Well, it's not dead, according to financially-strapped studio MGM, but it may undergo some hasty, VERY last minute changes because the studio doesn't want to offend China.
The only problem? The movie's main villain is China.
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In the original, which starred Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and C. Thomas Howell, America is invaded by the combined Communist power of the Cuban and Russian militaries, and a small band of high schoolers go from surviving in the hills to forming a guerilla-style rebel outfit. In order to avoid having to change the title (what's the point of a remake if it can't be instantly re-sold, right?), the makers of the new version simply made Communist China the invading military
MGM - now realizing, again, two years later - that they may want to sell this movie to audiences in China, are reconsidering the choice of bad guys.
Their solution? According to Collider, it's this: digitally change the Chinese flags to North Korean. Done and done.
So rather than a nation of a billion people with an economy threatening to dethrone the U.S.'s claim to World Superpower-ness...it'll be North Korea. Because really, what's the difference, right?
Good thing almost everyone involved in this has already locked down bigger projects. This will no doubt be a disaster.
Just to refresh your hazy 80s memories....