Weekly News Update: October 27, 2013 to November 2, 2013

DRAMA NEWS

  • Nine: Nine Time Travels has just been sold to American producers to be made into a pilot episode (which would be filmed first, then hopefully picked up for a full run). Kim Yun-jin (Lost) serve as a producer and is a key player in getting the project off the ground, using her connections in both countries to get the deal going. The production company on the Hollywood side is Fake Empire (Gossip Girl, The O.C., The Carrie Diaries, Chuck). The Nine remake is looking for a slot on the ABC lineup and is looking to be a part of spring’s pilot roundup to be sold at the networks’ May up-front presentations.
  • Lee Sang-woo (Goddess of Marriage) is reportedly finalizing contracts to join upcoming drama Warm Words. He’ll complete the love square as husband with a happy disposition to Han Hye-jin. Warm Words is the new show from the writer of Can We Get Married and the PD of Five Fingers. It’s about a messy love square between two married couples. Warm Words follows Suspicious Housekeeper and premieres December 2.
  • Lee Seon-kyun (Golden Time) reunites with the writer and the director of Pasta in new rom-com Miss Korea and will be playing the main lead. Miss Korea follows Medical Top Team and premieres in December.

MOVIE NEWS

  • Nam Sang-mi (Goddess of Marriage) has officially signed for the human comedy movie Slow Video, which is the new project by Hello Ghost director Kim Young-tak. They refuse to give us any idea of the story involved. Not one hint, not one character description. Slow Video has already begun filming and will premiere next year.
  • Park Se-young (School 2013) will be taking on her first big screen leading role in “romantic healing movie” Cat Funeral. Based on a webtoon with the same name, it tells the story of a couple that breaks up and then reunites a year later when the cat they raised together dies. It will focus on the delicate and complicated feelings between the exes that are brought on by the sudden trip and the rush of past memories. It’s said to explore everything from first love and separation to lingering attachment. Shooting is slated to begin in November for a release next year.
  • Shin Mina (Arang and the Magistrate) and Jo Jung-seok (The Best Lee Soon-shin) are being courted to headline a remake of the 1990 film My Love, My Bride. The remake will be directed by The President’s Barber’s Im Chan-sang, and will be rewritten to a present-day setting. The story follows the romance of college sweethearts who fall in love, get hitched, and then learn that there’s a lot more to struggle with all in the name of love. It’s described as a story about two people who constantly say the words “I love you,” but find out they’re far from knowing what their daily declaration to one another really means. My Love, My Bride hopes to finalize casting and start shooting by the end of the year.
  • Park Jin-hee (Gu-am Heo Jun) and MBLAQ’s Lee Joon (IRIS 2) has been cast in new movie is titled Botox. The film will be the directing debut of the webtoon’s writer, Hwang Mina. Park Jin Hee plays a 42-year old aspiring writer who sees Lee Joon as an immature 21-year-old  as a mere kid until the day he confesses his feelings for her and sends her into conflict. Botox will begin filming in November.
  • Kang Ji-hwan (Incarnation of Money) has been cast in Romancing Game, which follows the sweet romance between a thief who knows how to steal ladies’ hearts and a female detective who’s a novice in love. The movie will meld “dynamic action” with rom-com elements. Romancing Game will begin filming in November.
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