Mata Hari rechristened Prosecutor Princess
The SBS drama previously called Prosecutor Mata Hari has confirmed a title change. Now dubbed Prosecutor Princess, it will begin filming shortly, with first shoots on February 25.
Chief producer Kim Young-sub of SBS’s drama department explained, “The producers thought a lot about the name of Mata Hari, which brings to mind double agents and spies. The opinion was that if this drama is to be enjoyed by all families, we would have to start by getting rid of the burden of the title, and decided on ‘Princess,’ which conveys a bright feeling.”
“Princess” also seems more appropriate thematically, since Kim So-yeon‘s character is a bright, lively woman who is newly appointed as a prosecutor. Though she initially feels that her profession is not suited to her personality, she grows into her skills and her job as the drama progresses. Family Honor‘s Park Shi-hoo and Chuno‘s Han Jung-soo co-star as a skilled lawyer and a chief prosecutor, respectively. Choi Song-hyun (Smile) and Yoo Gun (Mazzang) take supporting roles.
I think the name change is a good move (although it may have gone a little too far in the other direction by making it sound light and silly); this marks the final choice out of a slew of previous working titles. Aside from “Prosecutor Mata Hari,” the show had previously borne the titles “Female Prosecutor Mata Hari” and “Prosecutor Ma Hye-ri.” I know I wasn’t the only one wondering at the relevance of Mata Hari to the plot, since there were a lot of questions asking the same thing in the previous post. What could a drama about a fashion-conscious prosecutor have to do with an infamous dancer and Dutch war spy? I had figured that the significance would be explained in the drama itself — perhaps it was just a general way of referring to a femme fatale — but now it seems more likely that it was a convenient almost-pun on the main character’s name, Ma Hye-ri.
The 16-episode Prosecutor Princess is scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays following OB-GYN, and will go up against Personal Taste and Cinderella’s Sister.