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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS Will Release THE RAID

The Raid was one of the most buzzed about films at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and ended up winning the Midnight Madness Award at said festival.

The film would have caused a major bidding war amongst studios, but Sony Pictures Classics was smart enough to have secured domestic distribution rights back at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, based on seeing only partial footage from the film.

Deadline is now reporting that the film is rumored to be playing the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and will feature a new score by Mike Shionda from Linkin Park and Joe Trapanese.

SPC also has the rights to remake the film, which the studio has set up at Screen Gems and SPC’s Tom Bernard and Michael Barker will release the original film in the spring of 2012.


Bernard and Barker were the guys who released Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 10 years ago and turned a foreign language film into a bona fide blockbuster… no easy feat when you’re dealing with a general public that does not like to read subtitles… Let’s hope they have the same kind of success with The Raid.

The Raid revolves around a swat team who invade a 15 story building and have to get to the top floor via the stairs to get to a drug kingpin… 100 minutes of continuous, off-the-wall action ensues.

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