There is a huge and very public fire drill going on at SBS and it’s worrying the heck out of me since it concerns a drama I’m looking forward to. News just broke that PD Jo Soo Won has quit the production of upcoming SBS weekend drama The Time I Loved You, 7000 Days. It’s better known as the K-remake of hit Taiwan drama In Time With You, not to mention the highly anticipated drama return of ratings queen Ha Ji Won.
Rather than the usual nondescript reasons for breaking up, this time the news specifically states that Jo PD quit despite it being so late in the production, with script reading already held and filming commenced, because of feuding and differences with the production company. PD Jo is a SBS drama veteran but the outside production company IWill Media is producing 7000 Days and is the source of the conflict. No word yet on who is replacing PD Jo but this as big a warning sign about the drama as any.
PD Jo is one of my favorite drama PDs, I don’t always watch his dramas but the ones I have watched never fail me on the visuals even if I may not like the story or the acting. His directing is top-notch without being flashy, with a great fluid arsenal of tricks he employs judiciously depending on what the script calls for. He’s directed Pinoccho, Gapdong, I Hear Your Voice, Cheongdamdong Alice, Swallow the Sun, Hyena, Wonderful Life, and the list of hit dramas goes on. I’ve never heard of any drama he’s directed being criticized for failure in ratings or quality due to his directing.
The production company behind 7000 Days is IWill Media, the two most recent dramas the company has produced are daily drama Sweet Secret (Love and Secret) and melodrama When a Man Loves. If you ask me to pick a side solely on track record, I’m on Team PD Jo, whatever drove the a seasoned industry veteran to quit a production after it’s started filming must be some insurmountable issues. It’s a double shame that he left since he brought so many Pinocchio veterans over to the production of 7000 Days. Can’t the two sides patch things up and get back to business making a hopefully awesome drama?