Bowing to the Box Office, Red Dawn Switches from Chinese to North Korean Villains
In fear of offending the Chinese moviegoing population, MGM has changed the villains the upcoming remake of its 1984 cult movie Red Dawn.
Now it’s North Korean armed forces stomping around, not Chinese troops.
The original film, which starred Patrick Swayze and launched the career of a 19-year-old Charlie Sheen, tells the story of the Russian army invading a town in the Midwest. The Soviets are eventually forced out by a bunch of guerrila teenagers calling themselves “Wolverines.”
Filmed in 2009 in Michigan and set to be released last November, the Red Dawn remake was put on hiatus while MGM addressed its grave financial problems.