The official trailer for the 2012 version of Red Dawn has hit the web. The long-delayed Red Dawn movie remake was originally set for a 2010 release but was shelved owing to MGM’s financial woes. It is now scheduled to premiere in theaters on November 21, 2012.
As The Inquisitr has previously reported, the remake follows the adventures of a group of young people–known as the Wolverines-who fight back against a modern day invasion of the US by North Korean forces
Given the current international situation, North Korea seems like an odd choice. Why not China, the world’s emerging superpower?
During the film’s delay, the Red Dawn producers apparently decided to change the film’s invading army from Chinese to North Korean in an effort to make the picture more marketable. According to the Los Angeles Times, MGM spent $1 million to digitally erase Chinese flags and military symbols and re-edit some scenes and dialogue to make the North Koreans the bad guys because North Korea is “an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake.”
Directed by Dan Bradley, Red Dawn stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Peck, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The original Red Dawn, circa 1984, as directed by John Milius, has the same basic plot except that the Wolverines waged guerrilla warfare against Soviet and Cuban invaders. It starred the late Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, and Harry Dean Stanton, among others. It was the 20th highest grossing film of that year.
Watch the official trailer for Red Dawn: