This is super interesting drama development news, and is probably nearly as broad in production scope as Kim Eun Sook‘s upcoming disaster zone medical drama Descendants of the Sun. Healer screenwriter Song Ji Na is developing her next drama called Gaia (as in the Greek mother goddess of earth) inspired by the 1888 novel by French writer Jules Verne called Two Years Vacation. The novel is about a group of school boys stranded on a deserted island and how they band together to overcome adversity, which sounds very uplifting as long as we avoid thinking about William Golding’s 1954 dystopian take on the same scenario with Lord of the Flies. Song Ji Na’s Gaia will be set in a deserted island and cover all the things that happen when a plane crash lands there, inside carrying a fallen boy band member dealing with a plagiarism scandal, a girl group, an actor, a bodyguard, an entertainment reporter, and a flight attendant. The story will deal with how they survive in the wild, and through the adventure and adversity learn the meaning of love.
Gaia has already found a broadcast network on MBC in the first half of 2016, and will be a joint Korean-Chinese co-production between SM C&C and China’s DMG Company. I think Song Ji Na is really reaching high with this production in terms of the locale, and to make filming feasible Gaia will reportedly be pre-produced in advance like so many upcoming K-dramas on the horizon. Song Ji Na’s most recent drama may be Healer, but her famous works include Sandglass, Eyes of Dawn, The Legend, Faith, and What’s Up, so I have faith (har har) and is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt that she can do a K-drama version of Lost populated by K-pop types.