Here’s Joe Carnahan’s Pitch For ‘The Raid’ Remake

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Last week it was revealed that Joe Carnahan would be directing a “re-imagining” of The Raid starring Frank Grillo. Now Carnahan has begun doing press, revealing more about his Raid film.

Here is what we knew previously about The Raid remake: While the original film was set in Indonesia, Carnahan’s film will be set in Caracas, Venezuela. Carnahan in the announcement video hinted that there would be less antagonists and that the fighting would have to be “something no one’s ever seen.” Carnahan later clarified on twitter that he would be producing the film alongside original director Gareth Evans, and that his film would be a “reimagining of the same scenario” but closer in tone and feel to his films The Grey & Narc.

You can watch the entire interview with Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo above. Here is everything we learned from the Collider interview:

  • Grillo insists they aren’t doing the Hollywood version of The Raid. Carnahan says the reason to remake The Raid is that most people beyond cinephiles have not seen the original movie. They are writing the screenplay on spec with no studio funding, although they are envisioning the film to have a budget of under $ 20 million. Carnahan and Grillo are taking no money upfront to make this project, betting everything on the backend meaning they’ll be paid if the movie is a success. There is no planned start date as they are still in the script phase, but Carnahan wants to make the movie “as soon as possible.”
  • The Raid remake will not be a highly-choreographed and stylized action film like Evans’ original movie or for example, John Wick. The film’s action will uncomfortable in its level of brutality and violence. Carnahan says he wants the entire movie to feel like the “knife fight between Adam Goldberg and the German in Saving Private Ryan.”
  • The plan is to deepen the story of the two brothers at the center of this movie. The brothers become divided over their father, who “built these things that are superior and that are real soldiers, but he’s not that.” One brother believes in the father, the other doesn’t.
  • The story will focus on physically damaged special forces operation guys: “So this idea you’re catching a guy who is compelled to go after his brother after he just got his ass kicked in a completely different operation. You’re getting a guy who’s like the walking wounded.”
  • The reason it is set in Caracas, Venezuela is because “Caracas is a madhouse,” and such a dangerous place that nobody wants to go there.
  • The Raid star Iko Uwais could appear in this reboot. Grillo, who just worked with Iko on a film, claims Iko reached out after the news was announced and asked if there was a role in the film for him: “Joe said maybe there’s a world where he’s one of the other guys. Who knows.”

I am not 100% sure I agree with the idea that only cinephiles have seen The Raid, and that the fact that the general public seem unwilling to watch a subtitled movie is a reason to remake it for American audiences. But I am a huge fan of Joe Carnahan’s work and believe he won’t make “The Hollywood version” of The Raid. I am sure his version of the film will have original elements, and be just as gritty and violent as the original.

Carnahan’s pitch to deepen the relationship between the brothers at the core of this story and to center this on the idea of damaged special forces opperation guys is interesting. Honestly, I’m more interested to find out how this will be different than Gareth Evan’s original film than what is being relayed in this interview.

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Gets Scooped Up by Netflix

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Welcome to 2017, where Martin Scorsese‘s long-awaited The Irishman, which will reunite him with Robert De Niro for the first time since 1995, is heading straight to Netflix. Think about reading that sentence ten years ago and then realize how much the movie world has fundamentally changed…and how debuting on a streaming service no longer carries the low-rent reputation associated with direct-to-video movies. Netflix has made it clear in the past that they’d very much like to be in the business of making prestige pictures and this feels like them doubling down on that mission.

The news comes to us via IndieWire, who report that The Irishman‘s move to Netflix follows the departure of Paramount chairman Brad Grey, who was apparently the guy willing to take a gamble on a $ 100 million hitman drama from a director whose most recent movie for the studio was an unfortunate box office bomb. That movie was Silence, which Paramount released into a box office and critical void a few months ago (although time will surely be kind to it). They also released Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which was a box office and critical smash in 2013.

The IndieWire report specifies that Paramount is “not in the position to take risks” at the moment, while Netflix, with its Scrooge McDuck cash vaults and famously light touch, would allow Scorsese to make the movie he wants without compromise. Naturally, none of the parties involved are commenting at this time.

The Irishman has been in the works since 2008, always positioned as one of Scorsese’s next projects and always being pushed to the back burner in favor of something else. Based on Charlie Brandt’s book I Heard You Paint Houses, the story tracks the life of professional hitman Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, whose supposed list of victims includes Jimmy Hoffa. De Niro will play Sheeran at all stages of his life, with ILM working their magic to digitally de-age him for scenes where he’ll be as young as 30. Al Pacino is also attached to star.

Although there is no release date set quite yet, the report suggests that The Irishman could arrive in 2019. While I’m happy that this movie is getting made and that Scorsese will have the elbow room to create the film he wants, I sincerely hope Netflix gives this a proper theatrical release – the thought of not getting to see the new Scorsese/De Niro movie on the big screen can’t help but feel…criminal. Ba dum tssh.

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Will Ferrell & Amy Poehler Take on Casinos in First ‘The House’ Trailer

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“You wanna make money like Vegas, you gotta look like Vegas.” Warner Bros has unveiled a trailer for an upcoming comedy titled The House, where two parents decide to turn their home into an underground, illegal casino to make money to send their daughter to college. Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star as the parents, with Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, Allison Tolman, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Richardson, Rob Huebel and Michaela Watkins. This looks hilarious, probably one of my most anticipated comedies this year. The concept is original and fun, and Ferrell & Poehler are the perfect choice for this. Take a look. ›››

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‘The Purge 4’ Gets a Summer 2018 Release Date, But Needs a New Director

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Even though last year’s The Purge: Election Year wrapped up the series pretty nicely withe a political victory being the first step into having The Purge abolished and the New Founding Fathers of America put in their place, it still left the window open for chaos to return to the streets when those in support of The Purge were said to be taking to the streets with violent protest. Now we’ll get to see what happens next.

The Purge 4 has been confirmed to be in development at Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes, and it’ll get another prime summer release date in 2018. However, the franchise will need a new director, because James DeMonaco won’t be getting back behind the camera this time. Find out more below.

The Hollywood Reporter announced The Purge 4 has been set for July 4, 2018 release, giving it another prime weekend to make some box office bank. The Purge has only grown in popularity as the series has gone on. The first film in the series grossed just over $ 89 million worldwide, while The Purge: Anarchy followed it up with almost $ 112 million. Then The Purge: Election Year became the most successful with over $ 118 million worldwide. Can The Purge 4 keep up the trend, especially up against Ant-Man and the Wasp, slated to arrive July 6?

The interest in the next installment of the series will likely be determined by where the story goes from here. Now that the people have won their victory in politics in an attempt to get The Purge outlawed, those in support of the New Founding Fathers of America are only going to get more desperate in their attempts to keep control over the lower classes. Considering Election Year took cues from our then-current political climate for inspiration, it’ll be interesting to see how they take recent events into consideration for the development of the fictional universe.

The script for The Purge 4 will still be written by James DeMonaco, and even though he’s not directing, he’ll help producers Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Sébastien K. Lemercier find a director to take over the reins. Frankly, my potential interest lies almost entirely in what the story will be, but the right director could help get me on board too. For some reason, the first name I thought of to replace DeMonaco was Predators helmer Nimrod Antal, but if you have any other suggestions, sound off in the comments.

We’re not sure if this sequel could offset the timeline for a potential TV series adaptation of The Purge to still happen, but time will tell.

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First Teaser Trailers for Old School Practical Effects Horror ‘The Void’

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“Indescribably horrific.” A short 30-second teaser trailer from the UK has arrived for a “horror event” film titled The Void, a throwback to old school practical effects and John Carpenter horror. The Void is co-directed by Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski (both from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6), and is a mind-bending sci-fi horror thriller about a small town overrun by some “otherworldly threat”. The cast includes Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, and Daniel Fathers. Based on the marketing pitches, I’m certainly intrigued by this film. I just need to see more actual footage of these practical effects, but this teaser is a nice start. The scalpel in the eye scene is totally disgusting. Enjoy. ›››

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer: It’s Getting Downright Apocalyptic Out There

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In its second season, HBO’s The Leftovers reinvented itself. While the first season, noteworthy for its unrelenting grimness and incredible sense of dread, made for gripping and divisive television, the second season did something remarkable: it became fun. And more importantly, it became fun without sacrificing that uncomfortable tone and those complicated characters and the overwhelming sense that nothing is okay and it never well be okay and everyone is going to die.

So when I watch the new trailer for the show’s third and final season, I find myself filled with equal amounts of dread and giddiness – we’re all going to have a great time feeling really bad.

Like the first season 3 teaser, this trailer is heavy on suffocating atmosphere and light on plot, promising that the Garvey clan’s journey to Australia will be fraught with spiritual mayhem and apocalyptic imagery. Season 2 featured Justin Theroux‘s Kevin Garvey literally escaping the afterlife after being murdered, so the grand finale is going to have to find a way to top that special kind of insanity.

While it’s hard to make too much sense of what’s going on amidst that imagery, one thing is very clear: both Theroux and Carrie Coon will have plenty of opportunities to put on their despair faces. And no one on television wears despair faces quite like those two.

The big question is whether or not The Leftovers season 3 will choose to fully address the various impossible events that have cropped up over the past two years, or do as the theme song suggests and “let the mystery be.” After all, this has always been a show that has been less about understanding the world and more about understanding that you will never understand the world.

In any case, series showrunner Damon Lindelof has been giving a lot of thought about how they’ll end the show:

The big thing we gotta figure out for season three is: Where are we going to end it? What’s the last episode of this series going to be? We’ll design the entire season basically building up to that moment. I think there was a very purposeful circularity between seasons one and two, with the ‘wherever you go, there you are’ theme of it all. We decided to end the second season very similar to the first season. The Garveys felt like they could pickup and go to this place the Departure didn’t happen, but lo and behold, the same exact thing happened. The only safe place is the place you’re surrounded by the people you love. We can’t do that again, and not just because the audience is expecting it, but because we were telling a story about geography in season two, while season three is going to be something else entirely.

The end begins for The Leftovers on April 16, 2017.

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‘The Lion King’ Casts Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones to Return as Mufasa

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Jon Favreau‘s remake of The Jungle Book utilized an all-star cast of recognizable names lending their recognizable voices to an ensemble of recognizable animals, so it makes sense that his upcoming remake of The Lion King will follow a similar template. The director has revealed that Donald Glover, who has made a habit of popping up just about everywhere these past few years, has joined the cast as Simba, with the legendary James Earl Jones reprising the role of Mufasa.

Favreau revealed the news on Twitter, initially sharing a picture of Glover along with a lyric from the insanely catchy “I Just Can’t Wait to be King,” which the young lion Simba sings in the original film when he talks about how he just can’t wait to…you know.

What isn’t clear is whether or Glover will simply supply Simba’s voice or if he’ll go above and beyond and strap himself into a motion capture suit. However, we can assume that The Lion King will probably look an awful lot like The Jungle Book – a “live-action” movie in name only that uses stunning, photo-realistic animation to bring its talking animal characters to life (Favreau is already talking about all of the fancy new technology he’s planning to utilize this time around). In either case, Glover is inspired casting, capable of capturing the boyish enthusiasm of a young lion prince and the guilt and despair of an older lion-king-to-be.

Glover has been appearing in headlines an awful lot recently, mostly because he’s set to appear alongside Alden Ehrenreich in the upcoming Han Solo spin-off movie, playing a younger version of Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian. Before that, we’ll see him a mysterious character (possibly a villain?) in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. If you’re not familiar with his work at all, he’s one of the many highlights of the late, great Community, his new FX series Atlanta has been collecting accolades left and right, and he turned in scene-stealing performances in Magic Mike XXL and The Martian.

James Earl Jones needs to introduction. The legendary actor (who won an honorary Oscar in 2012) is best known for lending his iconic voice to Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and last year’s Rogue One, but another generation grew up with his booming basso profundo explaining the circle of life to his young lion son. Favreau also revealed this news on Twitter.

The Lion King doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll see at least one more live-action Disney remake before it hits theaters: next month’s Beauty and the Beast.

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