Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin consider reuniting on the big screen
Is it officially a reunion if their first onscreen outing hasn’t aired yet? Kim Nam-gil and Sohn Ye-jin already have a drama on the way with KBS’s revenge thriller Shark set to premiere in two weeks, but word is they’re also both considering the same movie, called Pirate. Wait, the movie’s got a nautically-themed title too? That’s a whole lot of redundancy. Now I want them to sign on, and follow it up with a drama remake of Moby Dick in 2014.
Pirate is the next project from writer Chun Sung-il, of Chuno and Level 7 Civil Servant fame. (And yes, that includes both the film and drama versions of Civil Servant, and no, I don’t want to talk about it.) The movie is being planned as a big blockbuster action sageuk, set in the Joseon era. And the plot sounds insane, so brace yourselves.
Around the time of Joseon’s founding, a whale ghost (or is it ghost-whale?) swallows a royal seal. Already I have questions, but we’ll keep going. The heroine is a pirate, and the hero is a bandit — the dry land kind, because the plot specifies the water/land dichotomoy — and they team up to go after this whale. So it kind of IS Moby Dick already, I guess. But their real battle is with other pirates, the truly heinous criminals who have been exiled to sea, who are also after the seal. So…who’s playing Jack Sparrow?
I’m looking forward to this pairing, but my eyebrow is up to *here* right now. Who knew two projects called Pirate and Shark could be so vastly different from one another? Pirate plans to start shooting in August, and Shark airs Mondays/Tuesdays starting May 27 on KBS.
Via My Daily