Brett Ratner Options The Reluctant Communist


Brett Ratner has optioned Charles Robert Jenkins and Jim Frederick’s 2008 memoir “The Reluctant Communist,” reports Variety. The title is described as follows:

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.

Ratner will direct from a Ross Katz script, with John Chang of Rat Entertainment executive producing.