2929 Entertainment co-owner and CEO Todd Wagner announced that the company has optioned the story Task Force Faith by Julie Precious and hired John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Clear and Present Danger) to adapt it into a full length feature film. The film, which will be titled The Chosen Few, is a passion project for Wagner, who will produce.
The Chosen Few will tell of the Chosin Reservoir Battle early in the Korean War where a group of undertrained and ill-equipped U.S. Army soldiers fought back against the surprise attack of over 100,000 Chinese troops. The Chinese troops had surrounded a mere 15,000 U.S. Marines and 2,500 U.S. Army soldiers on different sides of the Chosin reservoir. After several furious days of fighting in sub-zero temperatures, the heroic actions of the U.S. 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," says Wagner. "This is an extraordinary and powerful story about a 'forgotten war' and a piece of our nation's history, and I am proud to be a part of the team bringing this to life."
Milius is a writer and director who worked on such legendary films as Jeremiah Johnson (writer), The Wind and The Lion (writer/director), Jaws (writer), Big Wednesday (writer/director), Apocalypse Now (writer), Conan the Barbarian (writer/director), Red Dawn (writer/director), Farewell to the King (writer/director) and Clear and Present Danger (writer).
Precious, who is an Army veteran and former Korea analyst, is currently an employee with the Department of Defense in Washington D.C. She participates in creative projects on a freelance basis in an unofficial capacity. She is also completing a documentary on the 31st Regimental Combat Team battle.