Red Dawn Remake Pulls A Homefront, Retcons Korean Invasion

The forthcoming remake of Red Dawn, the 1984 film in which American teenagers band together to fight invading Soviet forces, will feature a North Korean invasion of the United States, similar to just-released shooter Homefront. Why is that so interesting? Because they already shot the film as a Chinese invasion of the States.

The film's producers are in the process of digitally altering the new Red Dawn, swapping out Chinese imagery and changing dialogue to make the film's aggressors North Korean, reports the LA Times. Studio execs were concerned about Chinese leadership being offended by the war flick and losing (potentially) a billion viewers over Red Dawn's choice of villain.

"MGM has been working with the film 'Red Dawn's' director and producers to make the most commercially viable version of the film for audiences worldwide," said Mike Vollman, executive vice president of worldwide marketing to the LA Times. "We want to ensure the most people possible are able to experience it."

Publisher THQ shared similar concerns when it chose a unified Korean invasion over a Chinese attack on US soil. Execs said China was just "not that scary". But it too was worried about China's reception to Homefront.

"The guys in our Chinese office said: Did you know that everybody on the exec team will be banned from coming into China for the rest of your lives?" executive Danny Bilson told Kotaku earlier this year. "They were afraid the ministry of culture was going to wipe us out."

Both Homefront and the original Red Dawn were co-written by screenwriter John Milius.

Reel China: Hollywood tries to stay on China's good side [LA Times]


Comments

    It's so nice that we all pander to a market whose ministry of culture effectively censors everything and oppresses its people.

      So a film meant to highlight the strength and resolve of the American spirit against an oppressive regime... has just caved in to an oppressive regime?

      My ironymeter asplode.

    Both Homefront and the original Tomorrow when the war began were co-written by screenwriter John Marsden...oh wait...

      Tomorrow When the War Began and Homefront don't have the same writers. The writer fro Homefront was the guy who wrote the original Red Dawn - yeah I forgot his name.

    Ahh communism, isn't it grand?

    John Milius is a great writer. I wish they had him do the new Conan movie like it was originally planned, instead of changing the characeter and stuffing up the remake

      Have a read his Homefront: The Voice of Freedom prequel novel. Somebody in the SA Homefront thread put up some brief excepts, and it's *bloody awful*.

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