MGM remaking 'Red Dawn' for some reason
Further proving there are absolutely no fresh ideas in Hollywood, MGM has greenlighted a remake of 1984's seminal exercise in ridiculous premises, Red Dawn. Maybe the Soviets should have invaded after all.
Anyone who was a red-blooded 13-year-old boy at one time has seen this flick, which features an unbelievably amazing cast of unfulfilled promises, including Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey and the one guy who actually sorta lived up to the billing, Patrick Swayze (who played a badass named Jed).
But now screenwriter Carl Ellsworth will be writing a script to make all those Gen Y lazybones even more detached from reality, the Hollywood Reporter says. No word whether it will maintain its distinction as a PG-13 flick -- it was the first such rated movie to reach wide distribution.
"The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in," Ellsworth said. "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?"
We wouldn't go so far as to say Red Dawn scared the hell out of us, but it has made childhood daydreaming about playing soldier on the school playground while shouting "Wolverines!" a suspendable offense these days.