Splendid acquired rights for Germany, Austria and the Benelux region from Finecut, the Seoul-based sales company handling global rights.
Finecut’s early business at the European Film Market also included sales for ex-Yugoslavia to Discovery Film & Video and for Taiwan to Moviecloud.
Neeson plays General Douglas MacArthur who led a seemingly impossible marine landing at Incheon in the company of a South Korean lieutenant and seven soldiers from the covert KLO intelligence unit. Korean heart-throb Lee Jung-jae plays the lieutenant.
Production got underway in December — Neeson has now completed his scenes – and will wrap next month.
Direction is by John H. Lee, who previously made award-winning Korean War film “71: Into The Fire” with the same producer and Finecut on board in 2010 .
“Operation Chromite” is produced by Chung Tae-won (“The Three Kingdoms”) through his powerhouse production company Taewon Entertainment. Theatrical release in Korea is set for July through market leading distributor CJ E&M.
“Liam Neeson looks great in ‘Operation Chromite’ and has an important role in this Korean film with John H Lee whom we know has a talent for making good movies. From the script and actual footage that we’ve seen, we are happy to have acquired a quality movie,” said Marko Moellers, acquisition executive at Splendid.
Sales rights to the film are shared, with CJ holding China, Indonesia, Mongolia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. CJ has direct distribution operations in several of those territories.