'Aspen Extreme' and 'Red Dawn' Redux?
A couple of classic Colorado-themed flicks are primed to make a comeback.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, aka MGM, is firming up a deal with Sony Pictures that could see the release of the already completed remake of "Red Dawn." This time, however, instead of taking place in the small town of Calumet, Colo., the movie is set in Michigan, where it was filmed with a new cast of heavily armed patriotic teenagers. And instead of the Soviets parachuting in to take over the country, this time it is the Chinese invading the good ol' U.S. of A.
Critics claim the remake is racist and demeaning to the Chinese.
Supporters point out it pretty much sticks to the 1984 script and simply substitutes an old world power, the Soviet Union, for a new one.
But controversy isn't what has kept it from hitting the big screen. MGM Studios' bankruptcy filing (of the Chapter 11 variety) in 2010 did.
Now the Los Angeles Times is reporting that MGM and Sony are working on an arrangement to finally get the film released. The ink on the deal isn't dry yet but if so, look out, the Wolverines may soon be swilling blood once again.
Even though the original “Red Dawn” is depicted in Calumet — a now-deserted Colorado mining town — it was shot on location in New Mexico. The remake was filmed in Michigan thanks to an incentive program that wooed the film industry with the largest special tax rebate (42 percent) in the country.
As if the prospect of the return of “Red Dawn” wasn't exciting enough, ESPN.com is reporting that “Aspen Extreme” writer and director, Patrick Hasburgh, is contemplating a sequel to his 1993 cult favorite.
He's even got the follow-up figured out: It would center around character Dexter Rutecki's son who would head to Aspen to learn about his father where he would meet T.J. Burke and hilarity would no doubt ensue. But, Hasburgh told the website, an “Aspen Extreme 2” would be darker than the original ski flick.
"My original idea was a much darker and more poetic story, but Disney wanted Top Gun," he told ESPN.com. "The film you see now is still only about 75 percent of the film I wanted to make. At one time I begged Disney to let me re-cut and release my version of AX, which I still dream about doing, but maybe doing a sequel is the answer to that. One of the reasons I'm passionate about a sequel is that I might get to fix what's wrong with the first film by making a clearer statement in the second."
He said a sequel wouldn't be out for a couple of years at the earliest.
It may not even happen at all.
So cross your fingers (not your skis).
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