Writer-director John Milius will pen Korean War pic "The Chosen Few" for Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment.
Script will be based on Defense Dept. analyst Julie Precious' story "Task Force Faith," which recounts the Chosin Reservoir Battle.
During the battle, a group of 2,500 undertrained and ill-equipped U.S. Army soldiers, along with 15,000 Marines, fought back against the surprise attack of more than 100,000 Chinese troops. After several days of fighting in subzero temperatures, the efforts of the soldiers allowed the Marines to battle their way out.
"For many years, these U.S. Army troops were thought to have 'cut and run' and were shunned for cowardice, while the Marine troops received a Presidential Unit Citation, but over the years, a group of survivors and historians fought to shed a light on what really happened during this battle," Wagner said.
"Chosen Few" is a passion project for Wagner, who will produce with 2929 prexy Marc Butan and Kent Kubena. Precious, an Army veteran and former Korean analyst, will be an associate producer.
I should add that I am particularly attached to this story, as both my grandfather and MissSpeech's grandfather fought in Korea. Additionally, Papa Tom (MissSpeech's grandfather) a Marine, fought IN THE CHOSIN BATTLE! He is one of the "Chosen Frozen", as they became known. He tells some pretty hair-raising stories about it. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Hopefully, it'll have the respect and gravity that is demanded for veterans of "The Forgotten War".