EXCLUSIVE: Brad Ingelsby, the scribe who blazed on the scene with the script The Low Dweller and who recently sold the script Run All Night at Warner Bros, has been tapped by Screen Gems to write the script for The Raid. XYZ Films is producing the remake of the Gareth Evans-directed martial arts film that won the Midnight Madness Award at the recent Toronto Film Festival and was also a strong title at the Sundance Film Festival, with a new soundtrack from Mike Shionda of Linkin Park, with Joseph Trapanese. XYZ is run by Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, and Aram Tertzakian.
The original is being released soon by Sony Pictures Classics. All of this was made possible when domestic distribution and remake rights were smartly collared by the Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group back at Cannes, a buy made on partial footage that also gave Sony the inside track on remake rights. The remake was placed at Screen Gems, and now SPC’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will release the original next spring. As for Evans, he’s going back to Jakarta to shoot a larger-scale film that incorporates the actors and storylines from The Raid. WME and Energy Entertainment’s Brooklyn Weaver rep Ingelsby. Just to remind you of what is in store from The Raid, here’s the trailer: