First, Han Solo no longer shot first. Then, guns were replaced with walkie-talkies in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Now the latest bit of post-production digital fixery is being applied to the upcoming reboot of Red Dawn in an attempt to make the film a more attractive purchase for potential buyers.
In the original film, a product of the Cold War, a group of kids from Colorado stages a revolution after the United States is occupied by Soviet forces. The remake, which filmed in 2009, casts China as the new villain. However, because the Chinese entertainment market is fertile ground for U.S. companies, MGM has chosen to go back and digitally alter the film, replacing Chinese flags and iconography as well as dialogue to re-cast the movie’s invaders as North Koreans, the Los Angeles Times reports.
While the change wasn’t spurred by any formal protest from the country, the movie has been criticized in public forums for casting China as the villain. Angering North Korea represents much less of a threat to Red Dawn‘s earning potential. In fact, just this week a video game called Homefront was released with the original film’s director and co-writer John Milius receiving a story credit. The game finds parallels with the plots of both the 1984 movie and its remake, following a resistance group taking the fight to North Korean forces in a post-occupation United States.
It’s probably too late to just re-frame Red Dawn as a Homefront adaptation, but it would certainly make more sense than David O. Russell’s Uncharted adaptation.
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