The Raid & The Raid 2 were two of the greatest action films of this century. Sadly, it now appears the director of the franchise, Gareth Evans, has said a part three most likely won’t be happening.
After getting a taste for horror while directing a segment for the horror anthology movie V/H/S 2, director Gareth Evans was drawn toward Apostle, his new film coming to Netflix in October (read our review from its recent premiere at Fantastic Fest). When asked why he decided to venture into this new territory instead of delivering The Raid 3, here’s what he told us in a recent interview:
“The Raid 1 and 2 were incredible for me, but I just didn’t want to be doing The Raids all the time. And the more time has gone on from that, the less interested I’ve been to go back there. What we did with The Raid 2, we kinda close that off nicely, so it didn’t really appeal to me to jump back into that world again.”
It sounds like Evans isn’t saying no to a third film completely but it also doesn’t sound like he is coming back to the franchise anytime soon either. Despite saying he had a full story planned for a final film, Evans said you can have too much of a good thing.
To which I say, we can never have enough Raid movies!