It wouldn’t be a normal week in entertainment news if I didn’t report on a film remake at some point. Today’s target is the 1984 Chuck Norris vehicle Missing in Action. According to THR, MGM and the WWE are currently developing a straight to DVD version of the action flick. I’m happy that this won’t be in theaters, because the WWE’s films are less than stellar. I don’t want to have to sit through promotional trailers for this thing. Read more about the remake after the jump.
In the original Missing in Action Chuck Norris starred as a “Col. James Braddock, a POW of the Viet Cong who escapes Southeast Asia and heads back to liberate other U.S. captives.” The film spawned a franchise which included the sequels Missing in Action II: The Beginning, and Braddock: Missing in Action III. I always thought it would be funny if they came out with a fourth film called Missing in Action IV: Let’s Get Physical!
The remake will take place in Iraq as opposed to Vietnam to reflect the current military status of the U.S. The writer for the film is Jeremy Passmore who’s also penning the theatrical remake of 1984′s Red Dawn. Missing in Action is going straight to DVD, but Red Dawn can hit theaters? That movie was horrible. I mean horrible!
Do you think Missing in Action should stay missing or are you down for another round?