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Another Red Dawn


Sam Roggeveen


14 August 2009 09:33

One of my favourite foreign policy bloggers, Dan Drezner, has a post about the remake of the 80s action movie Red Dawn, in which America was invaded by the Soviets and their allies, and some high school kids take to the mountains to start a guerilla war. Drezner's actually a little late to this one — the Red Dawn remake has been in the news for some months, and I wrote a post last October arguing that Red Dawn had already been remade. It was called '300'.

Drezner is right that it would make no sense to have al Qaeda as the new villains in the remake. But he may not have seen some other press reporting which says that the producers intend to make the Chinese the bad guys (along with the Russians, again).

This would be a revealing commercial judgment. The producers surely can't believe that fear of China has entered the American popular consciousness in the way the Cold War stand-off with the Soviets did. So how do they expect to sell tickets to this movie? Do they have the Asian market in mind?

 Photo by Flickr user Michael Heilemann, used under a Creative Commons license.