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March 16, 2011 - Red Dawn / Chinese attackers removed from movie

Scooped on Wednesday, March 16, 2011

In a move that shows both the stunning weight of international business making and the power of computers in today's moviemaking process, MGM is digitally removing all visual references to the Chinese being the invading army in its Red Dawn remake. Instead, the occupying force will now come from North Korea.

The reason for the change? In the past few weeks the movie studio has begun showing Red Dawn to representatives for potential new distribution companies. MGM wants to sell off the release rights to the movie, to generate some badly needed cash, but there had been a cold reception to the film from viewers because it paints the Chinese in a poor light. The thinking is that there could be a potential blowback against the parent company that distributes Red Dawn from the Chinese government or Chinese-based business. That negative feeling could become a serious problem for a mega-conglomerate like Disney, who has theme parks based in China, or Sony Pictures who could stand to lose business selling its electronics to China's 1.3 billion consumers.

To circumnavigate the problem, MGM has begun digitally removing all Chinese flags and symbols from the movie, replacing them with North Korean imagery. Dialog is also being altered as well to match with the film's new invaders.

Insiders with access to the production told The Los Angeles Times that the changes should cost MGM only $1 million dollars to make. Tripp Vinson, one of Red Dawn's producers, told the paper, "We were initially very reluctant to make any changes, but after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous Red Dawn that we believe improves the movie."

Quasar
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Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago

Is anyone actually going to believe that North Korea could invade the United States?

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Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago

[Insert] Requiem for Artisitic Integrity[/sarcasm]

"Oh we better not do that it might piss off the Chinese Money...I mean people"

Maybe a better idea is stop remaking iconic movies and pay someone to write an actual script for something new.

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Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago

arent the Communist Chinese and the North koreas like big communist brother/little communist brother?

 

also Quasar, I take it you've never seen Team America: World Police where the villian was Kim Jong ill from North Korea? LOL... well if we have to paint somebody in a bad light, it might as well be North korea... after all James Bond did it in one of the Pierce Brosnan flicks too.

if they are going to spend 1mill to digitally cover up all the chinese flags, why couldnt they come up with a ficticious 3rd world power like the Kommunistikos or the Stalinites? I mean it's not JUST a movie... it's also a remake so lets just invent a new third world nation to occupy us and pretend that we've been dealing with the kommunistikos or the Stalinites for years, they could be the fourth or fifth "axis of evil" they have recently aquired nukes and have a vast army to conquere the US with.... also our radar doesnt work, so they can get within 10 miles of our coastlines without being detected. LOL!

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Posted: 7 years 5 weeks ago

Whos your Daddy America? As long as the Chinese keep giving us their credit cards we will keep on being good little kiddies.. Im tired of this PC crap in the movies.. Why Captain AMERICA will only be called First Avenger in every other country but America is ridiculous..

Truth is the only ones that really could be a threat to the military might of America is the Chinese.. Because they are the only ones with the manpower and resources to do it.. In reality if Korea and Kim Jong Idiot had any really power they would have overun the mere 30k troops we have stationed in South Korea..  Their dying to do it but know they would get anihalated if they tried it.. 

The whole premise of the Movie should be that America has a radical president (oh wait we have one) and he basically tells the Chinese.. Screw you and our debt we are not paying it.. (but says so diplomatically) and that is what causes China to invade.. I think they changed the movie because they are too afraid that could really happen someday.. and they dont want to encourage it..

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Posted: 7 years 4 weeks ago

 If anyone remembers the ORIGINAL movie, the invasion force was originally made up of Cubans with Soviet support. I see this as something similiar. If China really wanted to start something, they'd use a third party so they could pull back if/when it went wrong.

Honestly, I have NO problem with this, I just want the frakkin' think RELEASED already!

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