I’ve been meaning to post this for quite a while, and this lunch I feel the need to write a bit. As some of you may know, the classic 80’s anti-Communist movie Red Dawn was recently remade for a new generation. There was a lot of hype for this movie while it was being made. Lots of ink spilled about how this was going to be a defining pro-American, patriotic movie for kids, like the original was for my generation. Then… nothing. Well, now we know why: MGM got bought out by new interests, and I guess the Chinese market’s pretty important to them. You see, to bring the story line up to date, you can’t have the Russians and the Cubans be the invaders — it’s the Red Chinese that are the bad guys.
I can only paraphrase so much. Go read this and come back; it’s well worth it.
Back now? Good. I heard recently that the movie is set to be distributed next year, and haven’t heard word if it’s still hacked to pieces by bean counters. If it is, I vow not to see the movie. If you don’t understand why this is a Bad Thing, then I’m not sure if I could explain it to you.
By the way, if you feel like multi-national interests have too much control over the major movie industry, and would like to see a revival of American movies (and yes, there are such things as German movies, French movies, Chinese movies — and this isn’t a bad thing for the target audiences), check out Declaration Entertainment. I give regularly.