Rob Cohen to Direct Most Expensive Korean Film Ever

“1950” is a Korean War film with a budget of more than $100 million

Last Updated: July 29, 2011 @ 11:59 AM

Rob Cohen is set to direct the most expensive film in the history of the Korean film industry.

Cohen, the director of adrenaline-jolting movies like "The Fast and the Furious" and "XXX," will make "1950," a film set in the Korean War with a budget of $100 million. CJ E&M Pictures of Korea and Grapevine Entertainment are producing it along with Brett Donowho and executive producer Paul Hudson.

It's based on the dispatches of Marguerite Higgins, then the Tokyo bureau chief for the New York Herald Tribune. Higgins was initially barred from covering the conflict by the US Army because she was a woman, but General Douglas MacArthur later gave her permission in a significant moment for female journalists.

It 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.

Production is slated to begin in May of 2012 with a release date the following Spring.