Is Red Dawn Delayed?
06.12.10 by Ryan
The Red Dawn remake is set for a November 24 release date, but it may not stay that way. The LA Times reports that the movie has been indefinitely delayed, for no other reason than the studio has no money. This isn't the first project affected by MGM's financial woes.
Sam Mendes was set to direct the next James Bond movie, until MGM had to put the project on hold. The Hobbit has yet to receive a greenlight, a move that caused director Guillermo Del Toro to leave the movie. MGM did release Hot Tub Time Machine, but it made only $59 million worldwide at the box office (on a $36 million budget), likely not enough to fund a marketing campaign for Red Dawn and bankroll Bond 23 and The Hobbit.
Still, there may be no reason to fear. The Wrap contacted MGM's head of marketing, Mike Vollman, who assured the site that Red Dawn is "still dated for Nov. 24." Vollman would not comment on the LA Times report, except to say that the newspaper did not contact MGM for their piece (the Times spoke to an "MGM insider"). The studio may be hoping to quell the negativity as it awaits a buyer interested in the Bond franchise and willing to market its upcoming movies.
Red Dawn could be an appealing selling point to an investor. The remake of John Millius' 1984 original about a group of teenagers that fight off a Russian invasion has switched out the Russians for the Chinese and is filled with up-and-coming actors including Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Adrienne Palicki (Legion), and Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth and a possible contender for the Spider-Man reboot). The remake is all but finished, as it awaits a soundtrack, and, well, a theatrical release.
Should Red Dawn end up delayed, it could be for the best. The young actors involved in the movie could spring to superstar status, making the project more appealing to a buyer who could — finally — put MGM's money problems to rest.