamfiend at 19:18 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

The originals are excellent, oh that's right. Hollywood has run out of ideas and lost all it's creativity for the past 15yrs straight with remake and remake. Disaster. More

Posted by nybras at 16:49 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

Sounds kinda like when they decided to do a reboot of Oldboy. If they absolutely HAVE to do this, I'd like to see Tom Hardy, Joel Egerton and Nick Nolte team up again with Grillo (like Warrior) since we who the first two can definately fight. More

Posted by Kavandclay at 13:38 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

John Carter / Battleship dude??
Remake of The Raid....what a bad idea! Taylor Kitsch.....what an even worse idea!! All i can think of is the American remake of 'District 13'! More

Posted by chess69 at 12:08 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

Who Gives A Shit???
For all the hype about The Raid films, the choreography everyone in the western hemisphere seemed to marvel at was pretty dull. Taylor Kitsch isn't exactly Tony Jaa in the waiting, but he'll have a hundred million dollars or so in budget to make him look super kinetic. May as well cast Jonah Hill while thy're at it! More

Posted by andersdmoney at 10:14 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

RE: God Lord, please NO!!!
L: kielerkai Taylor Kitsch, seriously? This must be a bad dream. With this generic-looking sub-par actor, it can't get any worse, really. Why don't they search for someone who can, like, fight? r maybe why not just leave it be altogether? I can't stand how Hollywood bows down to the demands of idiots. If thick people who "don't watch a movie to read" can't be bothered to keep up with a few lines of dialogue which means they miss out on a great film then fuck them. More

Posted by Judge at 09:27 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

God Lord, please NO!!!
Taylor Kitsch, seriously? This must be a bad dream. With this generic-looking sub-par actor, it can't get any worse, really. Why don't they search for someone who can, like, fight? More

Posted by kielerkai at 08:10 on 05 August 2014 | Report This Post

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