It’s a shame that soaring salaries and egos have detracted countries from producing wars the way they used to. You could make the argument that studios are so invested in “tentpole” wars that carry on for decades and don’t have discernible starts or finishes, simply for the sake of franchising their wars, that we’ll never see wars like we used to.
However, Korean War fans received great news this week when it appears as though North and South Korea have finally agreed on terms to appear in the highly-anticipated Korean War sequel. It is frustrating that the first war had so much luster and potential – definitely one of the more underrated wars of the Twentieth Century – yet fans haven’t been able to get the resolution from the open ending of the original outing.
The Korean War was easily overshadowed by the more profitable and mass-consumed Vietnam War – the war that’s responsible for the current slate of bad wars – although it had so much potential as a follow up to World War II. Audiences were just teased that we would have a giant showdown like the United States versus the Soviet Union, or the U.S. and Japan vs. China and Russia, but so far it’s been almost sixty years without any resolution.
Everyone knows that North Korea is one of the biggest prima donnas on the war circuit today. Everyone has to cater to Kim Jong Il’s demands and we’re tired of seeing him on the cover of Us Weekly without any real substantive projects. South Korea seems like they want war, but as soon as it becomes a realistic endeavor, they back down. They’re all talk, with their press conferences, allies, rallies and marches, yet true fans have yet to see the sequel that we deserve, and we’re stuck with Sex And the City 2 and the Jamaican Civil War. What is a true fan to do?
Then there was more good news that super-producer China agreed not to get in the way of a potential sequel, which could finally pave the way for an unprecedented opening weekend box office. We’ll have two clear countries out to dominate the Korean peninsula, what’s a better logline than that? Look for cameos from the United States, Russia and Japan, and maybe if they bring in a good scripter for a rewrite, Jackie Chan could make an appearance for Hong Kong.
Although it’s clear that we’ll never return to the golden age of World Wars and Civil Wars, the potential for a Korean War sequel has finally harked back to a clearer-defined slate of destruction. Will this revive internment camps in California? We can only keep our fingers crossed.