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RED DAWN Villains Changed

North Korea becomes the villains in Red Dawn reboot.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 16, 2011
Source: Los Angeles Times

Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen starred in RED DAWN(1984).

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."

Check out the rest of the story here.

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.






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muddseye 3/16/2011 8:07:06 AM

the all mighty dollar wins again... FAIL!  Why not just make the invaders the French.....

LocoLobo73 3/16/2011 8:08:15 AM


SmokingFrog77 3/16/2011 8:09:31 AM

Because of course North Korea has the capacity to launch in invasion of the US mainland! Ppbbbbttt! Ok, I can understand the rationale, the DPRK is far more of an open enemy to the US than China, with whom a mainly economic rivalry is more subtle and yet to fully blossom IMHO. But still, they may have an army that dwarfs the USA's, but how the hell would they get them across the Pacific?  A least they didn't go with Middle Eastern terrorists or the remnants of the Third Reich.

ultrazilla2000 3/16/2011 8:09:48 AM

Seriously Hollywood?  North Korea?  An itty bitty country with barely enough ability to feed and power their own country, is going to somehow land troopers on U.S. soil and be of concern?  A country where it's citizens bare arms of their own on top of the largest military on the globe? Any attacks woth noting on U.S. soil won't be from troopers, it will be from nuclear strikes or coordinated terrorist attacks, neither of which could be stopped by a group of rag tag young adults!

Apparently this one is labeled FANTASY.

ultrazilla2000 3/16/2011 8:18:00 AM

Well...let me rephrase "the largest military on the globe" with one of the most powerful.  But add all the citizens with firearms who would defend in such situation?  The largest.  ;)

InnerSanctum 3/16/2011 8:42:14 AM

Why would China invade the US if they already own it?  

Johnnyathm1 3/16/2011 8:59:53 AM

Oh, man...why couldnt they just leave the cheesefest, that is Red Dawn, well enough alone?!?

doublec 3/16/2011 9:22:23 AM

On top of the rather obvious problems with this idea stated above, haven't they already wrapped principal production on this? They'd have to practically reshoot the whole movie.

Bryzarro 3/16/2011 9:22:46 AM

 LOL!!  This is labelled fantasy!  Because anyone actually trying to invade the US would be reality right??

Anyways who really cares.  In these time my guess is they have to watch who they are going to piss off.  Russia is too sensitive, China of course they bent to the mighty dollar, Cuba  LOL no freaking way.  So of course it's North Korea.  It couldn't be the middle east because the US has practiacally occupied most of it with bases and what air force do they have.

If you have to make a stretch then NK is the best stretchyouhave.  But come on of course it's fantasy!  

lusiphur 3/16/2011 9:26:37 AM

@doublec - did you read the article? 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."

Probably won't see this.  I saw the original and it was fun the first time. 

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