A multi-million-dollar blockbuster is being produced featuring Seoul and the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas. The Seoul city government said on Monday that CJ Entertainment and Di Bonaventura Pictures have agreed to work jointly on a science fiction movie called "DMZ Project" and are now in the second stage of writing the scenario for the flick.
Di Bonaventura Pictures is run by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who developed the Matrix series at Warner Brothers in the 1990s. Di Bonaventura also purchased the rights to the Harry Potter novels and turned them into movies. He also produced the recent Transformers trilogy.
According to Seoul city officials, "DMZ Project" centers on a U.S. spy satellite that crashes in the DMZ. A motley crew of international soldiers are sent to the area to retrieve the satellite, only to learn that there is something deadlier than North Korean soldiers lurking there.
City officials hope the filming of the movie in the capital helps boost its tourism industry and creates jobs for people in the local film industry.