Looks like signs of life have finally returned to the drama version remake of the 2009 action romantic comedy Level 7 Civil Servant (also translated sometimes as My Girlfriend Is an Agent or 7th Grade Civil Servant which sounds misleading, like it’s Nancy-Drew-meets-Sydney-Bristow). Actress Kim Tae-hee is reportedly considering the role for her next project.
The drama is being produced by Apple Tree Pictures, and has been stuck in development hell for almost three years, since the release of the film. The original movie, starring Kim Haneul and Kang Ji-hwan, was a box office hit, and is written by Chuno writer Chun Sung-il, who then went on to write Runaway first, before returning to the drama version of Civil Servant. The movie is about a spy who has to lie to her normal bumbling boyfriend to keep her cover, to the point that it splits them up. Years later he ends up a rookie spy, and they cross paths for spy action hijinks.
It’s an adorable movie, and I can see why they thought to turn it into a drama right away, since you could draw out the basic premise for as long as you wanted. I especially loved the early stuff, when the boyfriend was totally clueless and paranoid that her evasiveness had to do with her cheating on him rather than running off to save the world. It’s got an over-the-top kind of silliness to it, but that’s what made it stand out.
Kim Tae-hee for this drama is pretty much the most obvious choice ever (save for actually re-casting Kim Haneul) — the role is basically like taking her IRIS character and dropping her into the tone of My Princess. I do think rom-coms are her strong suit though, so I’m glad she’s got My Princess under her belt. I don’t know if the world needs another spy drama, but if this one’s ever going to see the light of day, Kim Tae-hee’s starpower is the way to resuscitate it, that’s for sure.
- Drama version of Civil Servant in the works
- Kim Tae-hee gears up for activities in Japan
- My Princess: Episode 1
- Eye candy galore: My Princess press conference
- JB and GF face off: Battle of Delusional Hopes
- Kim Tae-hee only good for television?
- Trailer for Kim Tae-hee’s Grand Prix
- Kim Tae-hee attempts new challenges with IRIS