Brett Ratner Interested in Directing 'The Reluctant Communist'
After three glorious years without having to think about Brett Ratner directing a film, it looks like the filmmaker is making quite the return to the director's chair. The long-gestating Tower Heist starring Ben Stiller has recently been greenlit for Ratner to direct, but he's already looking at another directing gig to follow. Variety reports Ratner has optioned and is looking to direct The Reluctant Communist, a memoir from Charles Robert Jenkins and Jim Frederick which chronicles Jenkin's 1965 desertion and subsequent 40-year imprisonment in North Korea. Ross Katz will script the adaptation being produced by Rat Entertainment.
The film will actually follow Jenkins as he surrenders to the North Koreans while drunk and then undergoes a strange and lengthy prison term. Producer John Chang says, ""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." Sounds like an interesting story to say the least. For now though, no actors are attached to the project, and it has yet to be set up at a studio. Since Ratner is busy in pre-production for Tower Heist and producing other films like Horrible Bosses, we'll probably be waiting awhile for any further development on the project. Interested?