Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Red) has hired Jeremy Passmore (Special) and Andre Fabrizio to write the action thriller DMZ. According to Variety, the plot revolves around an international group of soldiers who enter the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to retrieve a U.S. satellite: “The disparate heroes soon learn that there is something much more deadly in the DMZ than enemy soldiers.”
Passmore and Fabrizio are relatively new to the scene, but have a number of scripts in development. Passmore co-wrote the script for the Red Dawn remake that may soon see the light of day. Red Dawn director Dan Bradley is attached to direct Hellified, which Passmore and Fabrizio are currently rewriting. The duo also wrote The World After for director Len Wiseman and The Prince for John Carpenter.
Hit the jump for more info on the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Here’s how the Christian Science Monitor describes the DMZ and its importance (both ecological and symbolic) to North and South Korea:
“Just 30 miles north of this pulsating metropolis is one of Northeast Asia’s last bastions of biodiversity. This stretch of wilderness is home to migrating flocks of rare cranes and some of the last wild bears and leopards in the region… It is the notorious Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the two Koreas. Established after the 1953 Korean War cease-fire (the two nations are technically still at war), it is the most dangerous and heavily militarized border in the world.
The de facto wildlife preserve encompasses 390 square miles of diverse terrain virtually untouched by human development for 55 years.
I’m not sure where the idea originated, but the DMZ is a very interesting choice for an action film. The land is clearly loaded with subtext that serve the theme well on screen in the right hands. (I wish we had some basis to judge if Passmore and Fabrizio own the right hands. I guess we’ll see plenty of their work soon enough.)
I’m very curious to hear what this deadly “something” is — specifically whether the twist will completely undermine the setting or add to it. At this stage, I’m just hoping for Not Aliens.