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Red Dawn

Teaser poster featuring the PLA's August 1 star
Directed by Dan Bradley
Produced by Vincent Newman
Written by Jeremy Passmore
Carl Ellsworth
Tony Gilroy
1984 film:
John Milius
Kevin Reynolds
Starring Chris Hemsworth
Josh Peck
Adrianne Palicki
Josh Hutcherson
Isabel Lucas
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Mitchell Amundsen
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 24, 2010 (2010-11-24)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]

Red Dawn is an upcoming war film being directed by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth based on the 1984 film of the same name.[2] The remake stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Peck as brothers Jed and Matt Eckert. The film is scheduled to be released on November 24, 2010. Instead of depicting a Soviet invasion of the United States heartland as in the original 1984 film, this film's storyline will be based on a Chinese invasion.[3][4]




A group of teenagers look to save their town by forming a resistance against invading Chinese and Russian soldiers.


"The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in. As ‘Red Dawn’ scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?"

Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter[5]

Two top executives at MGM, Harry Sloan and Mary Parent, announced that a remake of Red Dawn is in the early stages of pre-production in May 2008 at the Festival de Cannes. This was announced along with a big-budget rebuild of RoboCop, which director Darren Aronofsky among others has recently been in to discuss. The remake of Red Dawn is slated to be directed by Dan Bradley, who has previously worked as a second unit director and stunt coordinator on films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3, Independence Day and Quantum of Solace. MGM has announced that Red Dawn will be remade "keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in".[2][6] In a further announcement the same month, Dan Bradley has been confirmed as the director with Carl Ellsworth, screenwriter of Red Eye and Disturbia writing the updated screenplay.[2][7] Ellsworth will be working from a story written by Jeremy Passmore. Vincent Newman (A Man Apart) is also acting in a producer capacity.[8] Australian Chris Hemsworth has been cast in a lead role.[9]

Joining Hemsworth are Josh Peck of Drake and Josh and Adrianne Palicki for the film. Tony Gilroy, who wrote The Bourne Trilogy and Michael Clayton will do a rewrite of script. Kurt Russell is currently in talks to star in Red Dawn. Recently Josh Hutcherson and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Daybreakers actress Isabel Lucas have been added to the cast. The day after, Edwin Hodge and Connor Cruise were cast, thus completing the Wolverines.[10] It was confirmed that the film will be shot in Michigan, and part of the movie would be shot in Detroit. Academy Award Winner, Kirk Francis has been tasked for the Sound Mixing.[citation needed] It currently has a release date of November 24, 2010.[11] It has also been confirmed that they are filming the remake Michigan cities such as Detroit, Mount Clemens, Troy, Royal Oak, Pontiac, and Grand Ledge. The new film's opening football scene, which did not appear in the original, was shot at the former Detroit Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan. Watchmen and The Losers star Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star in the movie as Andrew Tanner. Near the end of September, Korean-American Die Another Day actor Will Yun Lee was cast to play Major Lo, the main Chinese military leader and counterpart of the original film's villain Russian Col. "The Hunter" Strelnikov. In October it was announced on the official movie website, that Avatar star Matt Gerald and Ken Choi would play as soldiers within Andrew Tanner's group.[citation needed]

During filming, it has been revealed that the film will feature propaganda pamphlets, posters and banners featuring People's Liberation Army symbols, such as the August 1 star, according to photographs taken during filming. The posters, which are designed to be satirical in nature, attempt to garner support for a Chinese occupation, with slogans such as "Rebuilding your reputation", "Repairing your economy", and "Fighting corporate corruption".[3][4]

Principal photography began September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Filming has wrapped and has now entered post production.[12]


  1. ^ Benjamin A Shobert (2010-01-08). "US paranoia seen in new Red Dawn". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Fernandez, Jay A.; Borys Kit (2008-07-09). "'Red Dawn' redo lands director, scribe; MGM will remake the 1984 action drama". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  3. ^ a b c 好莱坞翻拍冷战时大片 “中国军人”穿07迷彩“入侵美国” - Tiexue (Original report from XINHUA). Retrieved 2009-10-04. (Chinese)
  4. ^ a b Dazhong Xiao (2009-09-30), Hollywood remake of Cold War epic film, with strong drama depicting a Chinese "invasion of the United States". Phoenix TV News, 30 September 2009. Retrieved on 2009-10-10 from (Chinese)
  5. ^ "Dan Bradley to Direct Red Dawn Remake, Carl Ellsworth to Write | /Film". 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  6. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (2008-05-17). "MGM: Two up for a remake treatment — MGM may remake the '80s action films". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Bartyzel, Monika (2008-07-09). "'Red Dawn' Remake Finds Writer and Director". Cinematical. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Ellsworth Penning Red Dawn Remake". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  9. ^ "Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily » EXCLUSIVE: Chris Hemsworth Is ‘Thor’". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  10. ^ Fernandez, Jay A.. "Two cast in 'Red Dawn' remake". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  11. ^ "Red Dawn". Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Pics From The Set Of The RED DAWN Remake!!". Ain't It Cool News. 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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