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Iris gets a drama and a movie


Kim Tae-hee, Lee Byung-heon

Who else thinks this is a bad — or very odd — idea?

Lee Byung-heon and Kim Tae-hee‘s much-anticipated match-up in the upcoming action-spy drama, Iris, will also be producing — simultaneously — a film version.

Producers from Taewon Productions say, “The movie will be produced alongside with the drama, and be shown in theaters after the drama’s end, with a separate story.” The drama won’t merely be re-edited in film form, but rather, a different version will be made entirely — a first time for a project of this kind.
 


Directors Kim Kyu-tae (drama) and Yang Yoon-ho (film)

The two projects will be undertaken by different directors. The drama will be shot by PD Kim Kyu-tae, who worked on KBS dramas A Love to Kill and Loveholic; the film will fall to Yang Yoon-ho of films Holiday and Libera, ME.

According to one rep, “The work of scriptwriting will be divided between them and on the filming location, the drama and film teams will operate separately.”

I have NO idea how they will accomplish this. Directors are king on set; how can you shoot something at the same time with the same cast, with two different directors, and NOT predict disaster? Or if not disaster, then massive chaos?

On the other hand, if they pull it off, major props.

The cast for the drama (and film) also includes Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life), Kim Seung-soo (Why Did You Come to Our House), and Big Bang’s TOP. The 20-episode drama will shoot overseas in Japan, Russia, and Turkey to a tune of a 20 billion won production budget.


Jung Jun-ho, Big Bang’s TOP

One thing I love about Korean entertainment is that they tend to experiment more and attempt formats that we don’t see much of elsewhere. For instance, branded entertainment that turns commercials into pop culture phenoms (i.e., Anycall). Or actors and big-name producers collaborating on a commercial/song/music video (i.e., Black ‘N Jean). Or A-list celebs recording refrigerator jingles that are later released as digital singles (i.e., the Salad Song).

The project most similar to Iris is the joint Korea-Japan “telecinema” production featuring a stable of Japan’s top screenwriters with Korean directors and producers, to be shown in theaters and on television in both countries. The difference is that the telecinema is more like an omnibus film, with separate parts written and filmed by a different team, featuring separate actors. (One being Hero Jaejoong and Han Hyo-joo‘s Heaven’s Postman.)

It’s risky to put all your eggs into one basket like this — what if the drama flops? It’s a bad enough loss these days with drama production budgets so high. Add huge stars like Kim Tae-hee and Lee Byung-heon coming back to TV after years doing film, and you’re talking a LOT of money at stake.

Then again, now I’m interested in Iris, when I previously had no desire to watch it. Mission accomplished, I guess.

Iris is scheduled to air on KBS in September.

Via Newsen

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Wasn't Iris supposed to be a remake of Shiri?

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Time machines. That is how they will do this. Actually, I think, either the movie or the drama is going to end up being delayed. Probably the movie. And then there will probably be cast changes due to clashing schedules. It's going to be better to release one to get viewer's opinions first, before assuming it will be successful to make it into a drama/movie.

Anyway, I'm still sort of interested in this drama. I didn't like I Am Sam but I'm curious to see how TOP will do compared to a bunch of huge actors.

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a few days ago, i thought they were having trouble because IRIS didn't have a solid producer ... and now they're going have a tv and movie? wow.

i wish they'd just stick with the drama first :x

p.s. javabeans, i hope you don't mind. i'll share this in the soompi thread.

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If making a movie version and a drama version of Iris is a bad idea... then casting yoon ah and ksw as lovers is a horrifying idea...

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Japanese dramas have sometimes a "sequel" in a movie version, it's not that original. Anyway the casting is solid *cough* except Kim Tae-hee *cough* I hope it will not turn like Lobbyist (who I like it a lot by the way) in term of ratings.

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It's not the sequel part that strikes me as odd. It's that they're filming the drama and the movie at the same time, on the same film set, with two directors and different stories. Just logistically, how does that work?

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that's a pretty big project to take on

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Maybe the two directors will take shots during the scenes and for the movie, it will shorten the scenes into a movie?

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Somehow, I have a feeling one or more actors will wound up at the hospital due to over-exertion...or worse...stress from taking directions from 2 directors. They might even become bald from pulling all their hair out.

Lobbyist...could've been great. I just couldn't really buy the story. Maybe if my expectations are really, REALLY low, I might go ahead and be surprised by Iris.

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The production cost is actually 20 billion Won (1 billion Won per episode).

I keep hearing that Kim Tae-hee is a huge star in papers, but the truth is which one of her works (films/dramas) earned her this label? I won't deny that she is one in the CF world; all her attempts in dramas/movies were not hits in terms of rating & box office performance (The Restless & Venus and Mars were considered flops, her co-stars were big names as well), plus, she's always considered a pretty face who can't act. Besides looking for someone pretty/popular, I really don't know what the casting people are thinking by casting her.

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I'm more scared then impressed.
All I can see is a lot of arguing and angry actors.

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HAHAHA i'm watchin this for pure eyecandy... will mostly TOP!!!

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Oops, thanks. Dropped a 0 there.

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The thing about Kim Tae Hee is that she may not be the best actress but she's a huge star. Same with Lee Hyori. If you don't live in Korea (I'm not sure if you do, but for people who don't), you might not get the full extent of either one's appeal because of their limited talent, but they have star power. It's like wondering why Drew Barrymore keeps getting movies... people just LOVE her, more for her personality than acting.

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@14: There are many stars who are not that great, but at least these 'huge stars' have hits under their belts (their albums sell, people catch their movies & dramas, etc) or their actings are well received. KTH (so far at least) hasn't accomplished either of this to be considered a huge star.

Yes, KTH is very popular in Korea. Even if people love her, how many people actually watch her dramas and/or pay $$ to see her movies? Her dramas didn't garner high ratings & her movies really underperformed at the box office; I don't think she has star power in tv/film industry.

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@Helena,

Love Story and Harvard and Gumiho/Nine Tailed Fox were successful dramas. You have a point about her film career, which has been a flop to say the least. But CFs and staying in the public appearance mean a lot in keeping popularity alive even when your last hit was years ago. She's not too different from Choi Jiwoo in that, who's still coasting on Winter Sonata and Stairway to Heaven (none of her recent works have been successes and she doesn't have a big movie career either).

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What an interesting idea. I could see myself being drawn to a movie version of a drama, especially if it had a different ending. It's kind of like a TV show that does a special what-if? alternate universe episode.

But I just don't see how this is possible. The actors are going to be working themselves to death unless they can re-use a substantial amount of footage. Which I don't see happening. Not to mention the logistics of having TWO crews at the same location. It's going to be so many people that you just won't be able to film at smaller/inconvenient locations.

If it's pulled off, I'm going to be seriously impressed.

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yeah, last thing i heard about IRIS is that they're struggling to find a producer and now they're have both? very ambitious indeed!
i think i'll skip this.

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Is this the same drama that Lee Da Hae was supposedly really interested in? She was supposed to be in the cast but then they can't find producers then so the project was shelved.

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kinda remind me of te Japanese drama Akai Ito, it's just that the movie is shown when the drama is still ongoing and the storyline is related to the drama. since this is a Lee Byung Hoon's drama, i'll be watching it for sure especially that it has TOP in it. i just wish they had casted a better actress in the stead of KTH.

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i dont understand why they put so much money into this drama but have such a weak leading actress kim tae hee. she cant act to save her life why waste money on her.

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oh interesting...concur with ishida about the prevalence of this drama/movie double-whammy in japanese model. i was checking dramawiki, and this is exactly what's happening with a policier starring koichi sato this spring.
still the Q begs: is the story interesting enough?! Japan has a wealth of novels, manga serials to adapt from. SHIRI has built-in audience in Japan, but it's hardly a rich source of material to spin from without it thinning out.
and they call it the 1st spy thriller drama in korean TV - what does that make WHITE NITES 3.98?

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p.s. yang yoon-ho is SUCH a bombastic director...nothing subtle about his movies. but at least he's veteran enough to handle all the stars.

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TOP? that got my attention...

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Lol, same. since T.O.P. is in it then I'm in. Though I like Lee Byung Heon & Kim Tae Hee too so it's ok (:

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I'm watching as long as Lee Byung Hun's in it.

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Wow, what a unique idea. I don't if it's good or not... but because I love TOP, I will definitely watch these haha. Oh gosh, it's such a commitment to be a fangirl :P Nah, I am only half-serious. I don't stick with things if they aren't any good, so I really hope that this drama doesn't flop. It will be really difficult for everyone if the drama doesn't get good ratings and they're already partway through making the movie.

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haha...i foresee a mixup in script delivering and therefore lots of ng. needing to remember two separate scripts at the same time while playing the same role...

yup, massive chaos ensues. but really, if they pull if off successfully with both as hits, really respect korean entertainment industry. salute!

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Agree with Helena. Beside in CF, KTH has never have any achievement & just a mediocre actress. She's never show any improvement although she always express her eagerness to be regarded as a serious actress in each of her interview. But what the use of it if she's not work on her acting skill, and just count on her beauty. I heard that she is being cast to replace Son Yen Jin (award winning actress) for this role. But by casting her in this huge budget drama/movie it's a backward step IMO. But hey, I'm open to any development. If KTH prove otherwise I will deeply impress.

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i don't know about KTH, SHG, JJH they are one type limit talent but so famous, maybe male like song seung heon, i am a huge fan of sonyejin and was upset so high while i know KTH Replaced her.
BUT hey Give KTH another Chance Maybe she will improve MAYBE!!!, who knows

anyway CJW has most awards in best actress more than them even only at Drama

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i;m looking forward to it^^

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I'm actually somehow sceptical about this....
remember the miss with Lobbyist? it was really promisingly similar to this drama...
and this one has Kim TaeHee in it too.....I like her looks....but let's just hope she doesn't get a complicated role >.<;;

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"Rant and/or Rave" - Bear with me, I have to rant today (it's been that kind of week).

First, I tried but the notion of Lee Byung-heon and Kim Tae-hee being paired up is as flat as week-old soda left uncapped. But then again, each on their own strike as me flat. Sorry, never warmed up to either as actors.

Second, realize that Korea production teams are having budgetary problems, but really, filming both the drama and movie on the same set at at the same time?? What brainiac thought up that concept? Clearly, no concept of padding for unexpected happenstance.

Third, it's insulting to compare Drew Barrymore to Kim Tae-hee. Don't even go there. Over the years, the former continued to develop her acting skills (while also having success as a producer/director).

Fourth, don't get me started on Lobbyist. I so looked forward to that one and it was so bad that... UGH! It was so bad I can't even find the words. I tried to wacth couple of times but even vicodin haze didn't help.

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I dont really like the idea of filming both the drama and movie at the same time. It'd be hard for the actors to adjust to different scripts and directors >.<.
Why can't they consider filming the movie after they're done w/ the drama? At least, if the reaction from the audience toward the drama is not so endearing, it's still not late for them to stop wasting money on filming the movie version.
And recently, seems like dramas and movies w/ big budget don't appeal to viewers anymore. Spending huge chunk of cash into a production doesn't guarantee it's gonna be great!....(similar to Lobbyist case, sad to say this though, cuz i really like the actors T_T)
Just my thought, but still, i'll support both the drama and movie....really looking forward, just cuz there's TOP and Jung Jun Ho <3333 (not a big fan of KTH and LBH -.-)

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They could make a reality show, three movie sequels, a spin-off, and a series of music videos all about Iris and I would still watch them all. As long as TOP is there :D The more TOP the better!

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i would just love to watch it because Choi Seung Hyun (TOP) is in it. Lol!

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t.o.p is the best

and Kim Tae-hee is beautiful gerls

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