WTF? MGM's Red Dawn Remake May Be Delayed Indefinitely
Uh oh, this isn't good. An article popped up in the LA Times today (via SlashFilm) containing some bad (or potentially good) news: MGM's remake of Red Dawn has been delayed. Yes, I'm sure there are those of you who will rejoice over news that another remake of an 80's movie being shelved, but I actually wanted to see this movie, it had the potential to be pretty badass (at least from what I heard about it). Especially because some of the controversy surrounding the movie now involves the decision to make the Chinese the bad guys in this version. As in, the Chinese invade America and we have to fight back. Doesn't make everyone happy.
Half of the Times article is about a recent attack on the movie from a conservative blogger, but it eventually gets to the bad news. MGM was originally set to release this on November 24th, but as we know, MGM is bankrupt, doesn't have a new financier yet, and is putting everything they've got (likes James Bond and The Hobbit) on hold. Well, that means the release of this movie is on hold, too. Although it was shot in Detroit last year by first-time director & former stunt coordinator Dan Bradley for a budget of around $42 million, Times says this will stay in the can "for quite a while, at least until someone buys MGM" or they get money.
As for the controversial plot, the story in this does involve the Chinese invading America. A group of rag tag high school kids, played this time by Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki and Isabel Lucas, band together and eventually fight back. We featured some photos from the set last year and it looked pretty impressive. Plus, I had heard that they were bringing in quite a large amount of firepower and blowing up a lot of big stuff, which is always good. Although I love the original Red Dawn (Wolverines!), I feel like an updated, modern remake could be pretty badass, which is why I was honestly excited to see this.
So for now, Red Dawn is delayed. But anyone could step in, pay some money, and get the release rights for the movie. We're not sure when that might happen and we're not sure when MGM will get money. Until we hear more, stay tuned right here. And check out this early poster for the remake that LA Times posted, too.