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You may have heard that a remake of the 1984 U.S. patriotic action thriller Red Dawn was in the works, with the villain upgraded from Soviet Russia to the People’s Republic of China. You may have also heard that bankrupt studio MGM was shopping its completed-but-unreleased remake to rival studios as part of a financial restructuring effort. You may have also heard that this shopping effort was unsuccessful due to fears that being associated in any way with this anachronistic/prophetic xenophantasy would probably deep six your remaining opportunities within the Chinese market, and might also lead to sanctions from the PRC government. And just this week, you may have also heard that MGM subsequently performed a situation assessment and determined that the most appropriate course of action would be to convince potential audiences that the Chinese villains in Red Dawn are in fact North Koreans.
Read the details over at the L.A. Times
The difference between China and North Korea can be monetized at less than $1 million. “People close to the picture said 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.”