That ‘Red Dawn’ Remake is Finally Coming Out

Film District acquires the rights to the long-troubled film, which went through extensive post-production meddling.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

See? We told you we'd be back with more Wolverine news sooner than you thought! Well, "Wolverines" at any rate. The remake of John Milius's cult classic Red Dawn, about a high school football team called "The Wolverines" who turn to guerilla warfare after Communist Russia invaded American soil, is finally en route to a theater near you, most likely in 2012.

Film District, the company that brought you the critical darling Drive, is finalizing a deal with MGM to acquire the rights to the remake, which was shot way back in 2009. What was the hold up? Well, you may remember that MGM went through a horrible miasma of financial difficulties at the time, but more importantly they were running scared from China, which replaced the Russians in this new Red Dawn as the Communist invaders. Of course, China is such an important foreign market now that MGM was afraid of pissing them off so bad that they wouldn't just reject Red Dawn, but potentially every other film from the studio. So they spent $1 million in post-production to change all references to China with references to North Korea instead. Needless to say, we're very curious to see how that turned out. And now, at last, we finally will. Eventually.

The Red Dawn remake gained a lot of interest lately, as it's an early starring role from Chris Hemsworth, who broke out in a big way this year with the summer blockbuster Thor. With that and his appearance in the likewise-delayed Cabin in the Woods, the future of his career is literally all behind him. Wacky. Thanks to The Los Angeles Times for the scoop.

CraveOnline will be back with more Red Dawn news after we figure out whatever happened to C. Thomas Howell. Where are you, dude?