Rob Cohen Set To Direct Big-Budget Korean War Movie

Veteran director Rob Cohen has been tapped to direct “1950,” a Korean War drama slated to be the most expensive Korean film in history, according to news reports.

Korea’s CJ E&M Pictures — formerly known as CJ Entertainment — and Grapevine Entertainment will produce the film at a cost of $100 million, according to Reuters.

The film will be based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning articles by Marguerite Higgins of the New York Herald-Tribune, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The story centers on Higgins, who had to overcome sexism and bias in order to be able to cover the war, and her journey with an American platoon across the peninsula climaxing with mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands of South Koreans in the face of advancing Chinese and North Korean armies.

“The Korean War has often been referred to as ‘the forgotten war’ and I think it’s time it was remembered,” Cohen told the trade publication. “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.”

Cohen directed films such as “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story,” “xXx” and “The Fast and the Furious.”

CJ plans to cast the film with Hollywood A-listers and Asian stars; shooting is expected to begin in May 2012 with a release date of spring 2013.