A remake to Red Dawn has been coming for a long while now. In fact, the movie was put together and filmed back in 2009, but has faced many struggles and complications in making its way to the big screen. This new “complication” will not help its cause.
It’s being reported that MGM, the studio that has faced many financial woes and saw massive franchises like The Hobbit and James Bond in danger of never happening, has decided to make some monumental changes to the movie.
The original 1984 movie was set during the Cold War and saw a bunch of kids fighting the invading Russian Soviets, but in the remake it was decided to go with China instead, for whatever reason. Your guess is as good as mine. Anyway — distributors weren’t big on the idea of backing such a movie, especially with China getting much more involved in the movie industry…and having the money to back it up. The problem is, as mentioned above, the movie is already done.
So what’s the studio’s fix for this particular whoopsie? A complete post-production digital overhaul. The filmmakers behind Red Dawn will remove all traces of the Chinese invasion — flags, symbols, etc. — and replace them with North Korean flags and symbols. OK, so maybe not all traces. With the film already completed, the Chinese actors who were cast to make the movie can’t be re-cast and re-shot, so they’ll just be dubbing over them in North Korean.
I don’t know about you, but this may be the most disaster-bound thing I’ve heard involving a movie. We’ve heard about last-second re-shoots and other desperate attempts to put out a successful movie (most of the time ending in failure), but this has to take the cake. I can’t see one scenario where this flick’s story has a happy ending, but who knows, we’ve been shocked before.
Oh yeah, and it is worth noting that there is a brand new video game released recently called Homefront, which takes place in a future America that’s been occupied by North Korea (or the United Korea after a joining of forces with their brethren to the south). This game also has the help of John Milius, who just happens to also have written the script for the original Red Dawn. You can take that as you will; it’s unclear if the game played into the decision to use N. Korea in the China replacement.
What do you think of the outrageous measures being taken to get more positive attention from potential distributors of the Red Dawn remake?
[Source: LA Times]