The American Film Market, which opens today in Santa Monica, will see the launch of rival Liam Neeson projects. They confirm the continuing appeal to international indie distributors of the 63-year-old actor as an action-thriller star.
Seoul-based sales house Finecut has picked up international rights to “Operation Chromite,” a Korean-produced war movie that will star Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur.
Inspired by real events in 1950, the first year of the Korean War, the $16 million project is being directed by John H. Lee (“A Moment to Remember”) and produced by Chung Taewon (“Iris,” “71 Into the Fire”).
“Chromite” focuses on 24-hour, life-and-death mission X-Ray, which MacArthur led with eight Korean operatives from the KLO, a covert intelligence unit. CJ Entertainment, Korea’s biggest distributor, will handle the release in the film’s home market in the third quarter of 2016. CJ will also hold the rights in China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam. Taewon Entertainment will handle sale of the North American rights.
Neeson also stars in “Felt,” a spy thriller about “Deep Throat,” who divulged information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward that broke open the Watergate scandal, which led to President Nixon’s resignation in 1974. “Felt” is being pitched by U.S.-based sales agency Sierra / Affinity.
Directed by Peter Landesman, “Felt” is being produced by Giannina Scott, Ridley Scott, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Marc Butan, Christopher Woodrow and Jay Roach through MadRiver Pictures, Ridley Scott Films, Cara Films and Playtone. Production is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.