It was prior to the World Premiere of The Raid at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival that we met director Gareth Evans, which would be the catalyst behind him joining our V/H/S/2. After witnessing the onslaught of nonstop ultraviolent action, we fell in love with the filmmaker, who would eventually direct a sequel to his Raid as well as Netflix’s forthcoming Apostle, which just had its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest. Blessed to have him co-direct “Safe Haven” alongside Timo Tjahjanto, he would continue to deliver his perfect blend of fighting and brutality with The Raid 2. With a remake also in long-time development, it seemed only natural that he’d eventually get behind the camera for a third round of chaos. There was an idea, he tells Cinemablend, although he’s now moved on to other things.
“The Raid 3 was… at one point it was on my radar,” he told the site. “I had a full idea.
“I know what the storyline would have been. But I think enough time has passed now that I think I’m not likely to go back and revisit it. We had a lot of fun making those films, and I think we came to a nice, sort of natural conclusion with [The Raid 2]. And I think sometimes you can have a little bit too much of a good thing.”
The Raid is universally considered one of the greatest action films of all-time. In it, a S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs. DREDD would put a comic spin on the film a year later.
Evans’ Apostle (read our review) streams on Netflix October 12th.