'Red Dawn' Remake Finally Getting Released Courtesy of Film District

September 26, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Red Dawn

Back in June of 2010, we got word that the financial woes of MGM might cause the gestating remake of Red Dawn to remain shelved indefinitely. Since then we've seen a cool cast photo and rumblings of digital modifications to the film to change the villainous country in the story from China to North Korea, but there's been no talk about when we might actually see the film on the big screen. Now we have an answer as 24 Frames has learned that Film District, the company behind this year's releases Drive and Insidious is finalizing a deal with MGM to allow them to finally distribute the film sometime in 2012. More below!

After MGM went under in 2009, no studio wanted to touch Red Dawn for fear of upsetting the Chinese government, hence the change to have most of the invaders of our homeland changed to North Koreans. This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the film which features now big name talent like Chris Hemsworth (star of last summer's Thor) and Josh Hutcherson (who will be seen in The Hunger Games next March). The delay might end up giving director Dan Bradley more exposure and success than MGM's release of the film would've brought, and that's always good news for any filmmaker. Of course, some fans of the original are likely still against the remake, but it sounds like there's no stopping it now. Good news?

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  • Enrique Martinez
    No just no....:( 
  • Bruce Wintersteen
    This should have been released at least a year ago and it is a disgrace that it has been needlessly delayed. It has an interesting cast and shouldn’t go unnoticed by the public when it finally comes out.
  • Joker
  • I'm so pissed about this. Leave frakking classics alone Hollywood.
  • Lerryjee
    I was hoping the villains would be changed to SOUTH Koreans. Darn it.
  • BBrown
    Since they're editing the flag to be North Korean, are they doing any editing on the invaders? I mean, Koreans and the Chinese aren't identical... right?
    • Who's going to notice? It's a bad propaganda movie. Apparently they couldn't get any Koreans to act in it, so they got Chinese extras, I'm sure I read that somewhere. They should have left films like this back in the 80's.
      • Singular
        All the main Asian actors with lines are Korean.
  • Singular
    It's me again. Not to say First Showing didn't hear about. I don't know. But I was the one that commented here that this was happening especially the angle that the MGM sale was hanging on Red Dawn and the studios fear of China's reaction because that's when the Chinese box office exploded with Transformers, 2012, and Avatar. I had passed this story on, with evidence, to ain't it cool and they mentioned nothing of it. Only later to find out that one of the editors had some personal connection with someone on the production which is why he didn't mention anything of the story. I guess he didn't want to believe it.
  • Posthuman
    I wished they would delay all the 80's remakes. till....NEVER!
  • Asasdsad
    Is not to late to make the bad guys Mexican. Some look kind of oriental. And is more believable, China´s and NKorea´s navy are a joke.
  • CaptainAmerica
    Apparently those slanty eyed Asians are EVIL and need to be added to the growing list that Americans must fear and destroy! GOD BLESS AMERICA!




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