According to the chaps over at Latino Review, they’ve learned that the folks behind the upcoming “Red Dawn” remake recently hired writer Tony Gilroy to rewrite the script by Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passmore that most of the plot details from the movie have been derived from so far. According to LR, Gilroy delivered his script earlier this month, though they haven’t had a sneak peek at it, so it’s a mystery what Gilroy took out or added.
Why is this important? Well, the filmmakers behind the remake have already publicly stated that they want to do a grittier, more “realistic” action movie in the vein of the “Bourne” films (hello, shaky cams!), no surprise given that Bradley was second unit director on the franchise for a while, and the franchise’s success seems to have made an impression on him and the people footing the bill. Tony Gilroy, meanwhile, was the writer on all three “Bourne” films, so it stands to reason his introduction to the remake is primarily to make it more “Bourne”-ish.
As one of the three people in the fanboy movie blogging world who didn’t care very much for the Bourne franchise and its ridiculously shaky cam work, I can’t say as if I’m overly joyed to hear that Bradley and the producers seem to be really pushing this “make it more Bourne!” idea. Then again, the “Bourne” movies did make a couple of zillion bucks at the box office, so what do I know.
Shooting on the remake commences September for a 2010 release.
Below: Everyone wants a piece of Bourne. Hence, the befuddled look on Matt Damon’s face.