Tomorrow When the Wolverines Began

An open question regarding the upcoming movie adaptation of much-loved Australian YA novel, ‘Tomorrow When the War Began’:

I can’t claim to be terribly informed here. I actually haven’t read the book myself. And whilst I’m generally a fan of Stuart Beattie’s writing, I feel he can be a tad patchy (‘G.I Joe’, anybody???).

But having seen the trailer again this weekend…

Isn’t this just a lame updated version of ‘Red Dawn’, minus a hot young Lea Thompson, and no Harry Dean Stanton yelling one of the most awesomely ludicrous lines of dialogue in 80’s Action cinema?

It’s doubly weird when you consider the fact Hollywood is releasing their own remake of ‘Red Dawn’ in late 2010, complete with overseas-based Australian cast members like Chris Hemsworth and Isabel Lucas, as well as the progeny of some dude named Tom Cruise.

There’s your difference between Australian and American genre filmmaking in a nutshell:

  • The Australian film has what is considered to be a monstrous budget in this country, $20 million, and stars the son of 80’s Rugby League star Wally Lewis.
  • The American film has a conservative budget of just $75 million, and stars the son of one of the biggest box office draws of all time.

Part of me wishes you well, ‘Tomorrow’ crew.

But how do you compete with the ghosts of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen and that dude that was Ponyboy in ‘The Outsiders’ screaming “WOLVERINES!!!” whilst shaking automatic weapons in the air?

Nope. I don’t know either.



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