by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer
The American remake of The Raid has just taken a rapid fire succession of blows that it may not be able to get up from. The film has reportedly lost its studio, star AND director in one fell swoop!
The Tracking Board says that director Patrick Hughes has bowed out of the project. It’s unknown whether it was creative differences or a scheduling conflict (the film’s production start has been pushed back a few times since it was announced) but with Hughes departing so too goes Screen Gems, so the film doesn’t have a production studio to fall back to either.
While not part of the original report, /film is stating that Taylor Kitsch is now no longer involved in the film as well. Frank Grillo is still signed on however.
Grillo has stated before that one of the reasons for all of the delays was that the studio was looking for a lead star that could actually deliver in the action department. The original 2011 film is a non-stop fight scene in the best sense and it was helped by the fact that the stars were actual martial arts wizards.
As it looks now this film might never get made, but that might not be a bad thing. A watered-down version of this from an American studio would just leave a bad taste in the mouth of the fan base of the original film. I’d rather just go back and revisit my Blu-ray than get a bastardized film just out to make a quick buck.