One actor joins a sequel and teases a second, while a different actor dismisses a sequel and approves another. All that and more in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:
- Mel Gibson says he wouldn’t do a fifth Lethal Weapon and was at one point interested in doing Mad Max 4.
- Speaking of Mad Max: Fury Road, an official plot synopsis has been revealed.
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse has some choice adjectives for Kick-Ass 2.
- Even more tributes have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- Gareth Evans tweeted a concept image from Berandal, the sequel to The Raid Redemption.
- Expendables 2 and Newsroom star Terry Crews is joining Scary Movie 5 and seems confident Expendables 3 will happen.
- The first two deaths of Scary Movie 5 have been confirmed.
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You might recall many months ago that we posted a short recreation of John Carpenter’s The Thing, animated in stop-motion with clay, and characters re-done as penguins. Now the same artist, Lee Hardcastle, has given the stop-motion remake treatment to Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. Instead of penguins he used the prime currency of the internet: cats. The result is cute and gory in equal measure, and easily worth a few minutes of your time. Read More »
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 »
Odds are, if the insanely excellent action film The Raid: Redemption isn’t yet playing in a theater near you, that’ll change on Friday. Sony Pictures Classics is opening the film in almost 700 theaters this week enabling fans from all over to see a film that reminds us what action films can be.
Directed by Gareth Evans, The Raid: Redemption is a non-stop roller coaster of chaos following an elite squad of police who enter a drug dealer’s sky rise strong hold. Adding to the visceral feel of the movie are the live-action stunts performed on set and, in this /Film exclusive featurette, Evans and his co-composers Mike Shinoda discuss one of the most memorable. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Enthusiasm for Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid, about a police assault on a tenement building held and fortified by a drug/crime lord, shows no sign of abating. The film has been earning fans in droves since premiering at TIFF last year. It just played SXSW where it converted more fans.
The Raid opens in the US as The Raid: Redemption, on March 23. (Some markets will have to wait a week or two; Atlanta, for example, gets it on April 6.) But we’ve known that Evans has at least one sequel in mind, and at SXSW he talked a bit about his plans, expanding what we already knew. Read More »
For action film fans, there’s a healthy amount of excitement for Gareth Evans‘ movie The Raid: Redemption (or simply The Raid in many territories), which will be released on March 23 in the US. Last week we saw the first domestic trailer for the film, and got word of that title change, as well as confirmation that the film’s new US title is meant to lay the ground for a small series of movies.
Now we’ve got a 13-minute behind the scenes featurette which goes into detail about the training that went into making the film, and the general approach to creating the action scenes that power the movie. Watch that, and read comments from the director about the US title change, after the break. Read More »
Earlier today we showed you the first Sony Pictures Classics trailer for Gareth Evans‘ award-winning action film The Raid. But there was a slight twist: in the US, the first film will go out under the title The Raid: Redemption.
We know that Evans plans to shoot a sequel to The Raid later this year, and that he has envisioned a trilogy of films set in the same world. Popular speculation earlier today was that the US title change is to help set up a title pattern for the trilogy. That is in fact the case. Read More »
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It is great that Sony Pictures Classics is releasing festival action fave The Raid, and doing so without making us wait a couple years. (You know The Weinstein Company would hold this one until 2015 or something similarly ridiculous.) So I can’t even give too much thought to the fact that the company has slightly retitled the movie.
When you get a chance to see The Raid in the US on March 23, it will be called The Raid: Redemption. And…OK, sure. Why not? I can conceive of a few different reasons to add the extra word to the film’s title, but as this trailer shows, that should be the only thing different about the Stateside release. Read More »