Ellsworth back in the Red


“Red Eye” scribe Carl Ellsworth has been booked to write the remake of – something else of crimson complexion – MGMs “Red Dawn” which Dan Bradley, the second-unit director on “The Bourne Ultimatum”, will direct.

“The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in,” Ellsworth, who was 11 when the Patrick Swayze-starring original was released, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “As ‘Red Dawn’ scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again?”

The original “Dawn” was the Cold War brainchild of writer-director John Milius (“Conan”), who devised a World War III invasion of America by the Soviets and Cubans. The film followed the scrappy insurgency of a group of Midwestern teenagers who take on their high school mascot name — “Wolverines!” — as a rallying cry of resistance.

Aside from Swayze, it also featured Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey and C. Thomas Howell.

MGM are big on remakes at the moment – they’re also the ones behind the upcoming “RoboCop” redo. Hearing some rumblings about “Mannequin” too.