Russia's Defense Ministry to Cooperate on Luc Besson's Submarine Disaster Movie

Thomas Vinterberg H 2016
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Thomas Vinterberg H 2016

'Kursk' will be directed by Denmark's Thomas Vinterberg.

Russia’s defense ministry says it will cooperate with French producer Luc Besson on his upcoming English-language movie Kursk, centered on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster, in which 118 Russians died.

"We will work on this film together," Anton Gubankov, head of the culture department at Russia's defense ministry, said on the air of the FM radio station Echo of Moscow.

"This is important for us," he added.

A French crew is expected to arrive in Russia shortly to look at possible locations for the movie.

The ministry's statement comes at a time when relations between Russia and the West are reminiscent of the Cold War period and military cooperation between Russia and NATO is being scaled down.

Under one version that is still being circulated in Russia, the submarine sank after it was hit by a missile fired from a U.S. submarine in the Barents Sea.

The movie is to be helmed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, and the screenplay was written by Saving Private Ryan writer Robert Rodat based on Robert Moore's book A Time to Die.

Production and release dates for the movie have not yet been announced.