RED DAWN being re-edited to feature North Korea as its villains
Last year, we reported that China was not looking forward to the RED DAWN remake, as the People’s Liberation Army of China was to be the updated version's villain (replacing Cuba and Russia from the 1984 original). MGM has listened, making the decision to digitally alter any reference to China replacing it with North Korea, which includes but is not limited to flags, military symbols, and dialogue.
All of this making sense out of the interest of dollars and cents, as China is "the fastest-growing and potentially most lucrative markets for American movies" being the 5th biggest box office market in the world according to the LA Times.
All in all, the changes will "cost less than $1 million and involve changing an opening sequence summarizing the story's fictional backdrop, re-editing two scenes and using digital technology to transform many Chinese symbols to Korean." That's a small amount to pay considering that no studio will touch the film as is for fear of international repercussions in the time since MGM has been attempting to sell it off in the wake of their financial woes and subsequent restructuring.
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