The “reboot” rumors and news have been flowing out of Hollywood recently faster than people leaving the Florida Keys before a hurricane. Some I’m not too keen on: Cliffhanger, Hellraiser, and Nightmare on Elm Street; others I’m looking forward to: Red Dawn, Fantastic Four, and Predator.
One particular reboot, Red Dawn, is now that much closer to becoming a reality since picking a lead actor. According Kellvin Chavez at Latino Review, Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Thor), has landed the role of lead Wolverine Jed Eckert in the upcoming MGM movie, helmed by Dan Bradley and written by Carl Ellsworth (The Last House on the Left).
Hemsworth was on screen for all of twelve minutes in the new Star Trek film and the consensus is he did a great job as George Kirk. Last week Screen Rant reported Hemsworth had also snagged the role of Thor in the upcoming Marvel comic movie.
Patrick Swayze played Jed Eckert in the original 1984 Red Dawn and I think Hemsworth has some big shoes to fill. In his prime (and until he got hurt), Swayze was THE man in Hollywood. He has recently seen some success on the A&E show The Beast.
Like Swayze once was, Hemsworth is quickly becoming a “hot” commodity in Hollywood. He has upcoming roles in Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods, David Twohy’s A Perfect Getaway and Stephen Milburn Anderson’s Ca$h; all of which are scheduled for release next year.
Ellsworth has not hinted what direction the story will take, but because the first Red Dawn had Russians invading during the Cold War, I’m thinking the Red Dawn remake will now focus more on Islamic extremists invading America. That is pure speculation on my part, but it would make sense to follow current political and world trends like the original did. I’m not sure how they will tie rural America and Islamic extremists together but I liked what Ellsworth did with Red Eye and Disturbia, so I have faith that he will deliver a decent story.
The original Wolverines from 1984's Red Dawn.
The only thing that raises my eyebrows so far is the choice of Dan Bradley as director. To date Bradley's only credits are as a stunt director on action films including The Bourne Ultimatum, Spiderman 3, and Crank. I fear, that for his first film, he may focus too heavily on his comfort zone and the stunts will be over-the-top and enjoyable to watch, but the story will get lost in all the mayhem (a la Michael Bay). I could be and have been wrong before (so my wife tells me often), so it could turn out that Bradley delivers a great movie.
Quick trivia: Red Dawn was listed as the most violent movie ever in the 2007 Guinness World Book of Records.
Red Dawn comes to theaters September 24, 2010.
Am I the only person looking forward to this reboot or will anybody else join me with their fist in the air and scream “WOLVERINES!!!”?
Source: Latino Review