Principal photography began September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan.
According to photographs taken on set, the film features propaganda pamphlets, posters, and banners featuring People's Liberation Army symbols, such as the August 1 star. The posters, which are designed to be satirical in nature, attempt to garner support for a Chinese occupation, with slogans such as "Rebuilding Your Reputation," "Repairing Your Economy," and "Fighting Corporate Corruption."
In June 2010, release of the film was delayed due to MGMs financial difficulties. The delay came amid growing controversy in China after excerpts of the script were leaked on the website The Awl. The film drew sharp criticism from the Global Times, one of the leading Chinese state-run newspapers, with headlines such as "U.S. reshoots Cold War movie to demonize China" and "American movie plants hostile seeds against China." One of the articles stated: "China can still feel U.S. distrust and fear, especially among its people. Americans suspicions about China are the best ground for the hawks to disseminate fear and doubt, which is the biggest concern with the movie, Red Dawn."
In January 2011, the first cast photo was released along with news that MGM will release the film once their Chapter 11 restructuring is completed. Red Dawn is one of three already completed MGM projects scheduled to be released in 2011.
In March 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that MGM is changing the villains in its Red Dawn remake from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China's lucrative box office. The changes reportedly 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. The changes will not eliminate all references to China though will give North Korea a much larger role in the coalition that invades the U.S. Producer Trip Vinson stated, "We were initially very reluctant to make any changes, but after careful consideration we constructed a way to make a scarier, smarter and more dangerous 'Red Dawn' that we believe improves the movie."
posted on 08/10/2012 3:09:07 PM PDT
(President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
The parachute scene was filmed one street away from me. The house blowing up (plane crash) was a house built specially for the film, two streets away in the other direction.
It was a blast watching all the filming excitement. Got to walk down the street and see parachutes hanging in the trees and airplane parts scattered around.
posted on 08/10/2012 6:29:06 PM PDT
(We live in interesting times)
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