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Following news of its worldwide sales back in November of last year, Radius/TWC has officially now acquired the North American rights to director Timo Tjahjanto‘s latest collaborative efforts with Merantau Films and XYZ Films for the new film, The Night Comes For Us. The news arrives on the eve of the forthcoming premieres of two films from both partnering production companies, Tjahjanto‘s latest co-directorial action horror thriller, Killers with director Kimo Stamboel, and filmmaker Gareth Evans‘ upcoming sequel crime saga installment, The Raid 2: Berandal.
The Night Comes For Us sees action star Joe Taslim (The Raid, Fast And Furious 6) leading the way as a gangland enforcer named Ito who returns from a stint abroad, and is forced to deal with internal war brewing in his own local crime family while plotting its own campaign of territorial expansion. The film will reunite several names from The Raid franchise, which brings Taslim back to the set once more with actor Yayan Ruhian, with further casting info to be announced soon, and Evans directing the action. The Raid 2: Berandal lead actor Iko Uwais joins Evans solely to design the fight sequences for the film, blending Mixed Martial Arts with Indonesian martial arts style, Silat, incorporated with Taslim‘s own familiar territory in the style of Judo.
The Night Comes For Us begins filming in the next few months, and is slated for a 2015 release, while Tjahjanto‘s new film, Killers, expected to release on February 1 and 8 in Japan and Indonesia, respectively. Evans will debut his new film, The Raid 2: Berandal tomorrow night at the Sundance Film Festival before releasing the film worldwide beginning in New Zealand and Australia on March 27, followed by March 28 in Indonesia and North America courtesy of Sony Pictures and Stage 6 Films, and future dates pending.
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While director Timo Tjahjanto continues to promote his latest co-directorial action/horror effort with fellow “Mo Brother” Kimo Stamboel titled Killers, things are still set in motion for Tjahjanto‘s own solo contribution as helmer of the latest collaboration between Merantau Films and XYZ Films for The Night Comes For Us. Some details have already been ironed out, including the plot, where we rising international action star Joe Taslim (The Raid, Fast And Furious 6) return to form, this time portraying a Gangland Enforcer named Ito who comes home to Jakarta after a stint abroad, and is forced to deal with internal war brewing in his own local crime family while plotting its own campaign of territorial expansion.
Before expressing his excitement for the final fight between actors Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman, and including some scene deletion details, potential DVD/Blu-Ray bonus features and more, Evans also went on to quickly hint on what would happen for the aforementioned “basic outline” for the third film, tweeting “The Raid 2” takes place two hours after the first, “The Raid 3” would start two hours before “The Raid 2″ ends.”.
Remember the first teaser for Killers, the latest Indo-Japanese action horror thriller from co-directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (dubbed accordingly as “The ‘Mo’ Brothers”) from October? Well, December is here as we are just weeks away from the film’s upcoming four-night premiere at next month’s Sundance Film Festival, and Twitchfilm just forwarded one of two new posters, in addition to the latest trailer from co-production company Nikkatsu, which, among other things, delivers in terrific, gut-wrenching, skin-slicing, repeat-stabbing, vehicular manslaughtering, freefalling and blood-letting fashion.
Writer and director Timo Tjahjanto shot off a few tweets on Monday after a completing the first day of choreography for the upcoming production of The Night Comes For Us. Following his previous collaboration with The Raid 1 and 2 helmer Gareth Evans now in the producers chair since scribing Tjahjanto’s Safe Haven segment in the summer 2013 horror anthology, V.H.S. 2, The Night Comes For Us brings lead actor Joe Taslim and co-star Yayan Ruhian back together in a reunion that is likely to be one of the most celebrated after their stellar performances in Evans’ The Raid, featuring the two in one of the film’s most brutal, solid and most pulse pounding action sequences ever put on film, a signature quality of the work coming from Indonesian production platform PT Merantau Films.
Described as a story of vengeance and redemption, the current synopsis for The Night Comes For Us sees Taslim taking the lead as “Ito”, a Gangland Enforcer whom after a stint with the notorious South East Asian Triad, returns to his local crime family in Jakarta only to find himself trapped in a world of betrayal and chaos as the Triad plans its bloody campaign for expanision. With the script currently full speed ahead in development and the film set to kick off shooting sometime this April or May, the bulk of the film’s hybridized fight action mingling MMA and Judo with Silat will be handled by Indonesia’s latest action star, Iko Uwais, who will appear once more as the lead in Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal this Spring, with Ruhian returning as well.
Choreo day 1 #TheNightComesforUs http://t.co/KDbH2a33LK
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) November 11, 2013
#TheNightComesforUs choreography @iko_uwais & @Joe_Taslim : bros before hos http://t.co/wPisla0uXL
— Timo Tjahjanto (@Timobros) November 11, 2013
Production of The Night Comes For Us also comes in light of the upcoming release of Tjahjanto latest Indonesian/Japanese horror thriller, Killers, with co-director, Macabre helmer Kimo Stamboel, who is poised to steamroll production with Ruhian in his upcoming lead role in One Good Thing with fellow actor and Chilean martial arts action sensation Marko Zaror, from a script by production company XYZ Films’ own writer and producer Todd Brown of Twitchfilm. Tjahjanto and Stamboel’s Killers is set to make way to the big screen this February.
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Hours after Killers co-writer and director Timo Tjahjanto delivered the brand new sales poster for his next directorial effort, The Night Comes For Us, Twitchfilm founder and writer, and XYZ Films executive producing partner, Todd Brown brought exclusive updates for the film, regarding credits and a new synopsis.
With writer/director Gareth Huw Evans’ The Raid 2: Berandal nearing the completon of its post-production since wrapping in July, PT Merantau Films will be back at it with at least two more films, each to be directed by The Mo Brothers, Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel. Tjahjanto took to Twitter on Sunday to unveil the new poster for his own upcoming production of The Night Comes For Us, for which Evans will produce and direct action sequences for Fast And Furious 6 co-star, actor Joe Taslim since starring in Evans’ 2011 thriller, The Raid (a.k.a. Seruban Maut), with co-star Yayan Ruhian coming off both The Raid and the forthcoming sequel.
Kicking off the first day of October is the new teaser for the upcoming psychological horror thriller, Killers. The film is the latest work from acclamed directors, the Mo Brothers-Kimo Stamboel and co-writer Timo Tjahhanto, which teams them up with Japanese production company Nikkatsu, XYZ Films and Merantau/The Raid/The Raid 2 helmer Gareth Evans under his production banner, PT Merantau Films.