When MGM was going through its financial crisis their Red Dawn remake got put on the back burner. At one point the movie got delayed indefinitely after the script for the film leaked out and they had no idea if the movie would ever get released. The script leak caused a controversy because of how it portrayed the Chinese. The Beijing-based Global Times had this to say at the time, "U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China" and "American movie plants hostile seeds against China." One commentary had this to say,
Despite the world's focus on U.S.-China relations in the strategic and economic dialogue and their increasing economic connections, China can still feel U.S. distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans' suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie 'Red Dawn'.
So to solve this problem, and get the movie back into game, 20th Century Fox has decided to change the villains of the film from the Chinese to North Korea. The studio thinks it will help them capitalize on the international box office. Here's what the LA Times had to report,
In the last few weeks, MGM has begun showing "Red Dawn" to potential buyers at other studios. Several people who have seen the movie but requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record said they couldn't risk distributing it given the potential blowback in China. The feedback led to MGM's decision to make the highly unusual changes. Although it's common to reshape movies in the editing room, there's no known precedent for changing the nationality of an entire group of characters.
"People close to the picture said the changes will cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean. It's impossible to eliminate all references to China, the people said, though the changes will give North Korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the U.S."
It will be interesting to see how this movie gets distributed, the same article suggests that the film might actually go strait to DVD.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Future THOR), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights TV show), Josh Hutcherson( Bridge to Terabithia/Journey to the Center of the Earth), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Edwin Hodge(Mental), Connor Cruise (Tom Cruise’s son, made appearance in Seven Pounds).
The original 1980's film followed a group of teenagers that band together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces.