The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes has closed a deal to direct Screen Gems’ planned remake of Gareth Evans’ The Raid. The original movie (titled The Raid: Redemption in the US) was a hit with critics and audiences when it was released back in 2011 and a sequel – The Raid 2: Berandal – is set to hit cinemas next month.

XYZ Films will produce the remake with Evans, and Out of the Furnace writer Brad Inglesby has penned the screenplay.

Interestingly, The Wrap reveals that “The Hemsworth brothers have been mentioned as possible targets for the hard-hitting action movie.” Of course, the fact that the studio wants them doesn’t mean that either will sign on, especially as both Chris (Thor: The Dark World) and Liam (The Hunger Games) are hardly in desperate need of adding another action franchise to their résumés.

The Raid: Redemption followed a S.W.A.T. team who were tasked with storming a building where a violent gangster and his thugs reign over innocent residents. One young cop has a mission of his own; to rescue his drug-dealing brother from the chaos inside.

The remake will feature a similar storyline, although it’s hard to imagine any Hollywood stars being able to recreate the same intense fight sequences as their Indonesian counterparts.

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