We heard a while back that MGM was planning a remake of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop, but now it looks like they’ve got their eye on another 80’s flick that is ripe for a redo. The studio announced at Cannes this week that they were looking at producing a new version of the war movie Red Dawn. The original starred Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in the midst of “World War III”, where communist forces from Russia and Cuba have invaded the U.S… and guess who saves capitalism from the red scare? A bunch of football jocks from a Colorado high school! Classic stuff!
I don’t remember how well this movie did when it first came out in 1984, but I think nowadays most people realize just how silly it is. Robocop at least remains relevant, but what makes this a story that needs to be adapted for a new generation? First of all, it would have to be Al Qaeda terrorists invading instead of Russians… which begs the question: how can they even call it Red Dawn anymore? I don’t get it. What do you think, is this all just crazy talk?