[Movies] The Raid 2 Begins Production In Jakarta
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.01.2013
The sequel to the surprise hit...
Coming Soon reports that PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films have announced that The Raid 2 (called The Raid 2: Berandal in Indonesia). Writer/director Gareth Huw Evans and actor Iko Uwais will both return to the sequel. The film also stars Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad and Roy Marten.
It is currently filming in Jarkarta, Indonesia and will shoot for over 100 days. You can see early production photos below.
Here's a synopsis: 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.
The first film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Audience Award in the Midnight Madness section. It then played at Sundance and SXSW and then was released in the US through Sony Pictures Classics. It made $15 million in box office worldwide.
XYZ Films said: "We're incredibly excited to start the next chapter of 'The Raid' story. Gareth introduced a rich and fertile world in the first film, and we're eager to see him expand on that vision with Berandal."
Evans added: "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. We'll be there in 2014 with a film bigger, better and bloodier! Wish us luck."
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.