Wowsers, everything about this upcoming drama, potential casting, and price tag potential screams new records to be set. There’s new updates on the next drama from screenwriter Park Ji Eun, her of the You From Another Star, Producer, and Queen of Housewives fame. YFAS remains her biggest hit drama to date and she managed to reunite with one lead already in Kim Soo Hyun when she brought him in to do Producer on KBS. Now she gets a chance to reunite with the other lead as Jeon Ji Hyun is in talks to do her next drama, tentatively called Legend of the Blue Sea.
Jeon Ji Hyun’s potential involvement is already known, as is the drama courting Lee Min Ho to be the male lead. It’s pretty amusing that the back-to-back hit SBS dramas Heirs and YFAS are going to mash up respective leads in this new pairing. It looks like Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho are basically confirmed as news broke that the two met with Park Ji Eun recently, and the drama has just received a purchase offer from a Chinese streaming portal that breaks all sale price records of $500,000 US dollars per episode.
I think Jeon Ji Hyun and Lee Min Ho as a potential pairing makes sense from a financial perspective, and for their careers it’s not a bad idea to pick something safe and get more popularity while the iron is hot. I don’t know how their chemistry will be as Lee Min Ho is hit-or-miss for me depending on role and leading lady. I like Park Ji Eun’s writing a lot so this isn’t just putting two hugely popular stars together and calling it a day, there is real potential for a solid drama to emerge and that’s what I’m banking on if everything is confirmed soon. As for Korea, the drama will reunite Lee Min Ho with PD Jin Hyuk who directed him in City Hunter, as well as being broadcast on SBS, as expected.