Filmmaker Renny Harlin, known for thrillers like Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger, and Deep Blue Sea, is set to direct a untitled drama based on the five-day Russia/Georgia conflict which took place a year ago. It was August 8th when Georgian forces attacked the border territory South Ossetia and were subsequently routed by Russian troops. Although this film is different from anything Harlin has done before and he will be given a much smaller budget than he’s used to, the director is looking forward to the challenge or working in a war zone with no five-star hotels or restaurants nearby.

According to Variety he recently stated:

“I’ve waited a long time to find something with substance and reality…I thought I had that in `Mannerheim,’ this historical epic on a Finnish war general who led Finland against Russia in 1939, but the financing fell apart. When I got this script two weeks ago, it was exactly what I had been looking for, a great human story, with tragic, serious overtones. I saw it as my opportunity to use my experience in action films to tell the story of a complex conflict that is impartial, but makes a strong anti-war statement.”

Harlin started off wanting to make meaningful movies and counts Salvador, Under Fire and The Year of Living Dangerously among his favorite films, but like many other, got caught up in the machine. Harlin is finally getting the chance to do something he’s always wanted and is using every opportunity he has including shooting with battle-ready crew DP Checco Barese, who, before he made movies, was a war correspondent who shot conflicts in Salvador, Guatemala, Angola, Kosovo, Afghanistan and other hot spots.

Apparently his fascination and desire to change the commercial path his career had taken came after watching Kathryn Bigelow’s film, The Hurt Locker.

Are you interested in the Russia/Georgia conflict? Will you go watch the movie knowing Harlin will be directing it?