Rob Cohen is going big budget in Korea to direct 1950
Rob Cohen is taking on a huge task. You know Rob Cohen? He directed such films as xXx and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. Well he's directing 1950, the largest budgeted project ever undertaken by the Korean film industry. It's priced at about $110 million.
Production will begin May 2012 with a planned release date of spring 2013.
Here's the rundown on the film from the press release:
"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."
"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."
"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."