Indonesian actioner to return with same star, director

Indonesian actioner “The Raid” is coming back as a sequel.

Producers are on track to begin production towards the end of this year in Jakarta with Iko Uwais returning to star and Gareth Huw Evans back to direct. The film will be produced by Evans through his PT Merantau Films and Los Angeles-based XYZ Films.

Producers said the sequel’s tentatively titled “Berandal” for the Indonesian market and will have a “significantly larger” budget than the original.

“The Raid” follows an elite SWAT team tasked with raiding an impenetrable safe house deep in the heart of Jakarta’s slums. As the mission quickly falls apart, the squad finds themselves stranded in the building and left with no choice but to complete the mission by fighting their way out.

Plot details of the sequel are being kept under wraps. Shooting’s expected to take 100 days.

“The Raid” had its U.S. premiere at Sundance and won the Midnight Madness Award following its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival in September. It will also be playing at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin in March.

Sony Pictures Classics is releasing “The Raid” in the Uniited States on March 23 and Screen Gems is developing an English-language remake which XYZ Films is also producing.

International sales for the sequel are being handled by Celluloid Nightmares, the foreign sales partnership between XYZ Films and Celluloid Dreams. Pre-sales are already underway with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group picking up distribution rights for the United States, Latin America and Spain. Alliance/Momentum has pre-bought for the United Kingdom and Canada; Koch Media has acquired the film for German speaking territories; Korea Screen has pre-bought Korea; and HGC has pre-bought China.

Sequel is for sale at the Berlin Film Festival.

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