With debut director Dan Bradley’s Red Dawn remake finally being released later this year, two new images have cropped up online. The 1984 original, starring Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Gray and C. Thomas Howell, became a cult classic, thanks in part to a group of American teenagers defending their town from invading forces from the Soviet Union. Look for the remake to cast the villains as North Koreans this time around. The surprisingly strong cast features Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Connor Cruise. Red Dawn should finally be in theaters on November 21st of this year. Hit the jump to see the newly released images and to read up on some choice quotes from the cast. Wolverines!
While I’ve interviewed many people over the past seven years, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is one my favorites. No matter where and when we talk, he’s always brutally honest and willing to have fun. Which brings me to last week at Comic-Con. When my scheduled interview had to be changed at the last minute, Morgan was the one who suggested meeting up after he’d finished his press for the day so we could have an extended conversation. Needless to say, I immediately said yes.
During the interview we talked about his thoughts on Before Watchmen, Watchmen‘s extended cut, his upcoming horror movie The Posession (here’s the first trailer) which also stars Kyra Sedgwick, and Natasha Calis, Red Dawn, Magic City, what it’s like to film on location in Miami, being at Comic-Con, and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea with Jessica Biel and Chloe Moretz. Hit the jump to watch.
In the indie crime drama Thin Ice, actress Lea Thompson plays Jo Ann Prohaska, a woman who has been often wronged by her insurance agent husband, Mickey (Greg Kinnear). A self-proclaimed master of spin, Mickey believes that if he can make his business a success, he’ll be able to reunite with his estranged wife and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather, but instead gets mixed up in a spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing that will push him to the breaking point.
At the film’s press day, Lea Thompson talked about how this role came about for her thanks to her cat Stinky Pete, what she enjoys about directing, that she’d like to direct an episode of her hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth, her shock that she hasn’t done more big studio films in the last 20 years, that she would love to play a really evil character someday, what she thinks of a possible Back to the Future musical on Broadway, her reaction to the remake of Red Dawn (which she originally did in 1984), the professional advice she’s given her actor daughters, and how being told by Mikhail Baryshnikov that she didn’t have a dancer’s body ultimately led her to having a successful, longtime career as an actress. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
We’ve got some new release dates to share with you today:
- The Red Dawn remake will finally open on November 2nd, 2012.
- The feature film version of Pixels, based on the short, is slated for May 17th, 2013.
- Roland Emmerich‘s sci-fi pic Singularity has been pushed back to November 1st, 2013.
Hit the jump for more info on the films, and to watch the short film version of Pixels.
The remake of Red Dawn, the last of the MGM films stuck in limbo after the studio went into financial meltdown, has finally found a distributor. 24 Frames reports that FilmDistrict, the studio behind Drive and Soul Surfer, has acquired the distribution rights to the movie, which was made back in 2009. John Milius’ 1984 movie centered on a group of small-town teenagers fighting off a Russian invasion. It’s a fear-mongering Red Scare film that seems painfully dated even though the collapse of the USSR was still seven years away from the time of the movie’s release. Dan Bradley’s remake originally cast China as the communist threat, but upon discovery that China actually has money and could provide solid international box office, the villains were changed to the economically isolated North Koreans because apparently one Asian race is as good as another provided you are a racist.
Final details on the deal are still being worked out but the film will likely hit theaters in 2012. The film stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Earlier this week, we reported that the producers behind the remake of Red Dawn were digitally changing the film’s main villain to North Korea in order to secure international distribution to the remake’s original evil country, China. For those unfamiliar with the plot, the story centers on a group of teenagers who defend their town from an invading communist force.
The film was set to be released last November, but was put on the shelf due to MGM’s bankruptcy. Producers are now looking for a new distributor and they’re willing to change the villain in order to make the movie more appealing to international distributors who know that China has some serious spending power. I found the change to be ludicrous and racially insensitive, but producer Tripp Vinson has let me know that the remake of Red Dawn isn’t for me and that top men have said North Korea is a viable threat. Top men. Hit the jump for Vinson’s angry missive and my response.
The upcoming remake of the 1984 action flick Red Dawn had changed the lead communist villain from Russia to China. But MGM, the studio behind the remake, has concluded that China, commie as they may be, still offers the possibility of lucrative international box office. With this in mind, the studio is making it so that the country who invades the U.S. this time around is…North Korea. The LA Times reports:
The filmmakers now are digitally erasing Chinese flags and military symbols from “Red Dawn,” substituting dialogue and altering the film to depict much of the invading force as being from North Korea, an isolated country where American media companies have no dollars at stake.
Hit the jump for more on this silly change. The remake of Red Dawn stars Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
The coverage of the MGM financial woes has generally focused on Bond 23 and The Hobbit due to their Major Property status. But that status meant that their eventuality was never really in doubt so much as the timing. Sure enough, Warner Bros. will partner with MGM to distribute The Hobbit, and MGM is close to formalizing a similar deal with Sony Pictures that, yes, includes Bond 23. However, I’m more interested in two different titles that are likely to be included in the Sony/MGM deal: Red Dawn and Cabin in the Woods.
Both films are in the can, but there is doubt either would ever see the light of day after prolonged delays. I dislike that hypothetical. The Red Dawn remake intrigues with the promise of cashing in on the cheese of the 1980s original with a notable young cast — Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right). But the true loss would be Cabin in the Woods, the directorial debut of writer Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) which he co-wrote with his Buffy the Vampire Slayer boss Joss Whedon. I’m not even much of a horror buff, but I need to see this one. Hit the jump for more on the potential deal.
An image of the cast from the upcoming remake of Red Dawn has found its way online. The film was in limbo due to MGM’s ongoing financial troubles, but now that the company has declared bankruptcy and begun restructuring, it’s possible the film will finally be released sometime this year. This image [via The Daily Blam] looks like it’s either a costume test or for promotional purposes, but I don’t think there will be a scene where the main characters gather to strike a pose and look directly into the camera.
For those who have never seen the original 1984 film, it centers on a group of teenagers that band together after America is invaded by the USSR. The remake of Red Dawn stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Josh Peck (The Wackness), Isabel Lucas (Daybreakers), Connor Cruise (Seven Pounds), Edwin Hodge (Take Me Home Tonight), and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
It looks like MGM is ready to start the new year with a clean slate and $500 million worth of capital to play with. The production company, plagued by a debt of $5 billion, is now helmed by Spyglass Entertainment founders Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, who helped broker the deal. The co-chairmen/co-CEOs released this statement about the status of the company:
“Beginning today, MGM is a stronger, more competitive company, with a solid financial foundation and a bright future. MGM is emerging from one of the most challenging periods of its storied history. We are honored and inspired at the opportunity of leading one of Hollywood’s most iconic studios into its next generation of unforgettable filmmaking, global television production and distribution and aggressively pursuing, developing and exploiting new digital platforms.”
Why is this important? Because MGM retains the rights to such franchises as James Bond and The Hobbit. And now that they have money to start paying people again (which cast and crew tend to prefer), they can release the movies they’ve already filmed and shoot the movies that were waiting for funding. Hit the jump to see what other films MGM plans on cranking out over the next few years.
You can go ahead and mark the Red Dawn remake and Cabin in the Woods off your calendar. The Joss Whedon-produced, Drew Goddard-directed horror is the latest film to lose its release date due to MGM’s financial meltdown. These delays have become a nasty habit. First it was James Bond 23, then Guillermo del Toro dropped off The Hobbit because there was no start date in sight, and now THR reports that Dawn and Cabin have fallen off the schedule. Red Dawn was scheduled for a November release date. But this is the second delay for Cabin in the Woods. The film was originally scheduled for a February 5, 2010 release date. Then MGM kicked it all the way back to January 14, 2011 for a 3D conversion and to make sure there were enough 3D-capable theaters. If you’re wondering why MGM is broke, it’s because of calculations like that.
As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Over the past few years, I’ve gotten to interview the actor on a number of different occasions. From the red carpet of the Watchmen premiere, to this year’s WonderCon, to an extended interview on the set of The Losers and Watchmen, and even a roundtable interview for P.S. I Love You. The past few years have seen Morgan talk with us a lot. Normally, talking with the same actor so many times might be an issue, but never with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He’s always incredibly nice and giving with his time.
Anyway, last week I got to sit down with Morgan for an extended video interview. We talked about making The Losers, I asked some reader submitted Twitter questions, what’s his thoughts on Supernatural and would he go back, and we talked future projects like Red Dawn, The Fields, Heart Shaped Box (which Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are developing) and Unblinking Eye. If you’re a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, you’ll love the interview. Hit the jump to check it out:
For many people, a new year means a time for new habits, resolutions, and fresh starts. For myself though, it’s always been about one thing and one thing only: 365 days of brand-new films!
And of course, Hollywood being Hollywood, there’s the usual litany of sequels, super-hero spectacle, remakes, and state-of-the-art Hollywood summer craziness filled with all manner of digital monsters and explosions. But there’s also new films from Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and – most intriguing of all – a ballet thriller from Darren Aronofsky. Come on, admit it – you know you got excited when you heard the words “ballet thriller!” All that, and we also see the return of Michael Douglas in his seminal role as Gordon Gecko.
Read on after the jump for my list of the ten films that – for reasons both good and bad – I’m most looking forward to seeing in the new year.
MGM, the studio of The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Singin’ in the Rain and many other classic films, is expected to be headed to the auction block where its library and logo may go to the highest bidder. The financially troubled company will manage to hold on to Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of The Hobbit, but it’s pretty much anything goes for the 85-year-old company. Hit the jump for more about who would want to own a constantly growling lion.
The first set photos for the remake of “Red Dawn” have popped up online and since I haven’t read the script or even really looking into plot synopsis beyond the premise of the original, I didn’t know we were going up against China. I didn’t really expect China to invade us but I guess Eric Cartman was right all along and that the 2008 Olympics were a warning and we ignored it. Now they’re invading and putting up propaganda and you and see some of it after the jump but remember: China does NOT have our best interests at heart. The poisoned dog food…the lead-paint toys…we should have seen it coming.