Red Dawn remake finally set for release

News Simon Brew 27 Sep 2011 - 07:03
Red Dawn

After languishing on the shelf since 2009, the controversial remake of Red Dawn is set for cinema release next year...

Lots of films got held up, one way or another, when MGM went through its well-reported financial challenges over the past few years. One of them, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark, is only now set to arrive in the UK. However, the one that might just have sat on the shelf the longest has been the remake of Red Dawn.

This is a film that was shot back in 2009, and subsequently underwent digital modifications to change the villains of the new film to North Koreans (they were original Chinese). And it’s a film that’s struggled to find distribution in the aftermath of MGM’s troubles, given that, as the Los Angeles Times reports, no major studio wanted to potentially offend the Chinese government. China is, after all, one of the most lucrative growing markets for films.

Which has meant that it’s been left to an independent studio, FilmDistrict, to pick up the film, and finally push it towards a cinema release. It’s set to roll the film out in 2012, which may work in its favour given that its star, Chris Hemsworth, has now got a much higher profile, courtesy of Thor (and, next year, The Avengers).

Once a firm release date has been announced, we'll let you know. In the meantime, more details on the story can be found here.

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