Poseidon faces ticking clock to get production going
, will you EVER get off the ground?
The troubled drama was already rescued once from cancellation, and picked up for a fall broadcast after its plans for a spring premiere fell by the wayside.
Yet with its September broadcast just over a month away, the drama
still doesn’t have a cast after losing most of their original actors.
Cold weather and production delays pushed back filming this past
winter, and with the stars unable to keep their schedules on hold
slowly began dropping actors: Eric, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Ok-bin, Jeon Hye-bin
Re-casting has been a tough process; there has been talk of some
possible names up for roles, but none have been finalized. One rep with
KBS said, “After the drama was given a timeslot on the broadcast
schedule, the producers contacted several actors and singers, but with
the urgency of the proceedings, it’s not an easy situation.” And with
casting in limbo, shooting is impossible.
The timeline is such that even if a cast were to be finalized
immediately, the production would be facing mighty tight filming
schedules to get everything ready in time. Many trendies do begin
filming about a month prior to first airdate, but action dramas like Poseidon
require more time for filming in unusual locales and conditions (at sea) and for post-production work.
Another rep said, “Poseidon
has gone through a stormy
voyage, but following its pickup for the broadcast schedule, it will
need to make its premiere no matter what, and currently its feet are
being held to the fire. Even if shooting were to commence, it’s
uncertain whether it’ll proceed smoothly. The producers and actors will
all have to bear a heavy burden.”
Originally intended to be an SBS series, Poseidon
was dropped by that broadcaster and then picked up by KBS. It is currently slotted to air on Monday and Tuesdays after Myung-wol the Spy
wraps up, which puts its first episode in the first week of September
or thereabouts. Why do I feel like that’s an impossibly tall order?