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The Raid Director Gareth Evans Signs On For First His First English-Language Action Film

Ever since The Raid (a.k.a. The Raid: Redemption) premiered at last year's Toronto International Film Festival people have been getting very interested in the future of director Gareth Evans. While the movie didn't do exceptionally well at the domestic box office - making only $4 million during its limited run - it did blow critics away (including myself) with some truly stunning action sequences and direction. The filmmaker is already working on a sequel to the movie, but what are his plans for the future? Deadline has apparently found out.

Evans has reportedly signed a deal with Media Rights Capital that will see him start working on his first English-language action film. He will also be writing the script, and while plot details are currently being kept as a secret, the source says that the film will have two central male leads. Evans' current schedule will have him filming The Raid 2 next and once he is completed he will begin production on this mystery project. Deadline says that the project will be in front of cameras next year.

The filmmaker was born in Wales but moved to Indonesia where he started his directing career. His first feature, a drama called Footsteps, was released in 2006 and he followed it up with his first action film Merantau in 2009 (which also starred The Raid's lead actor Iko Uwais). Evans is also currently developing Breaking The Bank, a new film from Universal Pictures about the largest heist of all time. It's unknown where that particular movie will fit into the director's schedule.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.