Drama Casting & News
Nineties drama School gets a revival
by | October 10, 2012 | 117 Comments

New drama alert! Well, old-drama-becomes-new-drama alert, technically speaking. Popular ’90s high-school drama series School is getting a modern reincarnation, and the 2012 version produced by Bae Yong-joon (Keyeast/Contents K) has landed a broadcast slot in December on KBS.

The first names attached to the project are Kim Woo-bin (A Gentleman’s Dignity, White Christmas) and Lee Yubi (Nice Guy), who have already been paired once before on the sitcom Vampire Idol. (He was an alien vampire who fell in love with her inside a bunny mascot costume, not knowing there was a girl inside. Adorable.) Both actors are reportedly considering roles in the high school drama remake.

School was an immensely popular series that premiered in 1999, that featured fresh young faces and dealt with realistic issues teenagers faced in high school. It went on to air four seasons total with a new cast of characters each time. Now ten years later, Bae Yong-joon is likely trying to brand a similar hit series that has multiple seasons in its arsenal, much like he originally tried to do with Dream High. (But oh, how sideways that sequel went.)

School has all the makings of a franchise because it’s less about a set story and more about a world (school, natch), and rests entirely on collecting a hot young cast. The original was as much a star-making factory as it was a drama series, as the roster of familiar names can attest.

Just a few of the stars who passed through its halls: Jang Hyuk, Ha Ji-won, Jo In-sung, Lee Dong-wook, Gong Yoo, Im Soo-jung, Su Ae, Kim Rae-won, Kim Min-hee, Lee Yo-won, Kim Nam-gil, Choi Kang-hee, Bae Doona, Jae Hee … the list goes on and on. The remake will be helmed by PDs Lee Min-hong (of School’s first season and Hometown Legends) and Lee Eung-bok (of Dream High 1 and 2), and the writers of Night Hospital.

The big question is the ensemble cast they’ll gather, and if the revamp will manage to feel fresh and interesting. It’s a little hard to tell if the loose concept of the original — high school students having high school problems — will hit audiences the same way, but I can definitely see something that’s more episodic in structure work out, if the writing is compelling throughout.

School is slated to air on Monday-Tuesday on KBS, following Oohlala Spouses.

Via Star News, Osen

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117 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Saima

    Yay to KWB!! If he signs onto this I hope this does what DH did to KSH’s career. He just needs that one project to propel his career to the next step.

    And, omigosh JH and HJW haven’t changed much, ne?!

    • 1.1 shepo

      can you show me which one is JH (jaehee)?,,cus i cant find him

      • 1.1.1 sharluvsenergy

        I think she was referring to Jang Hyuk instead of Jae Hee in this case cos Jae Hee isn’t in the pictures/screencaps.^^

        • 1.1.1.1 shepo

          oh i see,,hehe,,my mistake…mianhe

  2. lotus

    why no gong yoo ???!!!

  3. Fishy

    I remember reading somewhere that IU was gonna make a drama comeback at the end of this year..I wonder if its for this one? O_____o

    • 3.1 Pffft

      Pffft. Kpop fans run amok here again. Your IU or UI whatever that means will not be in the drama, keep that in mind ok

      • 3.1.1 Fab

        God no…

      • 3.1.2 turtles_tszx

        Considering she was asking in a nice manner makes me wonder which one is the who run amok in here again. It would be fun if IU is in this one.. haha.

        People in here claim they’re different than kpop fan when in fact they’re practically the same except they’re idolizing actor instead. It’s a gem reading comment at here sometime.

      • 3.1.3 Village Mrembo

        Sorry if i offend u but thats not so nice, it’s an age thing, he/she will outgrow it soon enough but for now can’t they just enjoy their youth?!!

      • 3.1.4 anais

        Not at all a kpop fan but IU did fabulously in Dream High. She’d be an addition, not a detraction, to the project.

        • 3.1.4.1 lizzie

          that is because she played herself. She is always the sweet girl on screen and her character didn’t ask much.

          I think she was decent but her role so limited.

          • 3.1.4.1.1 anais

            Well, that’s a critique that could be laid against a whole slew of actors and actresses. She did well with what she was given. Quite well. We can agree to disagree.

      • 3.1.5 Meghan

        This seems a ridiculous comment in regards to the very nice, non offensive OP. IU is well loved in Korea for her singing talents, but her debut in Dream High last year was looked upon favorably. Her storyline with Wooyoung was almost more popular than the main love triangle, and she was well loved for her suprising acting abilities.

        Having IU in an ensemble drama like this is a plus not only because she is talented actress, albeit a green actress, but she is also well loved by the general public, and I believe she would pull in quite a few viewers. So I would be beyond ecstatic if she were to be cast in this drama.

        • 3.1.5.1 Ara

          I was hoping she’d go for a solo romcom instead of another ensemble piece but I agree that she has the potential to be a great actress.

          • 3.1.5.1.1 Steph

            Me too, but if not, this would be more prep for it down the line.

          • 3.1.5.1.2 hanahh

            IU was offered to be in about 10 dramas (narrowed down to 2) . most of them are romcom so she will probably be in one. Im not surprise if this was one of them but there r news reporting that her new drama would be airing in early 2013 so chances of her being in this one is slim.

      • 3.1.6 maria

        keep the rudeness in check, please. freedom of speech and everything, especially considering that her statement was in NO way offensive, irrelevant or derogatory. perhaps we’ll think again before we ironically go off on someone for “running amok”.

      • 3.1.7 topper

        Go learn some manners.

      • 3.1.8 DarknessEyes

        No need to be rude… she was just asking. And it’s IU. I really see no reason you have to bask on her… >.>

        • 3.1.8.1 DarknessEyes

          *bash

      • 3.1.9 javabeans

        I love IU. And I WILL run amok, I will!

        *runs*

    • 3.2 Steph

      Lol, hold on, what’s wrong with IU?! Not only can she actually sing, but she was great in Dream High. Homegirl is adorable and a natural. I don’t consider myself a big kpop fan, but I like IU’s music and I’ve been hoping to see her in another drama. I think she’d do great in something like this. I say, bring it (as in her)!

      • 3.2.1 bd

        No opinion on IU’s acting but they probably should cast those who aren’t as famous/well known.

      • 3.2.2 Sera

        I was actually really against idols being casted in it because the original was such a star-making machine for young newbies back then and I was thinking young, new actors really needed something like this again instead of having all the younger roles/opportunities given to idols (who already have fame as singers) all the time. I’m also looking forwarding to seeing a lot of the younger actors (e.g baek sunghyun, yeo jingoo, etc) hop on this bandwagon if this reboot ends up successful and maybe even witness the next wave of future A-listers.

        That being said, I also think IU would be great for this! She’s famous enough to pull in ratings and attention, popular enough to give the reboot some credibility, but different enough from the typical girl-group idol mold to avoid distracting from her character and getting hate. Not to mention she seems a lot better at acting than a lot of her fellow idols.

        • 3.2.2.1 najfin

          omg baek seunghyun! He /needs/ to be in a new drama already!
          I’ve got my White Christmas boys fix coming up: Bang Sung Joon in the ‘Can We Get Married?” drama and here I have Kim Woo Bin. I just Seunghyun and Hong Jonghyun in something and I will be a happy bunny!

    • 3.3 Rendang

      I also like Kpop but I fell in love the Kdrama first before I knew Kpop. I think IU is cute, and her acting is also good.
      Seriously, Kpop and Kdrama are sisters :D. They also come from Korea. Muahahahha. No hurts feeling.

  4. biggie

    daebak!!!

  5. qiurkstine

    Is that PIE I spy? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Squeee! Baby Chung Jung-myung. <3

    • 5.1 beppu10

      Yes!!! I thought I was the only one who saw it :D

  6. biggie

    Cute couple. Girl reminds me so much of jeon ji hyun.

    • 6.1 Fab

      I think we’re not the only ones, in the last episode of NG she got to pick a new name, and guess what it was?

    • 6.2 bd

      At least in that pic, not really.

      Doesn’t have as round of a face as JJH and the eyes are pretty diff.

      The nose is a bit diff. as well.

  7. kopytko

    Is it that somebody enjoyed Kim Woo Bin’s part in AGD and decided to expand the story? He was hilarious as the troublemaker student with a teacher crush. LOL

    • 7.1 anais

      Totally! Faboo!

    • 7.2 butterflylion

      He was my favourite part of the show!

      • 7.2.1 skelly

        Absolutely. As far as I was concerned, he was the only thing worth watching in AGD. More power to him.

    • 7.3 Lila

      Yes! I wish they added more depth to his part in AGD, and given more time to his story

      • 7.3.1 babyfat

        then you will enjoyed his guest sting in ” To a beautiful you” – once look you just want to have a second glance

  8. Fab

    Now I want to watch the nineties School! Is for a part thanks to AM1997. And to be frank high school back then was much more intriguing than these days were kids only communicate through smart-phones and social media.

    Kim Woo-bin was one of the few good things in GD…

    BTW is that Jang Nara next to Jang Hyuk?

    • 8.1 shepo

      the first picture?,,i’m 90% sure,,she’s Bae Doona

    • 8.2 Bamsa

      I want to watch the old drama School too… all the good actors!!! :) I am going to search and see if they have subtitles.

  9. janey

    WOAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH They all look so old school :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  10. 10 meester

    Is that Joo Ji Hoon in the left cornermost photo??? hahahahhaha

    • 10.1 cherkell

      JOO JI HOON!!!! Uncanny resemblance, but Ji-hoon’s name is not coming up in my research on this show. But if it truly is him, now I understand where the idea came from for his hairstyle in “Five Fingers.” :P

      • 10.1.1 anais

        It says Shim Ji Ho.

        • 10.1.1.1 jyyjc

          Omo. Shim ji ho as in chanjin(second lead guy) in color of woman!

          • 10.1.1.1.1 TA

            Thanks. I was just wondering who’s the cute guy in blue, and where I saw him before. I loved him. I watched that boring show for him.

        • 10.1.1.2 Fab

          OMG now I see it too, Shim JI Hoooooooo where is that guy??

    • 10.2 Sue

      No that guy is Shim Ji Ho
      Joo Ji Hoon debuted in 2004

  11. 11 Laica

    Awww they’re babies!

    If Kim Woo-bin is in, so am I. LOVE HIM. His cameo was the best thing about TTBY. He was also the only interesting character in AGD. (I see a theme here…)

    • 11.1 JoAnne

      He was my favorite in White Christmas although I did manage to save a swoon or two for Sung Joon.

      • 11.1.1 KStyle

        Me too JoAnne

        Love me some Kim Woo Bin, he is so dreamy plus TOP’s hyung but not really.

        He is a really good actor who seriously needs a meaty role that will escalate his popularity and the roles that are offered to him.

        I’m so in for School. I was able to see alittle of bit via YouTube (thanks) so yes I’m in full support of a reboot. What they need to do is get the writers from The Flower Boys series and Answer Me 1997 to get in on this show.

        School HWAITING!!!

    • 11.2 cheekbones

      I really hope this would be Kim Woo-bin’s Dream High to KSH or Shut Up Flower Boy Band to Sung Joon. Please be a good drama……

  12. 12 Angel

    This is so cool!

  13. 13 nuna

    it would be more interesting if they follow the life of the original characters, their kids as the main character this time around.
    with idols or not, what matter is some solid acting & interesting story-line.

    • 13.1 deb

      sorta like Degrassi? The first couple seasons of the new generation were such a guilty pleasure for me. I remember downloading all the episodes as soon as they aired in Canada lol…

  14. 14 Joan

    Omg the hair.. the camera quality.. makes me so nostalgic hahah

    • 14.1 shelhass

      The Fashion!

      That’s certanly painful to watch sometimes. Even if they’re mostly wearing uniforms.

  15. 15 piggy68gal

    Lee Yoo Bi! I am really liking her role in Nice Guy now. She is so adorable! And I have also read about Kim Woo Bin’s various characters through the recaps here so I’ll be looking forward to this drama if they will really be acting in it. :•)

  16. 16 kakashi

    ha! love the old screenshots …

  17. 17 ND

    they all look so cute!! :)

    • 17.1 ND

      90s…..my favorite….

  18. 18 ck1Oz

    Oh man look at those old photos. Playing spot the star now. Wookie- you were so good looking then too. :-)

  19. 19 JIW_sobangnim

    consider me sold. bae is a good producer and the names from the previous one…and if its rokko like 응답하라 this is BOUND to be good.

    god. too much drama. too little time.
    no time to live a real life when reel life is like this.

  20. 20 luvyluna

    So far my feeling can be trusted about who’s actor/tress or singer who has “a thing” that will make them getting shiny. When I see Wo-Bin on GD’s, I know he has something attracted that make some script will be offered on his hand.. Hope he’ll great in the future :)

  21. 21 Danna

    Crazy Mirooo !!!!! I just Lub Kim Woo Bin!! Super excited already

  22. 22 jinkzz

    In my drowsy and sleepy state, I misread Kim Woo-bin as Won Bin at first glance…lol

    • 22.1 Ara

      You’re not the only one *sigh*

  23. 23 Ara

    Lee Yoo Bi is really quite beautiful – definitely on par with the more famous actresses in Korea. I think she’ll go far in the industry.

  24. 24 neener

    wow! the old photos are the BEST! and I’ll definitely watch this just for KWB I need to watch more of him!

  25. 25 Hallyusurfer

    I can’t really read hangul properly but who’s Shim Ji Ho? Jung Si Ah looked sooo different..everyone else looked same.

  26. 26 Sajen

    Vampire Idol. (He was an alien vampire who fell in love with her inside a bunny mascot costume, not knowing there was a girl inside. )

    ok that sounds insane, in a good way anyone know where I can watch Vampire Idol.

    Also I was already interested in School because I knew Ha Ji Won was in one of the seasons, but know that I know that people such as Jang Hyuk, Su Ae, Bae Doo Na, Lee Yo Won, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, fantastic actors and actresses so how could it not be wonderful, o.k. don’t answer that they probably didn’t come out of the gate as awesome as they are now, but I can dream that they were some of the best on earth from birth can’t I, also frankly a loose concept of high school students with hish school problems intrigues me, so does anyone know if there’s somewhere I can watch all 4 seasons with subtitles?

    • 26.1 JoAnne

      I’m pretty sure DC-net has it but it wasnt’ really being subbed so I stopped watching after a couple episodes. And then they cancelled it well before the scheduled end date, too.

  27. 27 tkc

    Kim Won Bin is love.

  28. 28 tinatot

    OMO! Top stars! O.O

    i hope i get to see nam jihyun, soohyun(is he still fit for these school roles??) and the moon-sun children in this revamp! :))

  29. 29 AuntieMame

    They were my favorite couple in Vampire Idol. They were totally adorable.

    I look forward and hope the production company find just the right combination of fun, heart and angst.

  30. 30 ND

    ’m just curious..so i’m asking….

    I have seen in dramas like best love,full house etc that even the top stars perform all household work like cooking,etc on their own…so is it like this in Korea that everyone does each work by themselves??

    • 30.1 Claire

      what country are you from? as far as I have known everyone (every country) does work on their own unless you’re a rich kid and have maids to do the work instead..

      • 30.1.1 ND

        well everyone does that…i know….
        but they are the “top stars” who are very rich….so i’m asking about them….

        • 30.1.1.1 ND

          even we do our own work….but i’m not talking about the common people….they are the stars so i’m asking….

        • 30.1.1.2 Claire

          Oh i see..well it’s drama/movie so I guess they really have to do that..I also don’t know if they do that in real life XD

          • 30.1.1.2.1 snowy

            :)

      • 30.1.2 shelhass

        HAUHAUHAUHAUHA.

        Sorry, but I have to say something. I’m currently living in Brazil, and almost everybody, ok not evebody, but a large part of people here have maids.
        I actually never saw someone do chorus around here, which explains why evebody keeps telling me to find ‘someone to help with the house cleaning’.
        Hee.

    • 30.2 SoulsEntwined

      I assume most top stars would be too busy to do their own housework. Of course some stars still live with their parents or rather their parents live with them. So maybe their parents handle the housework?

  31. 31 mud

    I love a good high school story done right. I hope the cast isn’t going to be entirely made up of idols with little to no acting talent. Please let there be actors & actresses, pretty please drama gods. Also, these big name A-listers have not aged a day. Ha Ji-won looks like she’s the same then and now.

  32. 32 Miky

    I absolutely adore this couple,hope they wil pair again in this show

  33. 33 angskeet

    OMG! I recognize so many actors and actresses! they were so young.

  34. 34 crazedlu

    Dang. Everyone went through this series before hitting it big. I’m excited. I love myself some high school dramas. If these are the two leads, I’m soooo down.

  35. 35 Brandi

    Oh wow. The old pics … makes me laugh and cry at the same time. You mean, the stars were YOUNG? Ha ha …

  36. 36 canxi

    I like high school themed shows. When they tackle real problems and it’s not just about the struggle to be popular, it can be really cool, entertaining, and nostalgic. Kim Woo Bin is in? Then I’m in. He’s one of my favorite young actors. :)

  37. 37 Claire

    oh god..i hate remakes but this one makes me excited..just look at those actors/actresses..most of them became top stars!

    if they put promising young actors/actresses now on the remake, we never know they might be top stars in the future too!

    Kim Woo bin and Lee Yubi seems to have decent acting so I’m in! hopefully they put decent actors/actresses because if they put terrible ones, i’m gonna be so disappointed..how bout Lee Minho (the young one) or Park Minwoo (the one in Flower boy Ramyun Shop) ^__^

  38. 38 Mia

    Toki-couple is back!!! I really hope that they’ll act together again. I’m so happy right now :D
    Wow to the old pictures! Some of them still looks the same!

  39. 39 Mystisith

    Love Kim Wo-bin. Will give it a try for him.
    On those pics, Ha Ji-won has exactly the same face than today. Gasp. Also, the *murderous side glance* was already there…

  40. 40 MIKEY

    Where can you watch the original series online?

  41. 41 Noelle

    YAY Woo Bin! I love him.

  42. 42 jyyjc

    2nd from the left screen cap in the last row of the last pic looks like 2am’s im seoulong.

  43. 43 SoulsEntwined

    YES PLEASE, so much want. Dieing to see anything staring Kim WooBin

  44. 44 mysterious

    They had me at Kim Woo-bin! If he is in the drama then I’m in no matter what!

  45. 45 monch

    Can anyone tell me who is the actor from the inferior left corner in the last picture, i think i have see him before but i can’t remember the name :(

  46. 46 thedayea

    Didn’t Untitle do the soundtrack for the original? <3 them…

  47. 47 Jeannette

    WOO-BIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.

    I am so all over this drama.

  48. 48 Lily

    I’m so happy that Kim Woo-bin is acting in a drama again! I fell in love with his character in A Gentleman’s Dignity. Kim Woo-bin FIGHTING !!! ;)

  49. 49 mia

    I’ve heard so much about this show. I just hope the lesson was learned from “Dream High 2″ not to make the same mistake again. “If it aint broke, don’t fix”. “Dream High” was written well and had great character development. They could have kept the same format for Season 2 and just added new students with new stories. Hope this revamped version of “School” does better.

  50. 50 shelhass

    OMOMOMOMOMOMO!!!

    I still have this entire drama burned in a CD somewhere (shhhh)! Good old years…

    Wait, will we receive lots and lots of cameos, right?
    If not I can totally watch it for Kim Woo-bin, as I’m still furious we did not get more of him in To the Beautiful You.

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