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CJ E&M Pictures announces $100m Korean War film "1950"

2011/08/01 | Permalink | Source

by KOFIC staff

CJ E&M Pictures and Grapevine Entertainment have announced the Korean film industry's most expensive project to date, a Korean War film budgeted at $100m. Titled "1950", American filmmaker Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is attached to direct.

Production is expected to begin in May 2012 with a planned release date of spring 2013.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning dispatches from the front line of the Korean War by New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins, "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.

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 had found herself banned by the US Army 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" is being produced by Sean Lee of CJ E&M Pictures and John Han of Grapevine Entertainment, alongside Brett Dono and executive producer Paul Hudson. The producers developed the story and commissioned a screenplay from Rachel Long and Brian Pittman (Silver Falls and Stranded).

"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", said director Rob Cohen.

"While "1950" is based on a very special event in Korean history, we are confident that CJ and GV can elevate this tale into a film that will resonate with the audience worldwide", said CJ E&M Picture's head of International Financing and Production, Sean Lee.

Cohen's directorial credits include xXx, Stealth, Daylight, and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

CJ and Grapevine are in discussions to cast top Hollywood and Asian actors in the leading roles of Marguerite Higgins, the leader of the Marine platoon, Captain Darren, and Korean KATUSA Sunjae Lee.

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