MGM is set to remake Red Dawn, the 1984 cold war action drama, with screenwriter Carl Ellsworth recrafting the ultimate homeland invasion story about a new generation of besieged high schoolers. Dan Bradley is set to direct.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ellsworth said "the tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we're in. As 'Red Dawn' scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?"
Ellsworth will be working from a story written by Jeremy Passmore.
The original Red Dawn was the Cold War brainchild of writer-director John Milius, who devised a World War III invasion of America by the Soviets and Cubans. The film followed the scrappy insurgency of a group of Midwestern teenagers who take on their high school mascot name -- "Wolverines!" -- as a rallying cry of resistance.
No production date has been set.