Brett Ratner will Direct THE RELUCTANT COMMUNIST

Yes, unfortunatley Brett Ratner is still trying to be a filmmaker. He's recently optioned Charles Robert Jenkins and Jim Frederick's 2008 memoir The Reluctant Communist. Ratner is currently attached to direct the film, from a script that will be written by Ross Katz. The movie centers on Jenkins as he surrenders to the North Koreans while drunk and then undergoes a strange and lengthy prison term.

Here's a more detailed description of the true story:

In January of 1965, twenty-four-year-old U.S. Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for forty years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known. This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick), takes the reader behind the North Korean curtain and reveals the inner workings of its isolated society while offering a powerful testament to the human spirit.

The producer of the film John Cheng expalined furthur saying, "He was forced to act in (propaganda) movies as an American bad guy, and he became kind of a celebrity. People would come up to him on the street, because they recognized him from the films." 

This actually sounds like it could be a very interesting and great film! This is an incredible story, too bad Ratner is developing it. He's is currently in pre-production on the Universal film with Ben Stiller Tower Heist.

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