When it comes to producing a remake of an '80s cult-classic with foreign enemies, you have to choose your fictional villains wisely in these modern times. Would you rather piss off a billion-plus potential box office customers in China or draw the ire of far less North Koreans? That seems to be a question that MGM has answered for their upcoming Red Dawn reboot, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that producers and director Dan Bradley have switched foreign-invading villains halfway through the production process. Instead of the Chinese army dropping onto the American midwest, it will be the soldiers of North Korea.
In a feature piece about how Hollywood is trying to play nice with China (and those future potential box office returns), the paper reports that MGM executives gave the go ahead after learning that it would cost less than $1 million to do it. While acknowledging that it will be hard to take out all references to China, the studio says the process will "involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean."
They also added their reasoning behind the decision:
"We were initially very reluctant to make any changes," said producer Tripp Vinson, "But after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous 'Red Dawn' that we believe improves the movie."
"MGM has been working with the film 'Red Dawn's' director and producers to make the most commercially viable version of the film for audiences worldwide," said Mike Vollman, executive vice president of worldwide marketing. "We want to ensure the most people possible are able to experience it."
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Red Dawn will star Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Isabel Lucas and Connor Cruise. Helmer Dan Bradley led the production, based on a screenplay by Carl Ellsworth, Jeremy Passmore, Vincent Newman and Tony Gilroy.
Plot Concept: In "Red Dawn," an American city awakens to the surreal sight of foreign paratroopers dropping from the sky – shockingly, the U.S. has been invaded and their hometown is the initial target. Quickly and without warning, the citizens find themselves prisoners and their town under enemy occupation. Determined to fight back, a group of young patriots seek refuge in the surrounding woods, training and reorganizing themselves into a guerilla group of fighters. Taking inspiration from their high school mascot, they call themselves the Wolverines, banding together to protect one another, liberate their town from its captors, and take back their freedom.