Weekly News Update: May 19, 2013 to May 25, 2013

CELEBRITY NEWS

Bae Soo Bin (49 Days) has announced he’s getting married in the fall to a graduate student who’s 8 years younger than he is.

DRAMA NEWS

  • Two Weeks has just added Park Ha-sun (Ad Genius Lee Tae Baek) to its cast. She will play the first love Lee Jun-ki can’t forget and was the one who raised his daughter alone for eight years. She’s a character with a lot of pain. Two Weeks, which comes from the writer of 49 Days airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in August.
  • Green Scalpel is reportedly courting Joo-won (Gaksital) and Joo Sang-wook (Special Affairs Team TEN) to star. They’re both considering the roles and working on contract negotiations, so nothing’s final yet. Joo-won’s role is as an autistic young man with the personality of a child who becomes a genius pediatric surgeon. Joo Sang-wook is up for the ace pediatric doctor role, so he’ll be Joo-won’s rival in the hospital. At the helm is PD Ki Min-soo (Ojakkyo Brothers) and writer Park Jae-bum (God’s Quiz). Green Scalpel follows Shark, which puts its premiere in August.
  • Jang Hyuk (IRIS 2) and ZE:A’s Park Hyung-shik (Nine) will be joining the cast of Sunday variety program Real Men, which basically drops its members into army boot camp and makes them suffer for entertainment. The two will join the show with their first shoots on May 27.
  • Park Bo Young (Werewolf Boy) will finally return to the television screen with the remake of hit J-dorama 1 Litre of Tears, which is based on a true story of this high school girl named Aya who suffered this disease and died at a young age of 25. This will premiere on October after Two Weeks in MBC.
  • The potentially-basketball-themed follow-up to Answer Me, 1997 has no resemblance to that other one. Basketball follows young men who struggle to find a bright spot in the darkness of their times, and basketball becomes their hope. The drama follows their loves, conflicts, unity, and emotional victory, and includes the first and last time that Korea had a single national basketball team. It was right before the official division between North and South, when the team made history by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 1948 Olympics. Do Ji-han (Incarnation of Money) plays the main character who overcomes a life of hardship to make that quarterfinal team. He grows up in the late 1930s in a dirt-poor village, and basketball allows him to find success. This drama is being planned for 24 episodes and half of it will be pre-produced. Basketball will broadcast in September.
  • PD Na Young-seok (1 Night 2 Days) is back with a brand new variety show called Grandpas Over Flowers. It will be a travel format with cast members: Lee Soon-jae (Childless Good Fortune), Park Geun-hyung (The Chaser), Baek Il-sub (Be Strong Mr. Kim), and Shin Gu (Hundred Year Inheritance). The show’s concept will be “backpacking in the twilight years,” and will take the foursome all over Europe on backpacking trips. The cast and crew will head to France for their first trip in June, and the show will premiere in early July on tvN.

MOVIE NEWS

  • Lee Ki-woo (The Virus) is heading to the big screen for a new movie titled Bean Sprout, which is described as centering around a “warm fatherly love” story. In the movie, he plays a children’s book writer who loses his beloved wife and finds himself a single father to his daughter. Though he’s devastated by the loss, he has to rally and find a way to survive for the sake of his little girl. Bean Sprout will begin filming in June.
  • Director Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Good, The Bad, The Weird) is working on a live-action remake of the Japanese animated film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, and Kang Dong-won (Secret Reunion) is being courted to headline. The story takes place in the 1960s, in an alternate universe where Germany wins WWII and occupies Japan. The lead character is a cop, a member of a heavily armed special forces unit called Kerberos. It’s a brigade that suppresses riots, and the story begins with a suicide bombing at an anti-government rally. It’s a dark political drama that’s explored through a counterintelligence war, set in the extremest of circumstances.
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