With one long-shelved project hitting theaters earlier this year in “Cabin In The Woods,” Chris Hemsworth hopes another movie bearing his name, which also has been delayed, will make a bit more of a splash than that excellent horror flick. “Red Dawn” — yes, a remake of the jingoistic 1984 movie — is headed to your multiplex this fall, and few new images have arrived.
The story of how this one managed to gather dust is a bit dull, but we’ll try to be brief. The film was shot and wrapped way back in 2009, but the financial woes of MGM kept the film on the shelf for a long time as the studio tried to become viable enough to give the picture a release. Eventually, MGM tried to sell the movie, but it became clear that the anti-China storyline was going to be problem because studios/distributors are increasingly relying on Chinese dollars to pad out foreign box office, so some digital retooling was done to give North Korea a bigger role as the antagonists. And Josh Hutcherson, who features in the film, is candid about this last point.
“Originally it was the Chinese [villains],” Hutcherson told USA Today. “And then there was the thought that the Chinese own most of the companies making movies and that maybe it wasn’t the best idea in the world.” Indeed. And while the blown up profiles of both Hemsworth and Hutcherson should make it bit easier for the marketing team than it would have a few years ago, they are supported by able, but slightly less known names like Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, Adrianne Palicki and more rounding things out.
“Red Dawn” happens on November 21st.