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Death by Dawn

by Zach Oat July 9, 2008 4:31 pm
Death by <i>Dawn</i>

It's hard to imagine that anything can beat the awesomeness that is the original Red Dawn. After all, it had Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey as teenagers fighting (and slaughtering) invading Cubans and Soviets. Plus, Harry Dean Stanton screamed "Avenge me!" from behind a chain-link fence. But they're remaking it all the same, and the writer and director attached to the project may actually be just what the film needs to become even more kick-ass than the original.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dawn will be written by Carl Ellsworth, who wrote Red Eye, co-wrote Disturbia and penned one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which the Scooby Gang turned into their Halloween costumes. He also rewrote the screenplay for the Last House on the Left remake due out early next year, and he just finished his adaptation of the Vertigo comic book series Y: The Last Man. From all this, we know he can write psychological horror, teenage banter, actual bloody horror and, presumably, post-apocalyptic survivor stories, so I say good show.

Director-wise, Red Dawn will be the first solo effort for second-unit director/stunt coordinator Dan Bradley, who has made people and things blow up in Quantum of Solace, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 and Superman Returns. Can he capture the emotions of a half-dozen teenage freedom fighters thrown into a war they never expected? Maybe not. Can he show Russian, North Korean, Iranian, Chinese and Venezuelan invaders catching fire in creative ways? You betcha. (Those countries are just guesses, by the way. Ellsworth says that the film takes place post 9-11, and not during the cold war again, and those are just a few of the countries we imagine might be tired of America's crap.)

Whether this movie can live up to the original, which was written and directed by John Milius (writer/director of Conan the Barbarian, writer of Apocalypse Now and HBO's Rome series) remains to be seen. However, something tells us it might be better than the remake of Robocop, which might get directed by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream). Not that Aronofsky is a bad director, but any version of Robocop will pale next to the Paul Verhoeven original. Also, I don't know if I want to see Robocop reduced to stripping for money when he's in desperate need for a baby-food fix [Speak for yourself! - Mindy.]

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