'Red Dawn' Remake Ditches China as Baddie in Favor of N.Korea

      August 14, 2012 09:39

      A Hollywood movie will be released in the U.S. in November based on the scenario that North Korea invades it to cause World War III. MGM announced on Sunday that "Red Dawn 2012," the remake of the 1984 film of the same title by director John Milius, will hit cinemas in time for Thanksgiving Day.

      Directed by Dan Bradley, the remake shows the North attacking a small city in the State of Washington. In the original, Cuba and the former Soviet Union team up to invade Colorado. The shift reflects geopolitical changes over the last few decades, and the new version features rising stars such as Chris Hemsworth, the actor best known for his portrayal of Thor, Adrianne Palicki and Josh Hutcherson.

      The film originally described China as enemy forces. Production wrapped up in 2010 but it was shelved due to MGM's financial troubles. Then in May last year, North Korea replaced China as the invading force, apparently in a bid to tap rather than alienate the huge Chinese market.

      MGM made the change as it thought the North could more convincingly instill a sense of fear in the audience, its spokesperson explained. The producers used digital computer technology to replace images representing Beijing with those symbolizing Pyongyang, such as national flags and arm bands.

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