“The Fast and the Furious” director Rob Cohen has traded in his love for fast, racing cars and will take on a new adventure in his next upcoming film, “1950″. The film will tell the story of the nearly 200,000 South Korean civilians escaping the oncoming Chinese and North Korean armies during the Korean War. Here’s all the details via press release:
CJ E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment have attached Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”) to direct “1950″, the largest budgeted project ever undertaken by the Korean film industry, at $100m. Production is expected to begin in May 2012 with a planned release date of spring 2013. An untold story of courage and endurance during the Korean War, “1950″ is an epic adventure, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning dispatches from the front line by legendary New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins.
“1950″ is being produced by CJ E&M Pictures of Korea and Grapevine Entertainment, alongside Brett Donowho and executive producer Paul Hudson. The producers developed the story, and commissioned a screenplay from Rachel Long and Brian Pittman (Silver Falls and Stranded). Marguerite Higgins, the Tribune’s then Far East bureau chief, who had covered the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps at the end of WWII, initially found herself banned by the US Army top brass from covering the Korean conflict, simply because she was a woman. Her persistent efforts to overturn this ruling eventually won her special permission from General Douglas MacArthur to work alongside the front line troops.
“1950″ follows Higgins’ journey across the Korean peninsula with a platoon of marines, ending with the mass evacuation on Christmas Eve of nearly 200,000 South Korean civilians escaping the oncoming Chinese and North Korean armies.
CJ and Grapevine are in discussion with A-list Hollywood and Asian talents to fill the key leading roles of Marguerite Higgins, the leader of the Marine platoon, Captain Darren, and a Korean Katusa, Sunjae Lee. Grapevine and CJ are in advanced negotiations with a major worldwide distribution company to handle the release of the film outside of Korea, which CJ will handle.
Rob Cohen welcomed the opportunity to direct “1950″. “The Korean War has often been referred to as ‘the forgotten war’ and I think it’s time it was remembered. Telling the story of this harrowing conflict through the eyes of pioneering journalist Marguerite Higgins makes it a very different war film on every level.” Cohen’s directorial credits include “xXx”, “Stealth”, and” The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”.