Michael Clayton's Tony Gilroy is Rewriting Red Dawn?!

June 18, 2009
Source: Latino Review

Red Dawn - Tony Gilroy

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.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Michael Clayton ruled. This remake will rule.

Adam on Jun 18, 2009


loved the first one, and if this plays out well im going to love the remake, bring it on

harrison on Jun 18, 2009


...fucking unreal!!!!!! I have had my best dream ever come true! The original was cutting edge in terms of depicting America's archilles heal (then - Alaska and MExico) Cant wait

Dan on Jun 18, 2009


...also, can throw out some ideas of casting Jed - Lieb Schreiber Matt - that guy from Dawson Creek - the one from Shutter! After all, they can pass for brothers in real life Robert - Ryan Reynolds just a thought.....

Dan on Jun 18, 2009


I am actually looking forward to this now that Gilroy i up for it. I did like the original, not the acting, but the actual story. If it could be done with greater depth, some action and some really good drama. I could believe this to be a great movie.

Bishopsring on Jun 18, 2009


DAMN!!!!!!!!! I thought remaking Red Dawn was the worst idea imaginable, but with Mr. Gilroy writing the script, this might be pretty damn decent. Let's just hope they get an A-list director too. But if they end up casting Zac Effron, we're FUCKED!!!!!!!



....gosh, i just got disinterested - Josh Peck?????!!!!!

Dan on Jun 18, 2009


at 7#- Have you seen him in The Wackness? He's amazing in that, I'm really glad that he's getting cast in more things now.

Caitie on Jun 18, 2009


matt damon as jed and hillary swank as matt they could pass for brothers in real life. hahaha as long as this film, at least, shows that not ever teenager knows how to use semi-automatic weapons on there first day of attack, that would be great. Also, stick with not-so-famous people. But then again, Hollywood doesn't have the balls..........

wm on Jun 18, 2009


Red Dawn... Bbut with Chinese and North Coreans this time? Ha! In any case, I'm really looking forward to the movie: a good script + some decent CGI for airplanes/ helicopters/ destruction & crowd scenes will do the trick.

Alex C. on Jun 19, 2009


Cant wait.

led panel on Jun 19, 2009


This sounds like good news. Just wonder if the Chinese and Russians will still be the invaders??

Larry on Aug 10, 2009

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