UPDATED: Here is an update on this movie, in lieu of a third happening anytime soon, it seems Carnahan still has it on his mind, sort of.
“The version that I wrote, they don’t ever intend to actually go in [to the building],” Carnahan said. “They think that they’re gonna’ move this guy. So their whole operation is, ‘we’re gonna’ hit this guy in transit.’ It’s not until they realize, ‘Oh, they’re digging in, they’re not moving, we’ve got to now go in and get him.’ It’s a very, very different script…It’s really, really, really about the brothers.”
PREVIOUSLY: So Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo have decided they want to take another shot at that big The Raid remake. But what, if any, major differences can we expect? Here is what Carnahan told Collider;
[It’s set in] Caracas. Because Caracas is a madhouse. It’s almost like a safehouse for bad guys, like they built this block in Caracas because this is where you come to do business and no one will fuck with you. Because it’s such a dangerous place, nobody wants to go in there. Again, it’s heightening elements of The Raid that were already there, I’m taking these story elements and kind of weaponizing them. Just giving them a shot of steroids, because again everything is about zagging—where The Raid zigged, we’ll zag.
But in addition to the action, Carnahan has zeroed his focus on the heart of the film, which is a story of two brothers:
CARNAHAN: It’s a very different relationship with the brothers, because their father is a very centrifugal figure in this thing. Without getting too deep into it it’s all about the idea that a man is able to create the version of himself that surpasses himself, but one of them sees him for what he really is which is not this world beater. It’s the opposite of—you know Liam Neeson has that line in The Grey of “My dad saw weakness everywhere,” it’s that guy, but he is weak. So the argument between these two brothers, the split between them, is about their dad. He built these things that are superior and that are real soldiers, but he’s not that. You bought that line, I didn’t buy that line. I went my way and you went your way.
You can read the full article here, where both men seem to be keen to appease fans of the original movie. If for some reason you still haven’t seen the original movie (which I described as ‘Die Hard on coke‘ in my review), it’s time to check it out, tonight!