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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."