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Red Dawn Finally Picked Up For Release
Film District have bitten the bullet

24 November 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: LA Times

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Red Dawn Finally Picked Up For Release

UPDATE: The revolution was only postponed: Red Dawn has just been given a release date of November 2, 2012 (in the States, at least). That's a mere three years after it was shot. Its opening weekend wil see it up against Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in Mother's Curse, and the Disney animation Wreck-It Ralph.

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Remember the remake of Red Dawn? Filmed in 2009 with Chris Hemsworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, and directed by Dan Bradley, it's been sitting on the shelf ever since, due to the ructions at MGM. All did not seem hopeful, but the LA Times are reporting that Film District, the company behind Insidious, Drive and The Rum Diary, has liberated the film using their in-house team of teenage guerillas*, meaning it can now finally see the light of day.

The original Red Dawn, you'll be more than aware, was John Milius' Reaganite fable of an alternate 80s America, invaded by communist Russia and its Latin American allies, and defended by Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and their band of renegade "Wolverines". Milius co-wrote the script with Kevin "Waterworld" Reynolds.

The remake is the directorial debut of stunt-coordinator and second-unit man Dan Bradley, who can boast credits on the Bourne and Spider-Man movies, Quantum of Solace, Superman Returns and ID4. Helming a $60m studio tentpole should have been a big deal for him then, but has proved to be a ball-ache of the highest order, not least due to the decision to re-cast the Red Menace as Chinese rather than Soviet. 

MGM declined to release the film when it emerged from its bankruptcy troubles, and no other studio would touch it either, for fear of offending China and its rather important market. Hence the movie was re-jigged last year to digitally edit and manipulate the enemy into a North Korean force (hopefully with more success than the Steven Seagal comedy Attack Force, which turned vampire aliens into human drug addicts in post-production). Dastardly North Koreans are no more politically correct than dastardly Chinese, but it doesn't matter because North Koreans don't watch Hollywood films. 

Film District have declined to comment, since the details are still being thrashed out, but the new Red Dawn is now expected to invade theatres sometime in 2012. Whether it was worth the bother remains to be seen...

*Possibly not quite what happened.


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Leave It In The Can!
What a waste...NK invadining the US....why not change it to the Phillipines or Fiji invading the US....what a joke... I know it's just a movie but what a stretch. Should have just took that $60 Million and flushed it...All to be PC....another remake that won't live up to the original. No wonder MGM was in financial problems. More

Posted by Vtepes2 at 16:53 on 28 November 2011 | Report This Post

America is the biggest, you will never be small
It's a fun complex America has. They always want to be the little guy who's getting bullied, but they are the fattest, biggest kid in the classroom themselves. Hell, they killed the little guy 300 years ago on their own continent. Which makes it extra hilarious in the latest videogamestrend where America gets invaded (not just Call of Duty!) by Koreans and Russians. More

Posted by Bluehawk at 12:54 on 24 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sabrina
SO glad to see that things are finally looking up for this film! I have worked on a lot of films, but I really enjoyed being a stand-in on this film back in fall of '09. I had the time of my life! I've been highly anticipating the release of this, but I hope that this time in 2012 I won't come accross an artical saying that the film will come out in 2013. I feel like every year they keep pushing it forward, and it really disappoints me. This time I have a good feeling though! Out of all of the m More

Posted by SabrinaDungan at 06:38 on 09 October 2011 | Report This Post

gregorro is spot on
the idea of ANYONE invading the US and even getting so much as a foot on the ground is utterly laughable..whether it be in crap films like Red Dawn or in video games like Call of Duty More

Posted by bigmeuprudeboy1 at 11:42 on 29 September 2011 | Report This Post

Huh?
Why would a country the size of one of America's lakes, want to invade and try and take over America. It makes no sense whatsover, not to mention, highly unlikely. We belived the Russians would pull something like this, so why change the bad guys. We still don't trust Russians, especially after the spy thing that was uncovered recently. Not that North Koreans cannot be scary. But the great thing with the original Red Dawn, is that you could empathise with some of the Russians and the Cubans, as More

Posted by gregorro at 15:58 on 28 September 2011 | Report This Post

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