March 25, 2017

Rob Cohen boards Korean War film “1950”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Rob Cohen has a tendency to start thrilling action franchises before handing them off to other directors. He helmed the first “Fast and Furious” film, as well as Vin Diesel’s “xXx.” And while I’m excited to see what he does with Tyler Perry in an adaptation of James Patterson’s “I, Alex Cross,” Cohen is busy lining up future projects.

The director is attached to “1950,” a Korean war epic that is “being touted as the biggest-budgeted film project to hit the Korean film industry with the producers penciling in $100 million for the production,” THR reports.

Set during the Korean War, “1950” would follow the true-life accounts of New York Tribune correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Marguerite Higgins, who “had to overcome sexism and bias in order to be able to cover the war,” THR notes, adding that the film would trace “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.”

Cohen sounds like the right man for the job. Though with “Alex Cross” on his radar, there’s no telling when he’d mount this massive production. The trade suggests could begin production in May 2012 with a hope of getting the film into theaters by spring 2013.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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