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Screen Gems' 'The Raid' remake delayed, producers closing in on cast

Screen Gems delayed production of their remake of the 2011 Indonesian cult classic, 'The Raid,' the news comes from Justin Kroll of Variety.

Production on 'The Raid' remake delayed
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The plan was to shoot the remake in September, the studio decided to put those plans on hold, deciding to wait until early 2015 to start production on the actioner.

The report cites one of the reasons for the delay is casting.

Names like Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, and Ethan Hawke have been circling the project, no offers are on the table though. Producers are said to be looking for a star for the project.

Patrick Hughes, director of this summer's highly anticipated 'The Expendables 3,' is attached to the project.

In an interview with ComingSoon, Hughes talked about his take his take on the project.

"Certainly, we're not there to recreate the film beat for beat," said Hughes. "We're following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade are so closely aligned."

The original film, directed by Gareth Evans, followed an Indonesian S.W.A.T. as they raid a building, taking on some of the worst the city has to offer.

The sequel to 'The Raid,' 'The Raid 2: Berandal' released earlier this year and like the original, it opened to critical acclaim.

No word yet on a release date for the remake.

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