Last weekend, the trailer was finally released for Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 film of the same name. This version has spent a couple of years on MGM’s shelf due to a combination of the studio’s financial woes and the controversy concerning the film’s original villain, China. In the end, the powers that be apparently decided to edit the film and change the invading force to North Korea in order to, as the LA Times put it, stay on China’s “good side” and maintain access to its “lucrative box office.”
The modern remake… tends to be less of a remake—with that word’s implication of a word-for-word, shot-for-shot repeat of the original—than an update, an artifact of today’s world, rather than some relic with the top layer of dust blown off. If remakes can be accomplished with insight and imagination, and I believe they can, there’s no reason they shouldn’t exist…. And after all, if a story is worth telling once, it’s worth telling again.
We're not straying too far from the original story. It's about the Wolverines, a group of kids. And we're doing our best to make these kids realistic and relatable. There are parallels between these kids who become an insurgency and the insurgencies we've had to face in Iraq. . . . I want to explore what could happen, let's talk to some experts and see if this could happen today. Oddly enough, the timing of the remake could really tap into something with what's happening with the world right now.