Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption is already a cult classic and has received nothing but rave reviews from just about everyone who’s seen it. It ranks 7th place on imdb’s “most popular action feature films” chart and has raised the bar the same way films like Die Hard and Ong-bak did. Evans is currently in the process of making its highly anticipated sequel; and Hollywood producers are prepping up an English-language remake of the original.
So after The Raid 2 (aka Berandal), what’s the next possible project for the Welsh filmmaker? Empire reports that Gareth is currently in negotiations to direct a heist flick for Universal called Breaking the Bank, which will be based on the true story of how a UFC brawler named “Lightning” Lee Murray put together the biggest cash robbery in England back in 2006.
On an interesting note, The Wrestler’s Darren Aronofsky was originally attached to Breaking the Bank, but chose to do Noah instead.
Considering Evans expertise is obviously martial arts/action films (if you haven’t seen 2009′s Merantau, it’s also a must-see), it’ll be interesting to see how he handles a straight-up heist flick; but then again, Breaking the Bank’s story does involve a UFC brawler, so maybe there’s enough room for some hard-hitting action Evans is known for. In the meantime, check out our review for The Raid: Redemption, so you can read what the fuss is all about.