"The Raid" Director, Titan Bringing Martial Arts Movie Franchise to Comic Books

Much like the Indonesian martial art it features, most movie fans didn't see "The Raid: Redemption" coming in 2011. The sleeper action hit spawned a sequel in 2014, and now the franchise is getting even bigger. Titan Comics and writer/director Gareth Evans are partnering to bring "The Raid" to comic books.

The upcoming comics will feature characters from the films in original storylines, using the same high-octane style as the movies. The original film focused on a single SWAT team trapped in a tenement building and forced to fight their way to the top -- and through a gauntlet of deadly killers. It introduced audiences to Pencak Silat, an Indonesian martial art that helped give the film its signature, pulse-pounding style.

"The Raid" premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 to widespread critical praise and earned an 85% fresh rating on >a jref="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_raid_redemption/reviews/" target="_blank">Rotten Tomatoes. "The Raid" 2 followed in 2014, featuring what Spinoff Online called a reinvention of action cinematography. Both films featured Iko Uwais as protagonist Rama, a cop on the Indonesian police force tasked with rooting out crime and police corruption.

The comic adaptations are currently pegged for a late 2016 release, though no release date or creative team were announced. The comics are being produced in conjunction with XYZ Films, the production company behind both "The Raid" movies.

A third "The Raid" film is currently in development, though a planned English-language remake may be dead in the water after The Tracking Board reported that it lost both director Patrick Hughes and was dropped by Screen Gems in October 2015.

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