One thing I’m looking forward to with respect to upcoming KBS drama Descendants of the Sun is the sure to be glorious location shoot scenery porn. One of writer Kim Eun Sook‘s drama specialties is baking in a dedicated location shoot in most of her dramas – Heirs had Southern California, Lovers in Paris was of course in Paris, Lovers went to Indonesia, On Air featured Taiwan, Prague was the location of choice for Lovers in Prague, and so forth. DotS is being filmed in Greece, standing in for a civil war torn country that experiences an added national disaster, which might be insulting Greece but these days any country can stand in for most anything when it comes to location shoots and filming money pouring into Greece can’t be a bad thing. The latest updates on the drama are as follows – DotS will be wrapping up filming in Greece by early November and will complete drama filming fully by middle of December. That makes this big budget high profile drama fully pre-produced in the span of six months as it started filming in June of 2015.
In addition to DotS filming on schedule with an on track filming complete date of mid-December, that gives the drama plenty of time for post-production to hit it’s currently schedule airing date of February 2016 on KBS Wed-Thurs. The network and production still want to make that date but also want to simultaneously air in China, so it will be the latter holding up DotS if the drama ends up being pushed back until May of 2016. No overseas drama can air in China, online video streaming or on TV, without being completed in filming and pass through regulatory approval. Turns out regulatory approval takes 3-6 months, so when DotS airs will depend heavily on how quickly the approval license is handed down.