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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Joining the legions of remakes of ’80s action movies is a new take on ” Missing in Action ,” the Chuck Norris vehicle in which he blazes his guns throughout Southeast Asia , liberating prisoners of war .
This version, for MGM, will be updated, like most of the new action reboots including “Rambo,” to reflect contemporary realities. The movie will be set in the current Iraq war and involve an action hero on a mission in the Middle East .
The studio’s plan is to release the new film directly to home video rather than to theaters. In an interesting twist, though, the co-producer/co-financier of the project is World Wrestling Entertainment
The screenplay for “Missing in Action” is being written by Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio. Passmore also is writing “Red Dawn,” another updated reboot of an MGM title about an ’80s military threat.