The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes is the guy tasked with remaking the action classic The Raid for American audiences.
As a fan of the original film, this writer believes the guy definitely has his hands full. The film is impressively packed from top to bottom with incredible fights, sequences viewers need to see to believe. Since the majority of US moviegoers are violently opposed to foreign motion pictures with subtitles, The Raid remains largely unseen. Fans of the film can’t help but shake their heads in cinematic frustration.
During his chat with Coming Soon, the Expendables 3 director explained how he intends to bring the action and the story to American audiences. Instead of doing a shot-for-shot remake, the filmmaker wants to inject a bit more emotion into his version of the flick.
“The thing that blew my mind with that film was the aesthetics and the fight sequences but also the simplicity of the premise, and there’s so much you can do with that,” Hughes told the website.
The Expendables 3 helmer added, “So our take on it is really interesting and I feel like if anything what I want to do is elevate the emotional aspect of it, and I think those are my favorite action films of all time when you can balance the action and the emotion, and what he did with his first ‘Raid’ was phenomenal.”
Those who decided to skip out on the fantastic Australian thriller Red Hill will have a chance to see Hughes in action when The Expendables 3 hits the big screen later this year. Sylvester Stallone previously revealed on Twitter than some of the action sequences in the upcoming sequel were heavily influenced by the fights in The Raid.
Unfortunately, The Expendables 3 is possibly the final installment of Stallone’s action-packed series. The recently-released trailer suggests that our heroes are down for one last ride, something fans of the flicks are probably more than a little bummed about right now.
Of course, that could all depend on how well The Expendables 3 performs in theaters. If Hughes is firing on all cylinders — and the previews suggest that he’s at the top of his game — then fans should anticipate a sequel that puts the others to shame. Patrick knows how to stage impressive action sequences, skills that should definitely come in handy here.
The Expendables 3 is presently slated to hit theaters in the US on August 15. What do you think about Hughes directing the remake of Gareth Evans’ The Raid?
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