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TIFF 2011 award winner “The Raid” getting U.S. remake

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Gareth Evans’ “The Raid” emerged from the Toronto International Film Festival as TIFF’s buzziest title, having won over Midnight Madness crowds before tucking away the program’s audience award. Most of us who were unfortunate enough to miss the film (for whatever reason) immediately wondered when we’d get a chance to see Evans’ action-packed thriller. Instead, we might be seeing a remake.

Screen Gems apparently is in negotiations to remake Evans’ story of a lethal SWAT team officer forced to fight for his life when a raid on a drug dealer’s fortress goes sour. The film drew comparisons to the original “Die Hard,” with most of its action contained to one building and Iko Uwais doing his best Bruce Willis impersonation as a vulnerable but tireless cop taking on waves of criminals just to survive.

THR reports that Screen Gems “is hoping to tie down a filmmaker shortly though it will not be Evans, who opted out of repeating himself and will focus on making a sequel that he hopes to shoot in February.”

It’s a fresh take on a familiar concept, and “The Raid” reportedly works so well because of its unique fighting style, silat. Screen Gems did not confirm whether that method of combat would be brought into the remake.

As for the original, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up North American distribution rights, but I’m unsure at this point when they plan to release it.

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