The man who made Vin Diesel a phenomenon, Rob Cohen, is being given all of Korea‘s money. The Fast and the Furious and Stealth director has signed on to direct 1950, a film about the Korean War which thankfully happened before the age of self-aware jets. With a budget of $100 million, it is the country’s most expensive film to date.
The story is based on the works of Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent Marguerite Higgins, who blazed the trail for female reporters as she covered the conflict’s most historic battles. The film will follow her journey with an American platoon across the peninsula climaxing on Christmas Eve with mass evacuation of 200,000 South Koreans in the face of advancing Chinese and North Korean armies.
Says Cohen, “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.”