Han Ga-in and Hwang Jung-min to return to dramaland?
Rumor has it that Han Ga-in
) and Hwang Jung-min
(Accidental Couple / That Fool
) might be returning to dramaland together, in the mega-million blockbuster cable drama Korean Peninsula
a cable drama from CSTV (owned by Joseon Ilbo, a news network).
Nothing’s been confirmed on either side, but it’s a good sign that the
production is finally back in the casting game.
It’s a drama that’s been in the works for a long time, rumored to once be the drama comeback vehicle for Jang Dong-gun
, while other A-list names like Ha Ji-won
and Park Shin-yang
have been bandied about as well. But after those casting rumors died,
the project seemed to be on the backburner for a while. Can’t imagine
that Jang Dong-gun NOT doing your drama is anything other than a
setback, but if Hwang Jung-min is set to headline, it’ll officially be
back to being A-list.
There’s a 2006 movie of the same name (starring Ahn Sung-ki and Cha
In-pyo), which is essentially the same setting, so it looks like the
drama’s going to explore and extend that same premise — from what I
understand, it’s a futuristic fantasy setup where the North and South
Koreas reunite, and then all hell breaks loose over the two countries’
fight over natural resources. It sort of encapsulates the South’s fear
in reunification, in a nutshell. Also the title, Han
Peninsula, is han
as in Korea, but can also be a play on One Peninsula, as in two countries, now one, on one tiny strip o’ land.
The real question for me is not so much in the casting, but in the
drama itself, because this is a huge experiment in producing such a
large-scale blockbuster drama outside of network television, with no
intent to air on on the big three networks (KBS, SBS, MBC). In theory it
could be a great way for the cable network to gain a foothold in the
drama realm, with a big splash and A-list names (This is no doubt why
Jang Dong-gun was their first stop). But the giant 20-million-won pink
elephant in the room is… what if no one watches?
Cable dramas get something like a 1-2% share in ratings IF it’s a
successful show. To compete with the big three, to somehow get a 20%
share (the current marker of a ratings hit)… I just don’t know if it’s
possible. It’s fascinating as an experiment because I do think that if
besting the big three is your goal, going big budget, big stars is the
only way to try and make a dent in the ratings. I do think the premise
is pretty damn cool, and if these two were to headline, I’d be on that
train in a heartbeat.Korean Peninsula
will be penned by writer Yoon Sun-ju
, of Hwang Jini
, and is set to air on CSTV in January 2012.
Via Star News