The Raid Netflix remake: ‘This will be trash’ fans enraged over reboot

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The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2 were massive hits, both in their home country of Indonesia and around the world. For years, fans have been calling out for a third instalment, but instead, they will be getting an American remake. Original director Gareth Evans is returning to oversee the project at Netflix, but fans are in disbelief over the news.

There has been a longstanding curse in Hollywood over American remakes of Asian fan-favourites, with recent examples including Ghost in the Shell starring Scarlett Johansson and Cowboy Bepop, both major flops for the respective studios. Now fans of the original The Raid’s believe its remake is heading for a similar fate.  

The story originally first broke on January 11, confirming that the remake will transplant the plot of the original from Indonesia to Philadelphia, USA. Specifically, it will be located in the city’s Badlands region, a notorious part of North and Lower Northeast Philadelphia known for its drug violence.

Speaking to Deadline, the producers of the project said: “We’re incredibly excited about Patrick’s unique vision for this film. It’s a distinctly original take on the material, which promises to pay great respect to the original film while also bringing a fresh approach and perspective that will set its own course in the action genre.”

While the team behind the camera is certainly excited to see the story come to life in the USA, fans of the original are less than excited over the news. Taking to Twitter, many of them have shared their disbelief that Netflix is remaking a franchise that only ended in 2014.

@JonathaAI47 wrote: “Please don’t. The movies are great. With Michal Bay and Netflix? Garbage is coming. Besides, they made Extraction, a good action film. But without Michal Bay.”

@opgd14 commented: “This will be trash.” 

@GuyonLi wrote: “I’m just waiting for the American Squid Game announcement, only a matter of time.”

@carlossjmh added: “The Raid doesn’t need to be reimagined, it was imagined pretty well.”

@Iancelotaustin commented: “Glad Michael Bay isn’t directing it. There would be 100 pointless sweeping shots of the building.”

@YikeYuke shared: “Stop wasting millions of dollars on remaking movies which are already fine just so you can offer them to an audience who can’t even overcome the slightest investment of listening to a foreign language and reading some subs.”

Of course, not everyone is upset over the news, with @CheesyMan2022 writing: “I’m cool with it.” @chubrolin replied: “I’m cool with it too.”

There was more positive feedback, especially due to Evans’ involvement, with @Ndoneo7 adding: “He directed the other Raid movies. If he wants to do one for America, then that’s his prerogative.”

The story will once again see a group of elite SWAT officers attack, and get trapped in, an enormous apartment block, much like the original.

Comparisons have also been made with 2012’s Dredd, the comic book remake that was released just one year after the original The Raid. It follows a similar plot, in which Judge Dredd (played by Karl Urban) enters an apartment complex and must fight his way out to stay alive.

@IKnucles0 wrote: “Just watch Dredd, that’s pretty much a reimagining of The Raid.” (sic)

@temoblanks added: “There’s already a good remake. It’s called Dredd.”

A release date for The Raid reboot has not been confirmed, but as it has just been announced and remains in early development, it is unlikely to drop in 2022.


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