Gareth Evans is best known for his Indonesian martial arts movies including The Raid, The Raid 2, and Merantau, which introduced the Pencak silat martial art to the world of film. Moreover, Evans is recognised for producing and helming the critically acclaimed Sky Atlantic television series Gangs of London, which stars Joe Cole (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones).
According to Deadline, Netflix’s overall agreement with Evans has been in the works for some time. Before making any announcements, both parties wanted to ensure that Tom Hardy was secured.
After working together on the 2018 horror-thriller Apostle, which featured Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, and Lucy Boynton, Netflix expressed a strong preference for Evans’ approach and started negotiating a deal.
The producers of Havoc on Netflix are Aram Tertzakian for XYZ Pictures, Gareth Evans for One More One Productions (Apostle), and Ed Talfan for Severn Screen (Apostle, The Pembrokeshire Murders) (Mandy, The Silencing). Producer Tom Hardy is also a well-known celebrity.
In 2021, Evans discussed the film with Forbes, claiming that it is intended to stand alone and not launch a series.
He said to the publication, “That movie is absolutely a single production. There are no plans to franchise that at the moment. I believe that on a project-by-project basis, there is definitely room for discussion if I present something and think it has potential to be part one of two, three, or anywhere.
Who plays the characters in Netflix’s Havoc ?
Tom Hardy’s participation in Netflix’s Havoc was confirmed in February 2021. Walker, the aforementioned “bruised detective,” will be played by Hardy in the major role. Hardy is well-known for his appearances in a variety of movies and TV shows, including Peaky Blinders, Venom, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises, and Capone.
Forest Whitaker and Tom Hardy will co-star in Havoc, it was revealed on March 22, 2021. Whitaker’s persona is still being kept a secret. Whitaker also portrayed the title role in the holiday musical Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Adventure, a Netflix Original.
Timothy Olyphant’s involvement in Havoc was also made official on June 28. Yann Yann Yeo, Justin Cornwell, and Jessie Mei Li were added to the cast as additional cast members.
Quelin Sepulveda, Luis Guzmán, Sunny Pang, and Michelle Waterson are the other confirmed members of the supporting cast.
It’s understandable that many people assumed Havoc would be available on Netflix in 2022 after filming wrapped up in October 2021. The movie has now been moved back until 2023 or perhaps 2024, proving that this was certainly not the case.
Despite this, Havoc was conspicuously absent from the 2023 film line-up when it was announced. In spite of this, a director update from November 2022 indicates that a 2023 release may still be in the works, but it may be a tight window.
The Raid remake is also in the works from Gareth Evans at Netflix, though he won’t be serving as director for that one. Code 8 : Part 2 and Run Rabbit Run are just a couple of the numerous XYZ Films projects that are currently in development for Netflix.