Almost 25 years after it was originally released, it’s been announced that Red Dawn is now up for the inevitable remake. Wolverines!
In 1984, the Cold War era movie - the first movie to be rated PG-13 - saw a group of high schoolers head for the woods after the Soviets and Cubans invaded America. With the weapons they had stockpiled, the teens did their best to wreak havoc on the foreign troops. (You can read my review of the Red Dawn Collector’s Edition here.)
Believing there’s no better time to revisit a story about an invasion on U.S. soil, MGM has greenlighted an update of its cult classic.
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Vanessa Williams giving up her Miss America Crown….the Summer Olympics in LA….The Cars stealing MTV’s Best Video Award from Michael Jackson….and Tommy Howell drinking deer blood on Red Dawn. These were things I distinctly remember from 1984.
I can’t even tell you how many times I watched Red Dawn around that time….nor do I really remember why. Could it have been because my best friend loved Darren Dalton? Was it because I was fascinated seeing Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders (Howell) turn into a cold-hearted Wolverine? Was it the newly introduced PG-13 rating? Maybe it was because young women (Jennifer Grey, Lea Thompson) got to help take down the Russians? (This was the era of the Cold War after all). So when I heard that they were coming out with a collector’s edition of Red Dawn, I was all over it.
For those who can’t remember the 23-year-old film, here’s a quick refresher: The movie begins with Soviet paratroopers landing behind a high school. They immediately start shooting at the students gawking through their classroom window. It seems the Soviets and Cubans have invaded the US and have basically started WWIII. A group of teens drives into the woods with the weapons they have stockpiled. Although they struggle being away from their families, they eventually create their own insurgency and do their best to wreak havoc on the foreign troops.
I kid you not. My husband loved the Watchmen comic book series so much he actually read the whole thing to me right after we started dating. Luckily, I had the pictures to distract me. And luckily for him—I married him anyway. Now, I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the story….it was just weird having a comic book dictated to me.
For those who are equally enthusiastic about the 1980’s Alan Moore series, you may be happy to know that casting has finally been announced for a film adaptation. Whether you agree with the choices in an entirely different matter.
- Billy Crudup (Almost Famous) = Dr. Manhattan
- Patrick Wilson (Little Children) = Night Owl
- Matthew Goode (The Lookout) = Ozymandias
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy) = the Comedian
- Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) = Rorschach
- Malin Akerman (Harold and Kumar..) = Silk Spectre
The Cold War-set movie will be directed by 300‘s Zack Snyder. While I may have feigned interest six years ago, I’m sure I will be there on opening day (assuming the production ever gets started). Meanwhile, there is one casting announcement piquing my catty alter-ego. Billy Crudup (the man who abandoned a pregnant Mary-Louise Parker) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (the man who just dated Mary-Louise Parker) are in the same movie together??? Muy interesante!
Read More | Variety
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