For the past decade or so Rob Cohen has made a career out of doing films that people’s little brothers would like. From The Fast and the Furious, to xXx, to Stealth, all of the guy’s work epitomizes the sort of aesthetic that can make a 15-year-old boy look up from his portable gaming system and go, “that looks pretty cool.” So what do you imagine his next film is going to be about? Snow boarding assassins, drag racing bikini models, or President Obama declaring that homework is outlawed? No, not even close. Try, the Korean War.
With 1950, Cohen will be telling the life story of Marguerite Higgins. She was a journalist working for the New York Herald Tribune as their Far East bureau chief and is something of a feminist figure. Higgins was banned by the US Army from covering the war in Korea because she was a woman, but eventually became so persistent in her intentions to do so that she not only got to cover the war like all of her male colleagues, she also got permission from Douglas MacArthur to work on the front lines.
1950 tells the story of Higgins traveling across the Korean peninsula with a bunch of marines, and it climaxes with the mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands of South Korean civilians in the face of oncoming Chinese and North Korean armies. It sounds like a big production, and it is, in fact, going to be the most expensive film ever produced in Korean history.
When press releasing about the project, Cohen stated, “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.” Seeing as I spent most of my idiot childhood thinking that MASH was set in the Vietnam War, I can see what he means about Korea being forgotten. Who would have guessed that Rob Cohen would be giving us a history lesson? [via /Film]