Michael Clayton's Tony Gilroy is Rewriting Red Dawn?!
Wow, I'm not sure I believe this news! Not that I don't believe Latino Review, but I'm just shocked that such an amazing screenwriter has been brought on board for this. According to Latino Review, Oscar nominated screenwriter Tony Gilroy has recently been hired to rewrite (or at least polish) Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore's original script for MGM's remake of Red Dawn. Earlier in the week we announced that that Josh Peck and Adrianne Palicki would be starring in the remake and that Bourne Ultimatum second-unit director Dan Bradley would be directing. However, Gilroy's name is now the most exciting part of this.
Gilroy most recently wrote and directed Michael Clayton and Duplicity. Before that, though, he worked on the screenplays for The Devil's Advocate, Armageddon, Proof of Life, and all three Bourne movies. Gilroy is one of my favorite screenwriters currently working. Even El Mayimbe says he's "one of my top five favorite all time screenwriters." Besides all those previous credits, I'm certain he's done a lot of uncredited script polishing in Hollywood. Really, he's a brilliant screenwriter, and if he's involved with Red Dawn, then I think we can expect some very good things. My expectations at least have gone up considerably tonight.
Although I was looking forward to a modern day Red Dawn, I really wasn't expecting anything great until this news hit. I'm curious to see if this collaboration - Gilroy and Bradley - results in a great movie or not.