‘Red Dawn’ Enemy Changes Addressed by Producer Tripp Vinson

Having the villains be North Korean instead of Chinese is only going to make this reboot scarier and stronger.

Producer Tripp Vinson discusses the decision to make the villains hail from North Korea
Producer Tripp Vinson discusses the decision to make the villains hail from North Korea
The Los Angeles Times ran a story earlier in the week which revealed that the long-shelved MGM remake/reboot Red Dawn was being digitally altered to change the invading enemy force from Chinese to North Korean. Of course, a lot of fans and film pundits balked, calling this a "chicken shit" move. The altering of the adventure film, which sees a group of teens defending themselves against a militant takeover, is being done to make the movie more appealing to potential distributors, and to not disrupt our country's current alliance with the Chinese governemnet.

The digital altering of Red Dawn is ripe for discussion and debate. Today, Red Dawn producer Tripp Vinson has issued a statement via email addressing this very concern, saying that the decision to make the villains hail from North Korea is only going to make the thriller scarier and timelier. And perhaps even stronger.

Here is what Tripp Vinson had to say.

"I know there is a lot of interest and questions as to the changes announced regarding Red Dawn.

This movie has been rebooted because the filmmakers all love the original movie. The experience of seeing Red Dawn as a young boy in the middle of a Cold War, was life changing for me and a generation. I assure you that everyone involved with the reboot is keenly aware of the responsibility of delivering a movie that can stand eye to eye with the original.

The changes made to Red Dawn in the last few weeks were made in consultation with military think tanks and people that specialize in game theory. Really smart people that spend their days constructing doomsday scenarios for our military and government. The type of people that know the limitations of the North Korean military. The type of people that can project a series of events that could lead to some very scary things happening to our Country. I can assure you, we listened well to those people, especially with regards to the capability of the North Korean military.

Red Dawn isn't for everyone. So, if you are interested in seeing a movie filled with preachy political discussions - Red Dawn ain't for you. If you love movies in which Americans are the bad guys - Red Dawn ain't for you. If you get emotional watching daytime television - Red Dawn ain't for you. If you're a vegetarian - Red Dawn probably ain't for you.

But! If you like meat with your potatoes, muscle cars that roar, tanks, guns and things blowing the fuck up by American's kicking some Commie ass - then we have something special coming your way.


Tripp Vinson"

Hmm? He doesn't really address the enemy changes at all. Do you think this is the right choice? Comment below.

Red Dawn was released November 21st, 2012 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Brett Cullen, Matt Gerald. The film is directed by Dan Bradley.

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Comments (20)

  1. Dan

    F*ck him and f*ck his movie.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  2. Josh

    Tripp Vinson sounds like a huge douchesack.

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  3. Masta_Chiefed

    Well thanks Tripp Vinson. After reading your letter I'll never see this film, or any film you produce in the future.

    There is no tactical, logistical, remotely possible way North Korea even has the sheer man power within their army to overtake California... China does for sure.

    Speaking of China, The "think tanks" Vinson is talking about told him China wasn't acceptable, not that N.Korea was a better choice. He's pretty much telling all of us the govt talked to him and he's a big pu.ss.y. Keep this article in mind whenever you see an MGM production.

    4 years agoby @masta-chiefedFlag

  4. The Dark Knight

    China would be great though

    4 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  5. Mka47

    "and for the record" its just a movie

    4 years agoby @mka47Flag

  6. Mka47

    this is much better. north korea is infinitely crazier than the chinese, and more likely to try and pull a stunt like this

    4 years agoby @mka47Flag

  7. ElMasChingon

    hmm.. i need to see the original...

    4 years agoby @elmaschingonFlag

  8. skywise

    it would be scarrier and stronger if NK was a major threat to the united states but compared to China they are like the tiny kid on the block. I was excited about this film but now i am haivng doubts. It just does not seem realistic....no matter how valid it may be.

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  9. JEAVES66


    4 years agoby @jeaves66Flag

  10. Messenger


    You're missing my point. Even back then it would be impossible for an army to invade the US. Yes, the weapon advancements I totally agree with you on but like I said before, back then an invasion still couldn't have happened. Just as implausible now as it was back then so I don't know why it bothers you now.

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  11. joekerr2e

    I'm a big fan of the original. Plus, this only works when the Chinese or North Korea attack us. If it were vice versa, it would be a plane flying overhead and a nuke dropping, role credits... cause we can't ground war either of these. I don't really dig the story too much now since China and/or North Korea can't even get into ANY airspace without being detected, let alone over the US. @ejk1 ... The tech is way better, but I just wish they would f#$king spend some more money on the MREs... they still taste like $hit!

    4 years agoby @joekerr2eFlag

  12. thedude-abides

    Lol, @ejk1. "For the record, I think this guy Tripp is a douchebag." Classic.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  13. ejk1

    @messenger What's the difference between then and now? Smart technologies. Weapon Advancement. What, do you think all things military have stayed the same over the last twenty-five to thirty years?

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Messenger

    Screw it, I'll watch this. I just hope that it's fun and entertaining.


    Even when the original came out the premise was completely illogical and implausible it could never happen. What's the difference between then and now. But I don't see why they have to change the antagonist to NK cause hell, with the money we owe China, it wouldn't surprise if they did invade us.

    4 years agoby @messengerFlag

  15. SherlockHolmes2009

    @ejk1 I agree. And plus why would the chinese government be so offended

    4 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  16. Pjwolsker

    @ejk1 plus they're coming out with a video game where North Korea invades the US. its to similar

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 totally agree

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Gandoff

    Idiotic produceing.... This could be a good movie, even though I am not big on remakes. But to change the enemy from one to another this far past it being filmed is just stupid....

    4 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  19. ejk1

    This whole thing makes no sense. I mean, with all the technological advancements, An invasion force would be repelled fairly quickly. Red Dawn in the 80's was fun, and interesting. Red Dawn in the 2010's? Illogical, implausible, and in my opinion, stupid. For the record, I think this guy Tripp is a douchebag.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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