How awesome is it that we're getting a remake of "Red Dawn"? Seriously. Put aside your kneejerk -- and very natural -- prejudice against the rising number of remakes and just think about that for a second. The original served up an alternate-present 1980s in which Cold War-era Soviet forces invade America. A group of Midwestern teenagers take up arms against the aggressors, operating under the name of their high school football team, Wolverines. Included in this group are stars Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and C. Thomas Howell. Damn. Straight.
How is an idea like that not screaming for a remake? It's already been confirmed that "Thor" and "Star Trek" star Chris Hemsworth will be stepping into Swayze's Jed Eckert role. Now The Hollywood Reporter reveals that "The Wackness" star Josh Peck and "Friday Night Lights" star Adrianne Palicki have also joined the cast.
Peck will play Matt Eckert, Jed's younger brother and the Sheen role from the original film. Palicki is onboard for Toni, a tough cookie and the senior Eckert's love interest. The THR piece also reports that Dan Bradley, a stunt coordinator and second-unit director on "Quantum of Solace" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," will direct a script from Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore. All of that happened yesterday. Today brings a whole new level of crazy to the mix.
Latino Review has learned that Tony Gilroy, the Oscar-winning writer/director of "Michael Clayton," has stepped in to spruce up the Ellsworth/Passmore script. It should be mentioned that there are no quotes or attributions in the story, so take this latest update with a grain of salt. That said, Latino Review also has a knack for picking up scoops. So pour a little water on that salt and soak it in for awhile.
My hope is that we get a remake that revels in the campiness of its predecessor, rather than trying to update it with a coat of modern-day edge. The premise of Soviet forces invading a small Midwestern American town is several steps past outlandish. But it is also beautiful in its absurdity, with the potential to deliver a straight-laced farce on the level of "Snakes on a Plane." And yes, that's a compliment from where I'm sitting.
"Red Dawn" is currently set for a September 24, 2010 release. As we all know, these things are subject to change. Seems like a perfect back-to-school flick to me though.
What do you hope to get out of a "Red Dawn" remake? Standard blockbuster action? Over the top to the point of absurdity, yet done with a straight face? Pure, unadulterated camp?