Not keen on letting JYP hog all the media attention after the success of Dream High, and not worried about the grand pratfall that befell Playful Kiss, SM Entertainment wants to take its best shot at producing a teen drama. And not just any old teen drama, it’s a literary adaptation that involves boarding school and cross-dressing.
Oh shit, what do you mean KBS did it already with Sungkyungkwan Scandal! Never fear, SM nation will likely put its own (idol) spin on its version, and has commissioned the rights to popular manga Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) and plans to bring it the a small screen near you in the foreseeable future.
I don’t know what to think. I can’t write it off before casting even begins, yet I kinda can because both the TW- and J-drama versions of Hana Kimi were just ridiculous, slapstick wack from beginning to end. How anyone can pretend Maki is a guy makes my head spin (Horikita Maki, ferrsakes, one of the prettiest most feminine faces in J-ent!). Ella fared better, but alas, Wu Zun sucked all the life out of that version.
I think everyone keeps wanting to duplicate the runaway success of Boys Before Flowers (the Korean adaptation of Hana Yori Dango), which was clearly the anomaly. Teen dramas have a niche, and that is about it. I’ll keep my eye on this, but I highly suggest SM cast actors as the two leads and use its stable of idols to fill in the large number of supporting roles. Cross-dressing roles are hard enough, and the thought of a newbie idol donning her best male impersonation makes me very leery.
[Credit: Osen news via Daum]