Sept. 05, 2012 | 10:00 a.m.
After a bankruptcy, a sale and a makeover, the controversial remake of “Red Dawn” will premiere later this month, closing out Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The film is a remake of the 1984 action film starring Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen and Brad Savage as a group of Colorado teenagers (nicknamed the Wolverines) who wage a guerrilla war against invading Soviet Union forces. In the remake, the teens are from Spokane, Wash., and are played by a new generation of heartthrobs : Chris Hemsworth (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights), Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”) and Connor Cruise (“Seven Pounds”), among others. But instead of playing to Cold War-era fears of a Soviet occupation, the screenplay called for Chinese invaders. The film was made in 2009 for […]
March 16, 2011 | 10:44 a.m.
Los Angeles Times reporters John Horn and Ben Fritz reveal the changing battle plan for the “Red Dawn” remake … China has become such an important market for U.S. entertainment companies that one studio has taken the extraordinary step of digitally altering a film to excise bad guys from the Communist nation lest the leadership in Beijing be offended. When MGM decided a few years ago to remake “Red Dawn,” a 1984 Cold War drama about a bunch of American farm kids repelling a Soviet invasion, the studio needed new villains, since the U.S.S.R. had collapsed in 1991. The producers substituted Chinese aggressors for the Soviets and filmed the movie in Michigan in 2009. But potential distributors are nervous about becoming associated with the finished film, concerned that doing so would harm their ability to do business with the rising […]