Actor Frank Grillo has already been cast, but when speaking to Slash Film said ‘The Raid was a go movie and there was one character, the critical character, that they were just not happy with. There’s not a lot of 30-something guys out there that… there’s a lot of training, a lot of martial arts training. They weren’t going to remake The Raid, which is a beloved film, if they couldn’t find a guy who could find the physical stuff and they hadn’t been able to do that.’
Well, fans of this genre know that this person exists. He requires no training and was born for a role like this.
He is one of the most electrifying martial artists and action stars of the last 20 years, having already had roles in The Expendables 2 as well as the much loved character ‘Boyka’ in the Undisputed film series. He of course is Scott Adkins.
The fact that Screen Gems did not cast him right out of the gate shows they have no idea what their audience wants and we need to change that. Stop trying to find a ‘box office’ guy and spending 6 months or more training them to pretend to be a martial artist. While Adkins may not be a household name, with all due respect, neither is Frank Grillo, yet they are building The Purge franchise around him – and that is fantastic! Let us not forget that Dudikoff, Van Damme, Norris, Stallone and others were not ‘name’ guys when they got their Hollywood launches, and Scott has already kicked ass in the aforementioned Expendables film.
Now, we are not naive. We know how the business works and having just watched the James Toback, Alex Baldwin documentary Seduced and Abandoned (about raising capital in Hollywood to make a movie), that has never been more clear. But, consider this:
– If it is becoming more and more about international sales and with China being one of the key players, Adkins’ latest film Wolf Warrior topped the Chinese box office on it’s debut weekend with a strong opening of $32.5 million.
– A ‘bankable’ star may be becoming a thing of the past. Take Johnny Depp’s latest outings. Film goers love the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise but other films where he is the ‘name’ have tanked. The Rum Diary ($5.1m debut/$23.9m worldwide cume on a $45m budget), Dark Shadows ($29.6m/$245.5m/$150m), The Lone Ranger ($29.2m/$260.5m/$215m), Transcendence ($10.8m/$103m/$100m) and let’s all just try and forget about Mortdecai.
– The original The Raid: Redemption film had no household names to anyone anywhere, yet it became a huge hit based on word of mouth. In fact Iko Uwais who played the lead, was appearing in only his second film, thus proving that it is the story and the action of the film and not ‘star power’ that gets the fans interested.
So we here at The Action Elite have decided enough is enough. We are going to make our voice heard and we hope you will join us. Go to https://www.change.org/p/screen-gems-cast-scott-adkins-in-the-raid-remake and sign our petition. Please share this with as many people as you can. The more people we get, the greater the chance of getting the attention of the filmmakers and showing them that Scott Adkins is the actor you want to see in their version of The Raid.
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