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'Red Dawn' Producer Says Remake Isn't For Vegetarians Or Sissies; Spoiler Heavy Review Hits

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 18, 2011 4:21 AM
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While the "Red Dawn" remake continues to sit on the shelf, as it was reported a couple of days ago, MGM are looking to sell the film and trying to make it more internationally friendly. As you might recall, the plot of the original film revolves around a band of teens who fight off some evil Soviets. In the remake, the baddies were switched up to the Chinese who, as the plot goes, decide to cash in on the debt the United States owes them. But fearing that the film might be too controversial for the lucrative film market in China, the studio has decided to digitally alter the film scrubbing references to the Chinese as the main antagonists and instead slotting in North Koreans. Needless to say, the move caused some chatter in certain quarters, with some accusing the filmmakers of being pushed around, but producer Tripp Vinson is going to take that sitting down. Because he's an American dammit.

In a kind of embarrassing, totally Charlie Sheen-esque rant to AICN, Vinson went off about "Red Dawn" telling carrot eaters to people who cry to stay away from the movie because they won't like it. It's kind of amazing:

I know there is a lot of interest and questions as to the changes announced regarding Red Dawn.

This movie has been rebooted because the filmmakers all love the original movie. The experience of seeing Red Dawn as a young boy in the middle of a Cold War, was life changing for me and a generation. I assure you that everyone involved with the reboot is keenly aware of the responsibility of delivering a movie that can stand eye to eye with the original.

The changes made to Red Dawn in the last few weeks were made in consultation with military think tanks and people that specialize in game theory. Really smart people that spend their days constructing doomsday scenarios for our military and government. The type of people that know the limitations of the North Korean military. The type of people that can project a series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening to our Country. I can assure you, we listened well to those people, especially with regards to the capability of the North Korean military.

Red Dawn isn’t for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television - Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you’re a vegetarian - Red Dawn probably ain’t for you.

But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cars that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American’s kicking some Commie ass – then we have something special coming your way.

WOLVERINES!

Yeah, we're pretty sure he was on his fifth Red Bull of the morning before writing that. There is a certain insecure, over-the-top bluster in the defense of his film that comes through that nonsense and Vinson might be surprised to learn that criticism of the changes has come from a corner he might've expected to be behind him.

Conservative film blog Libertas was given exclusive access to an early screening of the film with the promise that they would hold their review. However, in the wake of the news that significant changes would be made to the film, they filed their spoiler heavy review early, noting the irony of the filmmakers backing down from a nation that very much has a poor human rights record and also actually does have a pretty big stake in the American economy. If "Red Dawn" producers were going for realism, they already had it. If you want to get more details on what's in store for the film, head over there and check out their analysis, though they do note that "Red Dawn" is basically an action movie first, with the politics second; they also prefer the original over the remake in the end.

Meanwhile, Dan Bradley's film continues to wait for a release, but Chinese or North Korean villains -- will it make a difference? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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9 Comments

  • Stephen | November 17, 2011 1:08 PMReply

    You need look no further than the guy the studio 'consulted with', Dan Mintz of DMG Entertainment, to see why they ended up doing what they did. From what I've heard, Mintz long ago sold out any allegiance to the U.S. in favor of cowtowing to the Chinese in pursuit of the almighty dollar (or 'Yuan', in this case). He appears to be a left-wing former New Yorker who has been living in China since the early 90's, his particular political ideology seeming right at home with the communist Chinese. In Mintz' opinion, the Chinese (and their record of repression, human rights abuses, hostility towards the United States, etc) are just "misunderstood". This is the SAME guy who, right about the time the remake of Red Dawn was being filmed, was at work producing what was to become "the number one movie in China!", the communist-funded 'The Founding of a Republic'. The film was commissioned by the Chinese Communist Party in order to 'commemorate' the 60th anniversary of their takeover of mainland China. Not tough to become the 'number one movie', I would imagine, when ALL good "members of the party" would be required to see it. Good work, Dan :)

    As a reward for prostrating himself to the Chinese, Mintz was also given the plum of an estimated $200 million advertising budget for the recent Olympics, in Beijing. These days he fancies himself a 'rock star' in China, the recipient of many, many government favors and luxuries that normal Chinese people are specifically deprived of. Which is just how socialism and communism usually work themselves out -- after the death of millions of people, of course, in order to pacify the masses.

    So, the 'suggested changes' by Mintz to the studio come as no surprise. When asked, Mintz' opinion of the remake of Red Dawn were that "The film itself was not a smart move." I.e., if it were up to Mintz, you would NEVER see this film. Especially with the much more realistic scenario of the United States coming under attack from the only other superpower left in the world, communist China. Even at the expense of spoonfeeding your fellow Americans a further load of propaganda (North Korea? Really?), you Wouldnt want to jeopardize your meal-ticket....right, Dan?

  • Vivian | March 29, 2011 1:38 AMReply

    "Changes WILL NOT eliminate all references to China though will give north korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the US."
    To me this sounds as if China will still be portrayed
    as one of the villians in this film along with the
    Russians and north koreans. and the north koreans
    will get more screen time with the changes being
    made. As long as China is still part of the coalition
    that invades the US, this film will have some sense
    of credibility, and will have a better chance of being a
    boxoffice hit.

  • Barry | March 23, 2011 1:51 AMReply

    Tripp Vinson you are so full of it. You sold out to
    China, just admit it. And you just killed what could
    have been a good film. Now the film will be known
    as the keep China happy film and it will be a boxoffice
    disaster.

  • Gerald | March 22, 2011 3:09 AMReply

    If Tripp has any sense they would release the
    uncensored version in the US and the north korean
    version in China. a north korean version in the US
    is not going to go over well. people are not happy with the decision to change the villians to north korean just to make the Chinese happy, not a care in the world what the american moviegoers think about this, does the American opinion not count MGM. go to any website discussing this and you will see most people are NOT happy with these announced changes. Its your decision MGM, release two versions, most americans want the uncensored version, not some crappy last minute korean makeover.

  • Stephen M | March 18, 2011 10:11 AMReply

    As Libertas points out, it's also pretty racist of the filmmakers to think they can go in and change the dialogue and insignias on soldiers and turn them into a whole different nationality because "all Asians look the same."

  • Jawn | March 18, 2011 7:18 AMReply

    MMA. just a bunch of bros rolling around in missionary position.

    but yeah i want to see a trailer then i want to hate on it.

  • screenwriter17 | March 18, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    into the valley of death rode blah blah blah...jingoism in its rawest form...hoo-RAH!...

  • CHRIS | March 18, 2011 5:32 AMReply

    Yep, sounds like Tripp V. He fancies himself a tough guy.

    Which is hilarious if you've ever looked down and seen him.

  • Paul Nelson | March 18, 2011 5:05 AMReply

    Stupid idiot - maybe he should speak to some of the professional MMA fighters - the vegetarian diet is currently favoured by many of these top athletes...

    http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mma/news?slug=dm-mmavegetarians021711

    It was also favoured by Hulk Hogan, and the roman gladiators were also vegetarian!!

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