Today’s Hollywood is different from the 80s. Back then, creativity and artistry were what ruled, not like the mercenary policies of today. For instance, if John Milius wanted to tell a story about dastardly Reds launching an invasion on the United States of America, he did it, provided the release date didn’t conflict with Star Wars or ET. But now that that story is being remade with a Chinese twist for a modern audience, and China is one of the biggest consumers of Hollywood product, concessions have to be made to commercialism. So the bad guys are changed from Chinese to North Korean, and everyone (except for Kim Jong-Il) is happy!
All of the Chinese flags and insignia in the already-filmed movie are going to be replaced through the magic of CGI with their North Korean equivalents, in a movie that is said to be costing MGM around $1 million. But it’s well worth it from an economic standpoint, since many potential buyers for the film have balked at its lack of marketability in China. Oh, how I long for the days when all you needed to sell a movie was an Ewok. (via The Playlist)