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Frank PiersonHollywood may be run by young guns, but there's a pedigreed old-timer who's poised to make a big splash -- again.

According to Variety, Oscar-winning scribe Frank Pierson will write the script for '17 Days of Winter,' a 3-D Korean War epic. And, oh yeah, he's going to be 85 on May 12.

Pierson, who won the original screenwriting Oscar for 'Dog Day Afternoon' in 1975 and was nominated for 'Cat Ballou' and 'Cool Hand Luke,' told Variety that he's been busy writing for the last 20 years but just hasn't sold anything. "I've been like everybody else in the movie business," he said. "I've been doing scripts that just didn't get made." Frank PiersonHollywood may be run by young guns, but there's a pedigreed old-timer who's poised to make a big splash -- again.

According to Variety, Oscar-winning scribe Frank Pierson will write the script for '17 Days of Winter,' a 3-D Korean War epic. And, oh yeah, he's going to be 85 on May 12.

Pierson, who won the original screenwriting Oscar for 'Dog Day Afternoon' in 1975 and was nominated for 'Cat Ballou' and 'Cool Hand Luke,' told Variety that he's been busy writing for the last 20 years but just hasn't sold anything. "I've been like everybody else in the movie business," he said. "I've been doing scripts that just didn't get made."

That doesn't mean he hasn't been working, though. The multi-faceted, Harvard grad served as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 2001-2005 and was a consultant on 'Mad Men' last season.

But it's as a World War II veteran that Pierson will bring a special insight to '17 Days of Winter.' The project focuses on the pivotal battle at the Choisin Reservoir, which saw American soldiers -- who were outnumbered 10:1 -- fight the Chinese in sub-zero conditions.

The battle is particularly intriguing to Pierson as a writer because it brought experienced WWII soldiers back into the fray. As he told Variety, "The only people they had to put into the Marine division were leaders from WWII who were then in their 30s. Serving with them were 17- and 18-year-old volunteers who had never even been to boot camp. That gives an opportunity for getting inside those characters. What was it like for these kids who were being mentored by these battle-hardened veterans?"

'17 Days of Winter,' which will be directed by Eric Brevig ('Journey to the Center of the Earth'), is prepping to shoot in South Korea and New Zealand and is eying a 2012 release.