Villains In 'Red Dawn' Remake To Be Changed To North Koreans Instead Of Chinese So MGM Can Sell It

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 16, 2011 4:20 AM
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North Koreans are the new Chinese, who were the new Russians it would seem. "Red Dawn," a remake of the 1980s film about a bunch of kids who keep those pesky Soviets from taking over America was remade by Dan Bradley (a stunt coordinator making his directorial debut) with the Chinese now serving as the updated baddies. But according to the LA Times, it appears that the film is undergoing a post-production makeover that will now digitally swap out Chinese flags and whatnot and substitute with North Korean ephemera. Additionally, dialogue in the film will be altered to match the story changes as well, which will not totally erase the Chinese but give the North Koreans a bigger role as the dudes who stomp on the stars and stripes. So why all the changes? MGM has been showing the film to potential buyers and without a chance to crack the Chinese market, potential customers are passing on the film.

The changes will apparently cost in the neighborhood of $1 million dollars, but Dan Mintz, one of the honchos at DMG Entertainment notes that in its current form, "Red Dawn" would most certainly face a less-than-pleasant reception in the giant movie market of China. "....there would have been a real backlash. It's like being invited to a dinner party and insulting the host all night long. There's no way to look good.... The film itself was not a smart move," he says.

And according to producer Dan Tripp, while they were hesitant to alter the film, he says the changes will now make the movie "smarter and scarier," which is an interesting way to spin things. The LA Times gravely cautions that if no buyers step up the film could be shelved, but considering the money already thrown at this thing and with "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth, in the lead role -- with co-stars Josh Hutcherson (”The Kids Are All Right”), Josh Peck (”The Wackness”), Adrianne Palicki and Jeffrey Dean Morgan also featured -- this will come out in some way, shape or form. There's money to be made and ledgers to be balanced.

Anyway, we can't say this will change the film too much. Written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth (”The Last House on the Left,” “Disturbia”) we weren't exactly looking forward to it, but let's just hope the changes don't go the route of Mr. Black at Kamp Krusty or Poochy's death on "The Simpsons."

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9 Comments

  • Greg Smith | March 22, 2011 1:16 AMReply

    if MGM has to redo this film, and the villians have to be the north koreans(lame) MGM should spend more money( at least another ten million) on some serious reshoots, with the reshoots I would have the Russians play more of a role, it would have to be the Russian air and naval forces that would get the north korean soldiers to the US mainland. and it would also bring some credibility back to this film. seeing Russian tanks, armored vehicles, gunships, and Russian troop patrols along side the koreans would make for a more credible film. With changing the villian from China to north korea all credibility has been thrown out the window. MGM has shown its fear of China and its disrespect for the american audience.

  • Larry | March 19, 2011 12:22 PMReply

    I think to please everyone, the most logical thing MGM could do it to release two versions of the film.
    Release it as is with China as the invader in the US, and the north korean version in China. A north korean touch-up version released in the US is going to totally be a boxoffice dud. Alot of people were interested in this film, their was a buzz to this film with China being cast as the villians, but now with it being changed to north korea the buzz, the hype is just dead. Sorry MGM you lost my money, hope selling out to China was worth it.

  • Earl McGraw | March 17, 2011 2:17 AMReply

    Do people really think the Chinese are that sensitive? I'll admit, they probably are, especially the pro-sensorship Chinese government. If Australia, my country, were shown as the bad guys I can't imagine too many getting offended. I'd probably find it hilarous.

  • Voice of Freedom | March 16, 2011 9:49 AMReply

    Omgosh, the only ovious reason they are doing this is because of Homefront. The same person wrote both stories, and they are hopeing to make a movie in the future. And the game came out yesterday. Am I the only one who notices the connection?

  • Christopher Bell | March 16, 2011 9:09 AMReply

    @Stephen

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11499931

  • Stephen M | March 16, 2011 7:45 AMReply

    Lame. If you're going to make this movie, the whole POINT is to offend the Chinese. The Chinese government is still evil people. Remember Lu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize? He's still languishing in a Chinese prison, and couldn't get out to receive his award. And no one said boo about it, because everyone's scared of the Chinese.

    I know I shouldn't look to Hollywood for political bravery and leadership, but this is sorely disappointing. They're just scared of China like everyone else. I don't know if this movie will be any good or not, but I have a fondness for the original, and I know it won't be any good if it has to be politically correct. If even our entertainment has to pass the "does China like it" test, we are well and truly screwed.

  • Daniel Thron | March 16, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    how awesomely meta. I think this film just became the most expensive political performance art piece ever made.

  • KT | March 16, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    "The film itself was not a smart move,"

    Duh.

  • Bradco | March 16, 2011 5:12 AMReply

    Why should this movie be re-made? What makes it relevant today? The cold war has been over for two decades. North Korea invading the US? How absurd! What about an original idea for a change? If you absolutely had to make this movie, why not set the story in the distant future where the US is no longer a superpower, ruined economically and morally from a second civil war? Then you could use an enemy that doesn't exist and not offend anyone.

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