Netflix recreates ‘The Raid’

Raidet is about as close to a flag bearer as it is in the world of modern action film. Published in 2011, Raidet (or, as it was officially known in America, The Raid: Redemption), launched the careers of director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais, who played a novice cop infiltrating a high-rise ruled by a drug lord. A successor, The Raid 2, followed in 2014. Evans considered making The Raid 3, but that successor never came together. Meanwhile, various Hollywood players have spent years trying to turn around Raidet for an English-language remake.

Now that project has gained new momentum, with Netflix getting involved in one Raid re-recording that no less than Michael Bay will produce. The director will be Patrick Hughes, who has previously been responsible for so-so Expenditure 3, but which, however, got a surprise action hit a few years ago Hitman’s Bodyguard.

Here’s how Deadline describes the plot in the Americanized version of Raidet:

Hollywood has been trying to restart the title ever since, and it looks like the one that will finally come into production. This version takes place in Philadelphia’s drug-infested “Badlands,” where an elite undercover DEA task force climbs a ladder of cartel informants to capture an elusive kingpin.

With the right cast and, more importantly, the right stunt team and action scenes, it’s easy to imagine an American version of Raidet becomes a huge hit on Netflix. If you spend some time over there, you know that its catalog is filled with rough action movies, some of them pretty lukewarm, and a few legitimate diamonds in the rough. But outside maybe Extraction, they do not really have a signature action franchise to call their own. A really good version of Raidet could be Netflix’s business card in that area for years to come.

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