Red Dawn Remake Continues to Get More Bourne-y

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.



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  • jorge ortiz

    I am actually excited about the remake but kind of sad too. I am a novce screenwriter working on a smiliar remake but with all due respect, its going to be way better than what Tony Gilroy has to offer. If any screen play agents are interested contact me. I guarentee it is extremely exciting, funny, and filled with everything that makes a movie great. One more reason its great in all honesty its because it would relate to modern times and feel real unlike what these really horrible screenwriters have to offer these days.

  • jorge ortiz

    I am actually excited about the remake but kind of sad too. I am a novce screenwriter working on a smiliar remake but with all due respect, its going to be way better than what Tony Gilroy has to offer. If any screen play agents are interested contact me. I guarentee it is extremely exciting, funny, and filled with everything that makes a movie great. One more reason its great in all honesty its because it would relate to modern times and feel real unlike what these really horrible screenwriters have to offer these days.

  • urAnIdiot

    Dude. You’re an idiot.

    • narful

      Why would you call him an idiot? You don’t know what the hell screen play he’s got? He may have been working on this since the original in 1984, you can’t just up and call him an idiot, without knowing anything.

  • urAnIdiot

    Dude. You’re an idiot.

    • narful

      Why would you call him an idiot? You don’t know what the hell screen play he’s got? He may have been working on this since the original in 1984, you can’t just up and call him an idiot, without knowing anything.

  • Carlos

    I still dont understand why they will not just use the Benology storyline
    Red Dawn Rebellion

    His story seems best suited for our time

  • Carlos

    I still dont understand why they will not just use the Benology storyline
    Red Dawn Rebellion

    His story seems best suited for our time

  • nc

    Are you kidding? How could “more Bourney” be bad? That could be the best thing to ever happen to Red Dawn.

  • nc

    Are you kidding? How could “more Bourney” be bad? That could be the best thing to ever happen to Red Dawn.