Red Dawn Remake Finally Set to Invade Next Year
Posted 09.28.11 by Ryan
The Wolverines have successfully fought back against the oppressive studio debt that has kept them on the shelf for years and will finally reach theaters, The LA Times reports. Next year, anyway.
Originally shot in 2009, the Red Dawn remake was scheduled to open in November of last year, but with studio MGM collapsing financially, the movie was delayed indefinitely. While other studios could have snatched up the remake — which stars now-established actors Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Adrienne Palicki (the upcoming G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation), and Josh Hutcherson (the upcoming The Hunger Games) — but the chosen enemy in the remake scared off potential studios.
Unlike the 1984 original, which saw a group of high school students led by Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen protect their town against a Russian invasion, the remake follows an invasion from China, and nobody wanted to go near that. In March, the decision was made to change the aggressors from China to North Korea, which, while not a financial market for the United States, still didn't help — at least not immediately.
Enter indie studio FilmDistrict, who recently released Drive, and, according to the report, are finalizing a deal with MGM to release the movie next year at a date that will be announced once the deal goes through.
While the higher profiles of the cast will certainly draw interest from potential audience members, it remains to be seen whether they will flock to a remake of Red Dawn. However, in March, producer Tripp Vinson ranted to AICN that the Red Dawn remake would speak to a particular demographic.
Red Dawn isn’t for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions — Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys — Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television — Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you’re a vegetarian — Red Dawn probably ain’t for you. But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cars that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the f**k up by American’s kicking some Commie ass — then we have something special coming your way.
Something special indeed. Next year, anyway.