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The Raid was a simple, no-holds-barred action film that pitted a cop squad against a whole building full of bad guys. The sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, features the main character from the original film as he is drawn into a city-wide conflict between the cops and two crime families. He has to go to prison to get connected undercover, but is soon involved in even more crazy violence throughout all of Jakarta.

The film premieres soon at Sundance, and we’ve got a baroque new trailer with almost all-new footage. There’s a lot of talk at the outset here, but don’t worry: when things get moving, the action hits hard, bloody, and even muddy. This is a hell of a trailer; you’re going to love the baseball bat sequence. Watch below. Read More »

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We knew that Gareth Evans, who directed The Raid, had to be tapped soon for a studio project. Now Universal has picked up the rights to Breaking the Bank, a film that will chronicle  “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US),” a crime that was put into motion by UFC fighter ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.

Back in 2009 Darren Aronofsky was developing this same project, but ended up moving on to other things, and is now finally about to make Noah. So Universal picked up the project for Evans, and will likely be re-developed slightly to suit his sensibility. Read More »

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Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score (around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.” Screenwriter Kerry Williamson (who also adapted Denis Hamill’s novel Fork in the Road for Alexander Payne) is adapting the script, which Aronofsky is eyeing as a directing vehicle. Details after the jump.

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