I’ve always found famed Taiwan screenwriter Mag Hsu an intelligent and thoughtful scribe. Her most famous drama is likely In Time With You, but over the years she’s written many well-received works such as Mars, Silence, An Innocent Mistake, and most recently Apple in Your Eye. With news that her In Time With You was going to be remade into a K-drama, she happily discussed her optimism that the remake would capture the same spirit of her original work while the Korean PD would add his own directorial flourish to make it different.
Mag has always felt Ariel Lin and Bolin Chen were the perfect leads to bring the characters of Chen Yo Qing and Li Da Ren to life, and clearly her opinion proved to be correct and universally shared. Therefore the press has been quite eager to hear which Korean acting talent Mag wants to reinvent her famous characters for a new audience. Mag was very specific in her vision – for Li Da Ren she wants either So Ji Sub or Gong Yoo, and her dream would be for Jeon Ji Hyun or Jung Yu Mi to play Chen Yo Qing.
I have to say first that Mag has really really good taste in Korean actors and actresses. She’s also aiming for the stars on this one, especially with Jeon Ji Hyun. I can’t see anything luring her back to the small screen. Jung Yumi definitely could take on this role and play it marvelously, except she’s sorta already done it with the same self-absorbed bitchy character she played in Discovery of Love. She needs to avoid getting typecast here as the hard to get brittle female lead with loads of attitude and not as much empathy.
The two men Mag wants are basically perfect either one, and both have clamoring fanbases that are dying for a return to dramaland. Make it happen, Korea! It bears noting that the folks Mag wants are all much older than Ariel and Bolin when they did the drama, even though both played characters that just turned 30 in the story. Mag actually wants the Korean version to play older, which may then require a different set of younger actors to play the high school version. I can’t see any of of these folks convincingly pulling off a high school role anymore other than as a joke. If So Ji Sub takes the role then Yoo Seung Ho definitely should cameo as the high school version just for kicks.