I Summon You, Gold loses Lee Jong-hyuk in last-minute shake-up
javabeans: Dramaland is crazeballs. We knew this. And yet, every day brings more proof. You may not have had upcoming weekend drama I Summon You, Gold on your to-watch list (or even drama radar), but the behind-the-scenes news is turning out to be much more juicy. Also, really confusing.
girlfriday: It’s definitely another life-imitating-art classic King of Dramas scenario. The drama actually swapped creative hands a month out from its premiere?
javabeans: Yes. It’s switching its entire production team in the eleventh hour. What’s craziest about this scenario is not that it lost its lead actor, Lee Jong-hyuk (sadface), or that it’s lost a director or writer or even jumped stations (it hasn’t lost those, just its hero). What’s crazy is that it is switching production companies. As in, the people actually making the show. Who does that? How does that even work?
javabeans: (Let it be noted that girlfriday and I sat here for ten minutes trying to come up with an analogy in the real world and had to scrap it because the real world is not that insane.)
girlfriday: Apparently, you can take a drama in the middle of production, and give the idea to a new company, as long as you steal the writer along with it?
javabeans: First off, ONE MONTH. One freaking month till airdate. (It’s slated to follow Rascal Sons.) Secondly, is it a good thing or a bad thing that it hasn’t started filming yet, and therefore has no filmed product gone to waste?
girlfriday: Maybe we’ve just put our finger on why the first production company lost this show.
javabeans: But… losing the prodco lost them their star actor. (GnG is the old production company. They represent Lee Jong-hyuk. When they lost the show to Yigim Productions, Lee understandably did not follow.) You win some, you lose some?
girlfriday: Losing Lee Jong-hyuk is a big ‘some.’
javabeans: To make it more complicated, I Summon You, Gold originated with the broadcast station, with whom the writer has a contract. The broadcaster gave the drama to GnG, then took it back to give to Yigim… which is where the writer is contracted. So why not start with Yigim?
girlfriday: They must’ve stolen her as part of the deal?
javabeans: Who else is confused? We need a better illustration. So: In King of Dramas terms, this would be like if SBC gave Kyungsung Morning to Anthony first, then Empire did its shady maneuvering in the background and stole Jung Ryeo-won out from under Anthony’s nose. So Empire scored the drama and the writer, but lost Siwon, who stuck with his bro.
girlfriday: (Fictional aww.)
javabeans: By the way, the broadcaster is MBC.
girlfriday: Well, mystery solved.