Mary Parent, newly in charge of MGM, ain’t wasting no time. She’s making moves on the Red Dawn remake that has been hinted at for a couple of months. Now a screenwriter and director are hired, so shit’s getting real. Former second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley (Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 3, Quantum of Solace) will direct from a script by Carl Ellsworth.
THR refers to the flick as “the ultimate
homeland invasion story for a new generation of besieged high
schoolers” but beyond that, we’ve got no idea what it’ll be about. I’d look for China to be invading the US, perhaps in some coalition with Iran and herpes. This isn’t Ellsworth’s first stab at a remake — he’s credited with Disturbia and rewrites on the Last House on the Left remake in addition to an adaptation of Y: The Last Man. “The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind
the post-9/11 world that we’re in,” said Ellsworth before deleting John Milius’ last few voicemails from his iPhone.
The same article also has a juicy tidbit about RoboCop, the MGM property we all actually care about. Try this: “a big-budget rebuild of “RoboCop,” which director Darren
Aronofsky among others has recently been in to discuss.” Now, taking the hope that Aronofsky’s next two pictures will make a little bit of money, I’d rather see him go back to making his own stuff, but man. If anyone would get and properly update the satire of RoboCop it would be him.