There were a couple of additional casting announcements earlier this week for MGM’s Red Dawn remake — a project that I really couldn’t care less about. Joining Chris Hemsworth are Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights), who will be playing the same roles played by Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey in the original. What I found somewhat interesting, however, was the director that they had chosen for the project: Dan Bradley, second unit director for the last two Bourne movies. He is also the same stunt co-ordinator that was brought on board Quantum of Solace in order to give James Bond a Bourne-style makeover.
Clearly they’re hoping to make this a gritty, realistic action movie, which is about the last thing I can see Red Dawn becoming. After all, it’s about a group of teenagers defending their town from Soviet troops. At any rate, the Bourne makeover is pretty much complete now that screenwriter Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, The Bourne Ultimatum) has reportedly been hired to rewrite the script! According to Latino Review, the Oscar-nominated scribe will try and bring some complexity to the original draft written by Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) and Jeremy Passmore (Special). Suddenly I’m a little more interested. What do you think, can Gilroy turn this ’80s remake into something brilliant or is it a lost cause?