Rob Cohen has signed with Grapevine Entertainment the South Korea-based CJ E&M Pictures to direct 1950, a film about the Korean War. Producers Brett Donowho and Paul Hudson developed the story about New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins, who traveled across the 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.” Rachel Long and Brian Pittman will pen the screenplay. Cohen remarked:
“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.”
And the director of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is just the man to make you remember! Variety notes the $100 million project is the largest in the history of the Korean film industry, which is absolutely something Cohen is qualified to handle. Shooting will begin next May with eyes to a spring 2013 release; casting talks are underway. Cohen’s next film is I, Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry.