Gory First Look at The Raid 2: Berandal
One of the things that made The Raid so ridiculously memorable was the film's violence. The fight scenes were as brutal as they come, and there was enough additional gore to make even the most jaded viewer squirm.
The good news is that director Gareth Evans is continuing that blood-soaked tradition with the sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal. Check out the first gruesome still he shared online via his Twitter account below.
From the Press Release
PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films announce the start of production for THE RAID 2 (Indonesian title, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL), the sequel to the wildly popular international hit THE RAID (aka THE RAID: REDEMPTION). The film reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. Ario Sagantoro is producing for PT Merantau Films, along with Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Todd Brown for XYZ Films. Executive producing are Rangga Maya Barack-Evans and Irwan D. Mussry.
In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, and Roy Marten. The film is currently lensing in Jakarta, Indonesia, and is scheduled to shoot for over 100 days. Line producing the film is Daiwanne Ralie with Matthew Flannery and Dimas Imam Subhono serving as directors of photography.
Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
“We’re incredibly excited to start the next chapter of The Raid story,” said XYZ Films. “Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we’re eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal.”
“To all our fans, thank you so much for your support. We can't wait to come back and show you what we have been working on,” said writer/director Gareth Evans. “We'll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better, and bloodier! Wish us luck.”
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired the film for the United States, Spain, Latin America, and South Africa; and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.
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Source: Gareth Evans on Twitter