MBC’s got a new drama in the works, and it’s a remake of one of their biggest hits from 1999/2000 — the medical sageuk Heo Jun, about the life of the legendary doctor and historian. The remake’s title will be Gu-am Heo Jun, to include Heo Jun’s pen name, Gu-am. Han Chae-ah (Gaksital, Oohlala Spouses) has been cast as the heroine, and Namgoong Min (Can You Hear My Heart?) is up to play the second lead. No word yet on who will play Heo Jun.
The 1999 version starred Jeon Gwang-ryul (I Miss You, Light and Shadow) as Heo Jun and hit an astounding 65.3% ratings peak in its heyday. That one was already an epic (at 64 episodes), but this time the remake is going for 120 episodes, to be aired as a daily drama five times a week. Really? I know this is MBC, the station that knows no other genre but the medical sageuk, but still. That’s a LOT of medical sageuk. I wonder if this is why they axed sitcoms, because they should’ve just said they were going to replace comedy with more Joseon docs, and we would’ve all said, Well, sounds like you.
The drama will tell the life story of Heo Jun, from dramatic childhood to royal physician. He became a court physician during the reign of King Seonjo (latter half of the 16th century), and went on to write what would become the defining text of traditional Korean medicine. The groundbreaking thing about it at the time was that he wrote it in Hangul, so that medicine could be understood and learned by commoners, as was his hope.
Han Chae-ah will play Lady Ye-jin, and Namgoong Min will play Yoo Do-ji, a doctor alongside Heo Jun in the court. The remake will be penned by Choi Wan-kyu of Light and Shadow and Jumong, and directed by PD Kim Geun-hong of Kye Baek. So despite being a daily drama in its airing schedule, it’s probably going to be closer to a bigger sageuk production — Kye Baek without the war, Horse Healer without the horse… you get the picture.
Gu-am Heo Jun is preparing for a March broadcast. The hunt for a hero is on.
Via Oh My News