FilmDistrict To Release MGM’s ‘Red Dawn’ Remake

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:24 pm,

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It’s been months since we’ve talked about the Red Dawn remake here at Screen Rant. What happened? Did Chinese North Korean spies break into MGM and run off with the prints of the film?

No, I’m afraid it was nothing that exciting. Red Dawn merely got caught up in the long and tortuous MGM bankruptcy saga. That all appears to be over now, though, as independent studio FilmDistrict is striking a deal with MGM to release the film to theaters next year.

According to the L.A. Times, FilmDistrict will likely release Red Dawn in 2012, three years after the movie was produced. While this would be a problem for many films, the long delay between production and release may end up being a boon for the Red Dawn remake.

In the two years since Red Dawn was filmed, several of its star actors have gone on to become big names in Hollywood. In particular, Chris Hemsworth, who took on the role originated by Patrick Swayze in the 1980s film, has become a legitimate box office star thanks to the success of Thor. Hemsworth’s profile will only continue to rise with the release of The Avengers, which also comes out in 2012.

Adrienne Palicki, who starred in the failed Wonder Woman TV series and is also in the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel, and Josh Hutcherson, who is starring in the highly-anticipated teen action/drama The Hunger Games, are two other Red Dawn cast members who have seen their stars rise in Hollywood over the last two years.

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The new 'Red Dawn' cast

Frankly, the prospect of rehashing a 1980s action film that really only worked because it was set in the 1980s seemed like an odd choice from the get-go. However, with its cast and director (Dan Bradley, an accomplished stunt director who is making his first feature film), there are definitely some things in the Red Dawn remake that will be interesting to see, which is why it’s good news that it is now getting a release.

What do you think about Red Dawn finally finding a home? Was the film’s three-year delay ultimately a good thing?

Source: L.A. Times hat tip to Latino Review

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  1. …As the woefully inept N Korean Army starves to death, according to the last thing I remember reading about them.

    The end of Kim Jong Il’s empire: Good for the world, bad for this movie’s credibility.

  2. I had forgotten this movie was even made and I didn’t realize how happy that made me until I read this. I look forward to watching this on TMC at 2am one sleepless night…

  3. Great news.

    Red Dawn is finally getting a release date just like The Cabin In The Woods.

    Chris Hemsworth did a great job in Thor, he was the perfect choice for the role and Thor is now one of my favourite comic book movies of the year along with X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger.

    Now that, The Cabin In The Woods is being released a month before The Avengers, let’s hope Joss Whedon’s script writing is great as he wrote the script for TCITW so if The Cabin In The Woods turns out to be awful and bomba then let’s hope The Avengers turns out to great.

    Still I hope Red Dawn, The Cabin In The Woods and The Avengers do well at the box office as Chris Hemsworth deserves it, he’s a great actor.

  4. So they changed from invading Soviet forces to invading north Koreans. the 1984 original was great, and i hope this one will be too but some recent remakes have sucked.

    • Actually they changed it from the Soviets the Chinese, but studio execs wussed out due to distribution issues and after the movie was shot they changed it to North Koreans.

      So they took an idea that was at least remotely plausible and turned it into one that’s pretty dumb as far as who the invading country is.



    • I agree with Vic and they wussed out. The only country that would have a chance at actually invading the USA right now would be China (in fact it’s a semi scary thought)

  5. Give it another few years, it would be due for another remake.

    Or maybe CGI will be advanced enough and they can replace the enemies with full-body CGI models. :)

  6. I still dont know about this film, I wanted to see it when I heard about it but the whole changing it from Chinese to N. Koreans is stupid as hell

  7. As much as I like Hemsworth, this is a movie that didn’t need to be remade. I remember enjoying the first film, but I will have to rewatch it so I don’t have those rose-colored glasses on. It’d have been better to use invading aliens then North Koreans (or even time travelers from the not so distant future). As Craig Ferguson says, Kim Jong Il is the world’s angriest looking lesbian. LOL.

  8. My question would be for Tripp Vinson, i know he stated awhile back that the changes that were being made to the film would not eliminate all references to China, but gives North Korea a larger role in the coalition that invades the USA. What coalition??? besides North Korea, we know for a fact that Russia is involved in the film as there are Russian commando units aka Spetsnaz. Sounds to me like China is part of the coalition, just not shown in a big role in the film, in the Spokane, seattle, west coast its primarily Russian,north korean forces, and maybe Chinese forces get a mention invading the eastern coast states?? or something like that..I dont know?? It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, just wish they would be more specific about the invading coalition. For this film to make any since at all, China has to be involved somehow,North Korea could not get an army to the US homeland without Russian and Chinese naval and air transportation. WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!! i guess…

  9. Bomb in waiting but liked the original it was a classic.

  10. The fact that this was made when I was in the 10th or 11th grade around the state i live in. (In college now) and that it should of been released into theaters then again on DVD by now. My Expectations are really low for once… there is a michigan made movie I want to see fail.