There’s no real new info in this report (well, not about the points we care most about, i.e., casting), but I’m sure people are curious as to the progress of this drama, its production, casting, etc. In short: Stuff is still in limbo, but at least the drama has a writer and a director now.
“Korean ‘Hana Yori Dango,’ a fete for super-idol groups”
The Korean version of Hana Yori Dango [Boys Before Flowers] appears it will become the battle turf of top idol groups.
The Korean version will be broadcast on KBS2 in December, with star PD Jeon Ki-sang at the helm, who got his start with Bodyguard and directed drama series Delightful Girl Chun-hyang and My Girl. Writer will be Yoon Ji-ryun, who penned scripts for the teen drama/sitcom Sharp #3.
Director: Ooh, good move. Jeon Ki-sang sank terribly with the illogical mess that was Witch Amusement, but that drama was really cursed with bad writing, not directing. I remember watching Delightful Girl Chun-hyang for the first time and being struck within the first ten minutes with how fresh, energetic, and creative the directing was, particularly for a kdrama but really for any television work in general. Given the material, tone, and genre of this drama, he’s the perfect choice, really.
Writer: Gulp. The scriptwriter for Sharp, really? That’s like bringing in a team of Nonstop scribes, which is to say: a total waste of your director. Then again, all writers have to get their starts somewhere, so I’m not going to write her off immediately. Suffice to say I remain hopeful though her resumé does not inspire confidence.
Hana Yori Dango, a drama that featured young heartthrob male leads and one girl, has enjoyed widespread popularity after being produced in both Taiwan and Japan. Furthermore, the young men starring in Zettai Kareshi caused a stir all through Asia among its female fans. Thus it seems the Korean version will have to mobilize all its best young idol stars.
Already, reports of SS501’s Kim Hyun-joong being cast in Boys Before Flowers became widely talked-about; recently, talk has spread of a particular idol star referred merely as “K” being a strong candidate for a leading role. Another popular idol-group member’s name has risen as a hopeful.
What this really says is: “Nope, nobody cast yet. We are tossing names out to keep interest up in the series, but we really have no fucking clue what to do because omghugeexpecationscrap.”
Hopes that members of rival idol groups may be cast to act opposite each other in a “dream showdown” show the possibility of materializing. Therefore the rise of these famous idol-star names as candidates for Boys Before Flowers is seen as a win-win strategy for both the drama producers and the stars themselves.
With Boys Before Flowers attracting much interest beyond Korea, including China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, one must take care to make the best possible choice in casting its Korean stars. With these idols set to step into the wider Asian market, there’s no better vehicle for that purpose than Boys Before Flowers. On top of that, Korean idols who look as though they’ve popped right out of the pages of the manhwa have a high appeal.
The drama series, produced by Group Eight, was officially finalized with KBS on the 10th. A rep for the drama revealed that the series would premiere the last week of December as a Monday-Tuesday series.
CEO of Group Eight, Song Byung-joon, said, “The Korean version of Boys Before Flowers will be a drama to exceed expectations, and we’ll make sure that, as a representative of our country, it does not fall short of the Taiwanese or Japanese versions.”