Red Dawn producer explains China to North Korea villain shift
The RED DAWN reboot is shaping up to be one of the most ill-conceived films in recent memory. Since its inception it upset China and Chinese people for its depiction of them as the main villain, invading and enslaving America.
Well it only took those behind the film years later to figure out it might not be the best idea to completely alienate their fifth biggest market. They just announced they were going to go back and digitally change all Chinese references to North Korea. Why North Korea? Because poor starving farmers don't really have time to go to the movies much, and the fat dictators and government officials that might hate us passionately already.
In an e-mail to AICN, producer Tripp Vinson explains the thought process behind the villain shift and the film itself.
I know there is a lot of interest and questions as to the changes announced regarding ‘Red Dawn.’
This movie has been rebooted because the filmmakers all love the original movie. The experience of seeing Red Dawn as a young boy in the middle of a Cold War, was life changing for me and a generation. I assure you that everyone involved with the reboot is keenly aware of the responsibility of delivering a movie that can stand eye to eye with the original.
The changes made to ‘Red Dawn’ in the last few weeks were made in consultation with military think tanks and people that specialize in game theory. Really smart people that spend their days constructing doomsday scenarios for our military and government. The type of people that know the limitations of the North Korean military. The type of people that can project a series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening to our Country. I can assure you, we listened well to those people, especially with regards to the capability of the North Korean military.
‘Red Dawn’ isn’t for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions – ‘Red Dawn’ ain’t for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys – Red Dawn ain’t for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television – ‘Red Dawn’ ain’t for you. If you’re a vegetarian – ‘Red Dawn’ probably ain’t for you.
But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cares that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American’s kicking some Commie ass – the we have something special coming your way.
So in short, "AMERICA, F*CK YEAH!"
|Extra Tidbit:||But don't worry, they've consulted with "military think tanks" and it's totally plausible that North Korea could successfully invade and occupy America. Good to know.|