Pic produced by CJ E&M, Grapevine

Rob Cohen has signed on to direct Korean War tale “1950,” produced by CJ E&M Pictures of South Korea and Grapevine Entertainment.

Producers made the announcement Thursday, noting that the project is the largest undertaken by the Korean film industry at $100 million. Shooting’s expected to begin in May with a planned release date of the spring of 2013.

“1950,” based on dispatches from New York Herald Tribune correspondent Marguerite Higgins, is produced by Brett Donowho, Sean Lee and John Han and exec produced by Paul Hudson. Producers developed the story, and tapped Rachel Long and Brian Pittman to script a story of 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.

CJ and Grapevine said they are in talks to cast actors and in “advanced negotiations” with a distribution company to handle the release outside of Korea, where CJ will handle.

Cohen said, “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.”

Cohen’s credits include “The Fast and the Furious,” “xXx,” “Stealth” and “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.”

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