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Swine flu interrupts production for Swallow the Sun

Eep! The team working on SBS’s new big-budget Wednesday-Thursday drama Swallow the Sun has been hit by swine flu as four crew members have tested positive for the illness.

With only a day (and a half) left before its July 8 premiere, the production has been advised by health officials to prioritize the health of the public at large over its shooting schedule, and has decided to cut its planned July 7 production press conference.

The cast and crew had left for Las Vegas on June 14 for overseas shoots and returned to Korea on July 2. Among the staff, one member had been suffering from a cold and body aches before leaving on the trip, and still suffered from fever upon return. After being tested for swine flu, the results came back positive and the staffer is currently quarantined in Incheon.

Furthermore, the team that had traveled to film in Jeju Island last month reconvened with the team returning from the States to continue filming. After the first staffer tested positive, the rest of the crew submitted themselves for tests at a health clinic in Jeju and carefully resumed filming, accompanied by several medical professionals. However, results came back on July 6 confirming that three more crew members had tested positive for swine flu and filming has now completely stopped. Those three are receiving medical treatment in Jeju. The Swallow the Sun team is following the instructions set forth by the Center for Disease Control, particularly with regard to keeping separate from the general populace, and are confining themselves to their homes to keep worries at bay.

Meanwhile, the actors (which include Ji Sung, Sung Yuri, Lee Wan, Yoo Oh-sung) expressed some concerns over the production delay but said, “The drama is important, but more important is to put the people’s health first, so even if it hinders our production we’ve had to shut down.”

The producers are taking an optimistic line, saying, “We have shot parts already that can air, so the broadcast will proceed without problems. We plan to resume filming after this situation has passed, so don’t worry too much.”

Swallow the Sun will not hold its July 7 pre-show press conference, and will air a special on the 8th, followed by the first episode on the 9th.

Via TV Report

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after reading this bad news, part of me want SBS to show specials on City Hall instead..
I didn't know swine flu still around. Gosh, I hope those crew will get better soon.

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Gosh, I hope they recover soon. I read that the actor who plays Ron in Harry Potter also had the swine flu. It certainly does not discriminate among celebrities and regular folks.

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*looks at poster* east of eden flashback! do i really wanna watch this? :O

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i'm so looking forward to this drama. hope the people infected will get well soon and filming will not be affected.

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Does this mean that Episode 1 will only air on Thursday, so it won't be, Even number = Thursday, Odd number = Wednesday. Or is it a 2 episode back-to-back for this thursday? I hate specials~

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I forgot all about swine flu..
Get better !

Edit: I mean H1N1..

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Tsk, tsk. I hope the crew members are on their way to a full recovery.

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It also reminds me of East of Eden's poster.

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I am sad about that But people's health of drama swallowed sun is important.
I hope H1N1 will lose soon & swallowed sun can cast the end.
i can waiting time long .
To SUNG YURI ! GOOD HEALTH FOR YOU .
SA RANG TANG SING T_T

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Yup definitely seeing the EOE comparison. What a disappointment, seriously.

They should be fine - swine flu or H1N1 is as lethal as the regular flu. I'm sure with some Tamiflu they'll recover in a few days.

I still remember when we were in school some classmates of mine offered to get swine flu so they'd close down the school for two weeks - because for the seniors, after 2 weeks of no school, we'd hit graduation. LOL.

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I wish all the production staff affected the very best of health and the fastest recovery possible, but I'm gonna go slightly OT here and ask this:

Does anyone here think Swine Flu is the biggest hoax since the Millenium Bug?

I remember back in 1999 we were warned of catastrophic events (such as aeroplanes falling from the sky) unless we all made sure our computers were Y2K compliant. This made IT consultants a lot of money back then, and as it turned out, nothing really eventuated.

The same is thing now happening with the Swine Flu as people are being warned of an epidemic that could wipe out the world as we know it. The media have totally blown this out of proportion when the reality is that regular influenza kills tens of thousands of people each year yet we hardly hear of it. But I guess the pharmacuetical company that created the Swine Flu vaccine wouldn't mind this one bit.

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What a year…disaster seems befalling upon us these days; global economic crisis, death of MJ, Swine Flue…depressing. In our city 2 universities closed down because of swine flu. Though the government is taking necessary action and campaign still, it is just around the corner. What an irony when it comes to this ordinary people and the rich and famous are in equal footing.

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no wonder the poster looks so FAMILIAR.

but the poster looks so photoshopped it's embarrassing.

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Wow, it's pretty crazy and scary that this epidemic is still happening all over the place.

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@ Kobe

Agreed. The swine flu is just as bad as the regular flu - however, when the World Health Organization goes out to issue its warning and the media grabs hold, and what ensued was a huge "freaking out" of the public mass. The problem too, lies with uneducated masses who equate "epidemic/pandemic" with "lethal disease." The word "epidemic" or "pandemic" in reality only describes how fast the disease spreads. Swine flu spreads quickly but isn't lethal - that's why they close down areas to prevent more people from getting sick. We could have a regular cold pandemic if we wanted - it'd just mean more people getting runny noses.

Not sure though if whatever pharmaceutical company that manufactures flu vaccines is making a fortune.

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Ah...for a second there, I thought I was looking at the East of Eden poster. What is up with the obvious copycat job? I mean, at least with the EOE poster, I got to look at Song Seung Heon!

And, more related to the story, bad news about the H1N1.

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wow, this is scary... I hope everyone that got affected by this flu gets better... I don't wanna hear any death.

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Hmmm... all the women in that poster look alike. Is that Sung Yuri taking on 3 different roles? Sorry, I'm not familiar with this drama.

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I am really anticipating to watch this drama. But now feel sad that the production crew caught the Swine Flu. Hope they get a lot better then continue with the drama when they can.

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Will "You're Beautiful" be broadcasted after Shallow The Sun?

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yea, ive heard rupert grint also got swine flu, but he already recovered from it. All they need is to treat the flu and in a few days they will be cured.

hope they will all be in good health soon

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