There’s finally some concrete details about the next Hong Sisters penned K-drama, even if said details remain frustratingly slim. The drama is confirmed to air on MBC come early summer, taking over the Wed-Thurs time slot from spring drama Angry Mom, and will be followed in late summer with the vampire sageuk Scholar Who Walks the Night. It will also reunite the Hong Sisters with their last MBC drama PD who did a decent job directing the frenetic Best Love. There have been rumors that the upcoming drama is a period drama and the latest reveals confirm that the sisters were intending to go down that path.
Originally they were penning the drama to be a time-travel where the lead(s) time-traveled back and forth between present day and one hundred years ago. That idea has been completely revamped and now the sisters are confirming that the working title for their next drama is Jejudo Gatsby. Looks like the Western literature appropriation for K-drama trend isn’t dying down either, what with Pride & Prejudice and The Three Musketeers last year. The drama is described as a romance set on Jeju Island and will have a very swoony moody vibe. That’s the last vibe that comes to mind when I associate a story that is borrowing from The Great Gatsby, whether in theme, set up, or black tragi-comedy origins.
Jeju Island is one of the prettiest places in South Korea and a perennial favorite for K-dramas to location shoots on. I don’t recall a drama completely set on Jeju Island but a few like Tamra the Island was primarily filmed there for the majority of the story. No word yet on who the Hong Sisters will land as the leads but unconfirmed casting rumors say that Kim Woo Bin and Kang Sora are being courted.
Both are red hot these days, him after Heirs and now hit movies like Friends 2 and The Con Artists, and her having one of the biggest dramas last year in Misaeng. If the drama is based on TGG then expect the story to be about a poor boy who loses his vainglorious first love to a rich man and sets off to make boatloads of money before coming back to try and win her back. It does not seem remotely romantic IMO but I’ll give the sisters the benefit of the doubt to transmogrify the story into their typical rom-com offering.