Variety is reporting that Sony Screen Gems has delayed production on their remake of the Indonesian masterpiece The Raid, which saw its sequel hit theaters this past spring.
Sources close to the production tell Variety that plans to begin shooting the action pic in September have been pushed back and pre-production has been halted. Insiders add that the film isn’t being put into turnaround (this is good news) and that the plan is to still shoot in the first quarter of 2015.
The film was getting close to a greenlight as execs were zeroing on an ensemble with sources indicating that Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo and Ethan Hawke were frontrunners for roles. However, other insiders said no casting decisions had been made and no offers were sent out. It’s possible that one reason for the delay is that producers are seeking a bigger name.
Patrick Hughes is still on board to direct about an elite Indonesian S.W.A.T. team that raids a building where a gangster and his thugs are embedded and chaos ensues.
Brad Ingelsby penned the script. XYZ Films is producing the pic.