Drama Casting & News
Nine remake pilot in the works, aiming at U.S. broadcast
by | October 27, 2013 | 112 Comments

A potential American remake is in the works for tvN’s drama Nine: Nine Time Travels, which was a solid cult hit for the cable station earlier this year. It’s just been sold to American producers to be made into a pilot episode (which would be filmed first, then hopefully picked up for a full run). Every now and again there are rumblings of a Korean drama heading to the U.S. for an adaptation so I’m taking this one with a grain of salt, but it does sound a bit more concrete this time around so I’m perking my ears up in interest.

Of all the dramas that have toyed with remakes, Nine does seem to me to be the perfect vehicle for crossover potential, because above all it has a fantastic plot with lots of twisty turns and taut suspense that lasts till the end. I did end up finishing the series despite getting stuck on the early episodes back when it aired, and found that things do pick up nicely—it’s just too bad it didn’t have that intensity in its early weeks that it built up to later on. Otherwise I would’ve been all over it from the start.

There’s always a sense of a K-drama or movie losing its special appeal when it tries to go abroad (for instance, with My Name is Kim Sam-soon, which was licensed for a remake that didn’t happen, or My Sassy Girl and Il Mare, which did happen), but Nine is so jam-packed with tightly plotted mystery and action that I think it would withstand the jump intact. The concept is both familiar enough to be saleable (time-traveler seeks to correct an injustice) and unique enough to give the genre a new twist (in the way it handles time and time manipulation differently than previous time-traveling shows).

Actress Kim Yun-jin (Lost) will be serving as a producer and is a key player in getting the project off the ground, using her connections in both countries to get the deal going. The production company on the Hollywood side is Fake Empire, which is run by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C., The Carrie Diaries, Chuck); the Nine remake is looking for a slot on the ABC lineup.

The would be a pretty sweet deal, though it’s certainly not a done one—the production has a lot of hoops to go through before it could make it on air. According to tvN, currently the pilot script is being written for the American remake, and is looking to be a part of spring’s pilot roundup to be sold at the networks’ May up-front presentations. If everything pans out well, it would hit the air as soon as next fall. Which seems like a long, long process by K-dramaland’s hectic standards but is actually really speedy by American ones.

(Just a note: Inasmuch as Nine is a show that’s heavily dependent on suspense, for the sake of folks who haven’t seen it, I’ll ask that you don’t give away huge spoilers here. (That includes stuff like “I won’t say who died/got married/turned evil, but OH MY GOD that was a shocker!” Dude, still a spoiler.) I promise I’ll put up a review post at some point where you’ll be able to talk about the ending to your heart’s content, but I don’t want to ruin the fun for others.)

Via Star News

RELATED POSTS

112 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. jaye

    i think this is better than the remake of BOF.. LOL

    • 1.1 Stephanie

      there was?? Or only a suggestion?

      • 1.1.1 Caitlyn

        They’re doing an American BOF remake but not a major network, just a little company. I think they’re going to release it online; not sure when, they’ve only just finished casting.

      • 1.1.2 Rachel

        It is real! I can’t wrap my head around having a white guy portraying Goo Jun Pyo though. Just so bizarre. I’m giving them a chance though. Probably can’t hold them to the same standards as I would for a Korean/Japanese/Taiwanese drama. Pictures of the cast have been posted online already.

        • 1.1.2.1 Jjie

          It looks like they’re adapting it to the Japanese version, which I didn’t see, but if you seen one you probably seen them all? The male lead in BoF and meteor garden were both assery mcDouche soo…we know the American version will also be a bully at the beginning.

          Kinda neat that producers said it won’t be a high school…and that “We will have a traditional American couple. They will kiss, hold hangs, hug, date etc. They are in Grad school so they are mature and understand what a relationship is”…..so…is this layman term for sex scene?

          • 1.1.2.1.1 Joe

            It would have been nice if Asian American Actors and Actress were chosen to do the remake of BOYS OVER FLOWER instead of White Caucasian American Actors and Actresses.

    • 1.2 Ace

      I’ve checked out the news about the American adaptation of Hana Yori Dango and its cast and… lmao!!! Anyway, might check it out just to see how bad they could mess it up. Who knows it might be better than the TW version which I really hated.

      • 1.2.1 Muriell812

        The remake of BOF is obviously a hoax!
        I say it’s obvious because to be able to film an american version, they need to buy the rights to do it and there’s absolutely no news about this anywhere.

        • 1.2.1.1 Cynthia

          No hoax. Dramafever has been covering it like crazy, complete with staff interviews and also interviewing cast members involved in this Americanized version. You can check it out, if interested on the DF Facebook page.

        • 1.2.1.2 BellaMafia

          Not a hoax. The drama is listed on IMDB (between boys and friends).

      • 1.2.2 daphne

        As much as I wanted it to be a hoax, unfortunately it’s happening…check out bbfseries.com and mydramalist.com

        • 1.2.2.1 Cynthia

          I went to imdb… and for what i saw, it is going to lose all sense of comedy.. 🙁

    • 1.3 Bel

      They’re also making a remake of the drama Loving You A Thousand Times (천만번 사랑해), but in Mexican network: Televisa. They’ve already casted the main leads and supposedly will air next year in February…

      • 1.3.1 whatsthescenario

        Mexican production companies know their way around a Telenovela, so I believe they will do a good job with the adaptation. I don’t think the US can pull off BoF. Just the names that were chosen for the characters has already turned me off. LOL.

        I think Nine is better suited for American audiences and will adapt easily and there will definitely be sex scenes.

  2. Gaeina Lee

    I enjoyed watching NINE immensely. Uh, scratch that, I enjoyed watching LJW and JYH in Nine immensely… ^^

    • 2.1 morning dew

      Agree. They’re both amazing as couple.

      • 2.1.1 Lilian

        I want to like your comment >_< hahaha….

  3. chane

    Second that, please don’t spoil us who haven’t watch it yet. This is still on my PTW list.

    • 3.1 ck1Oz

      Me too I’ve had it on my to watch pile.

      • 3.1.1 D

        i still need to finish it.. which i doubt will happen before the year ends

  4. Y.

    I’ll repeat what I said in my Twitter: I think that, out of all k-dramas I’ve seen, this is one of the most suited to be made an American remake. It wasn’t /that/ rooted in Korea, in a sense that you don’t really need to change as many thing as, say, Queen In-hyun’s Man (?), and time travelling and mystery does work for the occidental word. Yes, I can see it working there.

    But maybe instead of going to Tibet they might be going to Machu Picchu? Dunno.

    Either way, I think I’ll watch it if they do remake it 🙂

    • 4.1 Requiem

      Could be Machu Picchu or maybe Chichen Itza.

      Mayans were historically more mysterious than the Incans what with their calendar ending in 2012 and their disappearance.

      • 4.1.1 Y.

        True, it makes sense – I only said Machu Picchu and not Chichén Itzá because I was thinking on mountains and so, but you’ve got a point.

        And that “Tibet” in my first post was actually supposed to be “Nepal” if my memory serves me right /___=

        • 4.1.1.1 mina

          Yup, it was Nepal, not Tibet.

    • 4.2 Kent

      I don’t see why can’t they go to Tibet. Afterall it is a remake they don’t have change everything!

      • 4.2.1 Windsun33

        Since this is apparently a low budget film, they will probably end up going to Chinatown in San Francisco 😀

        • 4.2.1.1 Lilly

          LOL

  5. Requiem

    One thing that will be interesting to see if they do remake Nine is whether they’ll stick to the original story and length.

    I dunno how much American TV producers are ready to splurge for a show over in a season.

    OTOH, as a watcher, I’d love it if more American TV did this as it can be draining to watch a show as it starts going through the motions (like Lost) rather than have something from start to end even if it’s a shorter end.

    • 5.1 Caitlyn

      Yeah, that was my first thought too. Will they go for just one season, or try to make several? I mean, it’s the kind of premise that could definitely be stretched over several years, but if they want to make a top notch show, they should stick to one season.

    • 5.2 Jessica

      This is why I’ve basically given up on American TV.

      I no longer have the time and patience to spend YEARS watching (and waiting) a series.

      Especially because they end up destroying the characters I love all for the sake of keeping the series going (Dawson’s Creek, I’m looking at you!!!).

      • 5.2.1 Requiem

        Yup.

        Exact same thing for me as I’ve basically quit American TV because of the long time commitment needed where they can totally mess with characters you’ve grown to like and love.

        Heck, I even have problems with K-dramas where I don’t want to spend my time with something that might turn into a hot mess.

        Only K-dramas I’ve watched as they’ve been released full on have been Monstar and Two Weeks. Tried watching Good Doctor, but again got disappointed as the main character got morphed into someone who wasn’t what he was previously in the first couple of episodes.

        What I usually try to do is wait to hear if something has good reviews and then hop on board so that I can mini-marathon a show where I catch up right as the last episodes are airing.

        It’s helped me weed out some of the chaff, but it also makes it not as fun as you don’t have as much to discuss nor people to discuss things with until you’re fully caught up.

        • 5.2.1.1 Caitlyn

          Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I like watching shows as they’re airing. It’s fun to be able to chat about it with other people that are watching it. I’ve stopped watching as many Western shows as well. Is that just a thing that happens when you get into asian dramas, do you think? lol

          • 5.2.1.1.1 Requiem

            “I’ve stopped watching as many Western shows as well. Is that just a thing that happens when you get into asian dramas, do you think? lol”

            It probably doesn’t help :).

            I don’t thinks it’s the only reason, though. As I stopped watching Western TV a while ago before I really got into asian dramas.

            I think it was getting burned and burned out by Lost that might have finally tuned me out. Though I did the same thing with Lost as I did with K-dramas. I waited until Season 6 before I marathoned the previous 5 seasons of Lost. Only reason I kept going was to discuss it with friends….

      • 5.2.2 Pipit

        Love your Dawson’s Creek comment ^-^
        I LOVE earlier parts of that show but ended up not knowing how it ended for I stopped watching when the characters started to change and felt like I watched an entirely different show.

  6. makoto

    My favorite show in first half 2013. Goodluck luck with the production. 🙂

  7. Herlene

    great! love that drama, hope it will turn out as good too!

  8. Ace

    I really didn’t like the lead actors when they were casted, but since Nine was so good story-wise, the acting didn’t matter in the end though Lee Jin-wook did great with the brooding and sad stares.

    I wonder who’ll be casted in the remake and if Hollywood wouldn’t mess up another adaptation this time around.

    • 8.1 Kiara

      Same, especially after Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na’s amazing chemistry in QIHM.
      The story was good but I didn’t care much for the two leads so I didn’t finish it.

      I wouldn’t call “My Sassy Girl” a real Hollywood adaptation. It was made by some no name people and it went straight to dvd. If they are gonna go Hollywood then they need to go with a director and actors that we have heard of and can make it work.

      Hollywood to me is Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron,Clint Eastwood, Peter Jackson etc. As for actors, Daniel Day Lewis, Meryl Streep all the way to the young Jennifer Lawrence etc etc.

      Since this is a tv adaptation, maybe its a good start with these two producers. I didn’t care for Gossip Girl but it was very popular.

      • 8.1.1 J

        aren’t you a snobbish little thing? there are way more talented people in Hollywood than those creme de la creme names, you know

        • 8.1.1.1 Kiara

          I cant possibly list every single actors and directors, hence the etc. Why don’t you make your own.

          • 8.1.1.1.1 Fab

            Ironically you only came up with the big makers of blockbusters. The word is talent not hype nor money.

          • 8.1.1.1.2 Kiara

            They have talents and the reason I listed them is because people are more familiar with them. Nolan makes big hits now but back then Memento which only made 25 million is what made me love him as a director. I said I love their older films better.

        • 8.1.1.2 ilikemangos

          I think her point was just to get those big names attached to the project as to attract attention and be successful in the big world of Hollywood. It’s sad, but true. It’s rare for even american indies to really make it big in hollywood.
          Silver Linings Playbook did that, (aside from it’s great story) you had big celebrity names Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper attached to it.
          If someone’s favorite celebrity is attached to a project, then they’re more inclined to check it out. That’s from a commercial standpoint.
          Actual talent, that’s a different story.

      • 8.1.2 Ace

        Wow! Of all the names you’ve mentioned, Peter Jackson is the only one whose works I watch as I love his Tolkien adaptations. In the past few years, the only Hollywood films I watch are animation films like Despicable Me and those created by Pixar, some selected Johnny Depp-Tim Burton collaborations, or Marvel/DC comic book adaptations. I mostly avoid films that are “Oscar” nominated by big name producers/directors. Also, sometimes the small indie productions are the best things to watch instead of Oscar materials.

        • 8.1.2.1 Kiara

          My favorites are from some of their older work like Nolan, Memento is still my favorite. Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima and Spielberg for ET and Schindler’s List. Scorsese, I love some of his films from the 1990s.
          I spent most of my time digging up old Korean movies. Some are better than Hollywood movies and are better off in the hands of Korean directors.

          • 8.1.2.1.1 Windsun33

            My secret fetish is old Japanese movies, especially those from the 1935-1948 period, but pretty hard to find – and even harder to find them subbed. Some are pretty awful, but my main interest in them is to see how they weave propaganda into them.

          • 8.1.2.1.2 Kiara

            Lol I can watch old samurai movies all day even if they are horrible, same with Korean traditional sageuks. I love old Hollywood movies, like Sabrina from 1954.

        • 8.1.2.2 pogo

          ‘Oscar’ films are often so tailored to a formula that I pretty much just call those films ‘Oscar bait’ when they come out – you know, ‘serious’ but nothing too disturbing or groundbreaking (hence why the likes of Lars von Trier etc will never be nominated for their work), or self-consciously clever, if they’re comedy.

          There are much, much better films being made in other countries and on smaller budgets, the only reason why they’re not going the Oscar route being that they don’t have the budget for the publicity or they don’t follow the formula. Sure, the Oscars reward ‘good’ films, but often at the cost of great ones.

          And to anyone who doubts this, New York magazine’s Vulture blog published an interview with an anonymous Oscar voter this year that bore out everything I’ve ever thought about the Oscars.

    • 8.2 Windsun33

      There is the Hollywood of Avatar, Pacific Rim, and Gone With the Wind fame. And then there is the other Hollywood, which churns out a lot of low budget and sometimes pretty awful films. This one seems to be in the latter group.

    • 8.3 Jo

      Honestly I don’t have much hope for the American ver. I loved the Korean version a lot, but the company that “is run by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl, The O.C., The Carrie Diaries, Chuck)”? Those series that they made are like the American ver of makjangs -_-*
      I hope it’s good. I really do. But ABC is no go getter in depth. They like drama and pseudo-depth but…yeaa..

  9. Z

    I didn’t watch this show but, from what I understand of it, it’s the kind of thing American producers would just LOVE to get their hands on. Enough mystery and plot twists to drag out for five or six seasons and keep the audience guessing as to what’s really going on. I tried a couple of shows like that before I went full on KDrama addicted. I think I lasted a season and a half of “Lost” and two seasons of “Heroes.” But I just can’t get myself to care long term about what’s going on. Except for episodic shows, like sitcoms, I can no longer watch anything that lasts over a season. SO not much American TV for me.

    • 9.1 Windsun33

      Same here. So many US shows just seem to lose their focus after the first one or two seasons, and start veering off into Weird Territory, or start getting repetitious. I think “House” was the only one I followed to the end. I was a big fan of “Bones” for a while, but then they started putting in off the wall situations (basically American Makjang), and even some supernatural crap tossed in, so have not watched it for quite a while.

      • 9.1.1 Quiet Thought

        ‘Bones’ jumped the shark for we when, like a lot of American series, it introduced a Superkiller. Like Red Jack on ‘The Mentalist’, or Foyet on ‘Criminal Minds,’ or any one of a dozen other shows. The Superkiller is like the villain in ‘The Devil,’ so incredibly intelligent and skilled that normal police detectives are helpless to find him, stop, or even hold him in jail. So he can kill whoever he pleases, go after the families of the detectives, murder a bus-load of people if he’s publicly challenged, find people in the witness protection programs at will, etc.

        The problem is that, unlike in ‘The Devil’, cops in American TV series are not isolated enough to make something like this plausible. They belong to powerful organizations with vast resources, and any villain like this would quickly find himself overwhelmed by numbers and expertise. So the writers have to make everyone working for the Good Guys act seriously stupid to restrict the plot to the regular cast.

        The Superkiller in ‘Bones’ apparently is a hacker so supremely gifted that he can delete his own records from Federal databases and interfere with a FBI agent’s cell phone right in a Federal courtroom. In the show, everyone treats him like Saruman the Wizard, powerful and mysterious beyond human ken, and for no comprehensible reason, no one listens to the veteran crimefighters who know how dangerous he is.

        It the real world, any one of a dozen criminal hacking acts he committed would have had him disappear into Federal custody. There, he would have no electronic access atg all and his lawyers would have less contact with him than Bradley Manning, while the best minds in the NSA and FBI burn off thousands of man hours. figuring out how he did it.

        • 9.1.1.1 Windsun33

          That “Super Killer” batch of shows is what killed it for me also. On the Makjang scale that was a 9/10 at least, even worse than most Korean melos. except maybe Dr. Jin.

          • 9.1.1.1.1 chickenwing

            On a side note, while Dr Jin was laughably unwatchable (barely readable), the original Japanese version was coherent and quite alright. Better acting, tighter story, hotter heroine. I can see why they would TRY to adapt it for a Korean audience

    • 9.2 ilikemangos

      Yeah, another thing about k-dramas that american shows lack. Even if you’ve got a slow drama it ends at 16-20 episodes.
      American shows overstay their welcome and start to decline in quality after a few seasons.
      Breaking Bad is one of those rare shows that knows when it’s time to bid farewell. It was solid from beginning to end — despite its 5 seasons.

      • 9.2.1 Lilly

        I agree. Smallville for example, should have ended when Jonathan Kent died. Show was good up to that point.

        Maybe they should stick to five year max plans. The Star Treks all had some filler years of not so great towards the end of their seven years.

        Of course those are the better shows and most would be better off with a single season for a story, like American Horror Story is doing now.

        Maybe their fear of Netflix is causing them to consider more stand alone seasons for stories.

      • 9.2.2 Kiara

        There are shows like Criminal Minds which I still watch where crimes are actually solved at the end of each episodes.
        I think some of the K-dramas declines too in quality when live shooting catches up. Most obvious,… Sword and Flower.

  10. 10 damianna

    watched the first ep n then i was sidetracked by some other lighter, fluffier dramas i guess. gotta pick it up again based on you guys’s review.

  11. 11 m92

    damn..it should be awesome! lee jin wook really kill it! wonder who will be the lead..it has potential to be hit! best drama for the 1st half 2013! however it doesn’t only rely on good script and writing but also brilliant casts! korean actors are really good in delivering their emotion and charisma. The US one should be good too even in different vibe..

  12. 12 jomo

    So what you’re saying is, I may actually be watching an American TV show in the relatively near future?

    Time travel shows and movies are very popular with US audiences.
    I didn’t watch Lost, but I know it was a huge hit.
    And who didn’t love Back to the Future?

    • 12.1 Kiara

      I think Lost was great in the beginning but then you get lost in it and it became a chore to watch. It was way too long and I hated the ending too.
      But, this is not the people who made Lost so I’m not sure what to think of it.

      • 12.1.1 Windsun33

        Yup – they just started tossing in some really crazy stuff trying to stretch it out. I quit watching after a while, it just seemed to be going into some kind of secret government plot or something.. I never consciously “quit” – I just stopped tuning in.

      • 12.1.2 ilikemangos

        Lost remains one of the most unique shows i’ve ever watched. It actually took quite a few episodes for me to finally get hooked despite the great first few episodes.
        But once the show started developing each character and we learned more about their past, it was hard to let go **SPOILER** when the characters started dying. I cried buckets in that alternate reality when they all started remembering each other. Also the scene when Sun and Jin drowned together.

        It probably became too convoluted for my taste (or anyones), but it definitely changed television. Out of all the american shows i’ve watched, the one that i can still remember distinctly are scenes from Lost.
        They unnecessarily dragged it out but if someone played an ost from the show it would probably make me emotional.
        Anyone who’s watched from beginning to end and kept it dear to their heart knows that one song!

        • 12.1.2.1 ilikemangos

          Hm, i used the spoiler tag but it didn’t work?

      • 12.1.3 Requiem

        Problem with Lost is one that’s common in K-dramas (especially with the live-shooting): the poor script after the first fleshed out ideas are finished.

        Abrams has even said, he knew what he wanted for the beginning and the ending, but everything in between was fluid.

        Unlike say Two Weeks where things are pretty much methodically plotted to give a tightness to the story that makes it feel real, Lost lost it’s way since it didn’t have a clue how it was going to connect the beginning and ending scenes.

        • 12.1.3.1 Kiara

          Maybe it would have made a difference if he stayed with the show till the end? I think he left to do Mission Impossible during Season 1.

          • 12.1.3.1.1 Requiem

            Actually, I got it slightly wrong.

            I meant to say Lindelof. Abrams was part of writing the first episodes, but didn’t really have further input in it.

            Lindelof had the main idea and the beginning (with Abrams) and end in place. He just didn’t have much of the rest fleshed out.

    • 12.2 pogo

      jomo – the only thing that gives me pause is the name of the associated production house, they are the masters of messy teenage-level soap opera bad scripts. (case in point: Gossip Girl)

      • 12.2.1 Briana

        Excuse me but Chuck is probably one of the best shows I have ever seen from the production company. Actually it is my favorite spy series I have ever watched. The show is in good hands.

      • 12.2.2 jomo

        Anyone who wants to discuss WITH SPOILERS,
        so we can keep DB spoiler- free,
        come over to the blog linked in my name.

        Let’s talk about Nine, baby…and the kisses.

    • 12.3 Mashimomo

      Jomo – I enjoyed your recaps for Nine so maybe you can do a parallel review once this comes out on American TV?

      As for the remake, I could see them stretching the what ifs for multiple seasons and possibly giving a better background for each character. But at the same time, this is exactly what turned me off most American series as the plot sorta gets lost and new story arcs pop up which takes the focus away from the original story. That said, I’m hoping it would be a successful crossover hit that would appeal to viewers.

      • 12.3.1 jomo

        Thanks! EE and I already decided to do that if it happens!

        It would be fun.

        • 12.3.1.1 nomad

          I’ll read the recaps, God willing. I’ve completely divorced American TV, my TV doesn’t even work anymore. 😛

          • 12.3.1.1.1 Windsun33

            Mine still works on local channels. But I canceled my DirecTV sub a long time ago. 99% of what I watch now come via the internet – with a ROKU device I can get most of what I need, and what little I can’t get there (like Viki), I can get from my laptop and plug into my bigscreen TV.

  13. 13 Sumame

    “it’s just too bad it didn’t have that intensity in its early weeks that it built up to later on. Otherwise I would’ve been all over it from the start. ”

    not really i was so hooked since 1st episode and it was intense…are we watch a same drama?

    • 13.1 chickenwing

      I watched it back when it aired and I have to say it’s quite slow at some points, more so at the start. I think I was quite optimistic about it because of Queen Inhyun’s Man, and also because I found Lee Jin Wook such a compelling actor (those eyes!). Helped to have shows on other networks back then that didn’t interest me

  14. 14 ija

    nine.. i like this drama. not a typical one

  15. 15 news

    It was slow to start but I totally got sucked in by the end of episode 4.

  16. 16 Rachel

    I really enjoyed it, and in some ways I think it’s perfect for a crossover. The big barrier for me is that Kdramas have a specific, limited story arc, whereas American shows go on and on for many seasons. With this show, I think it would have to be limited to a certain number of episodes to work. Otherwise you end up with something ridiculous like Lost.

  17. 17 Annie

    This is so far from being a done deal that I’m not really holding my breath. I was thinking the pilot had already been given the green light.

  18. 18 Fab

    that’s interesting! I remember wanting to watch the show but I missed it somehow. But there was quiet an overkill of timetravelling dramas.

    • 18.1 Gian

      That is true Fab. There were a few time traveling shows for a little bit there. haha And, we still have Mi Rae’s Choice.

      Nine may have been a little slow to start but, when it got rolling, it was outstanding. For those of you who have it on your “to watch” pile, why don’t you just move it to the top of the list. I mean, if your looking for a drama with mystery, suspense, science fiction, romance, and even a little religion, then nine is right up your alley. I really enjoyed this one from start to finish. And, after you’ve watched it, then we could even have a lengthy discussion just about the ending. haha

      • 18.1.1 Newbie

        True. Best show out of the bunch of time travelling shows. Even better than QIHM. And I loooove this show.

      • 18.1.2 sayuri

        I am convinced ladies! Nine here I come.
        I have to say that I am not watching as many dramas as I did in the beginning. I actually got back recently to dramaland after months of no kdrama :/

        I am watching Mirae s Choice too, LOL.

        • 18.1.2.1 Gian

          Ladies? not. lol

  19. 19 Ennayra

    I was hooked on Nine while it was running – I’d definitely check out the American version.

  20. 20 Sajen

    ugh it’s not enough for Hollywood to ruin awesome foreign movies but now we’re trying to ruin awesome foreign tv.

  21. 21 roy@ dance school in midlothian

    Yeah..!! I am loving it and waiting for this remake. May be it will be a most entertaining remake of this year.

  22. 22 Abbie

    I appreciate that you mentioned that this should be a spoiler-free thread, Javabeans, because I didn’t watch Nine. Maybe I will at some point, if the remake gets picked up in America. And if it’s on ABC, I’ll probably watch it, since a lot of my favorite shows this fall are on ABC (Once Upon a Time, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) So I’ll be looking forward to this remake if it happens. And I love Gossip Girl and Chuck, so I have full confidence in the American producers.

    Did anybody know that Boys Over Flowers is getting an American remake this fall?

    • 22.1 Lilly

      No. Did not read about that anywhere.

      • 22.1.1 Abbie

        Yes, it’s true. Dramafever blog has news about it.

  23. 23 Lilly

    I read an article by Ben Stein about Hollywood writers. He did not say whether he thought the quality was better or worse but he did say that for a long while now almost all of the writers hired to work on shows come straight out of Harvard or Yale.
    I think they really, really suck coming from such a screwed perspective of elites, which might be good for a few things but not for most things that life covers.
    It also accounts how they can take any novel or remake and manage to turn it into more of the same old crap again that the Haavards and Yalies like endlessly.

    • 23.1 Quiet Thought

      Oh, man, it was bad enough that the Harvard tribe ruined our banking system, now they’ve got to ruin Hollywood, as well?

      Still, this sounds very dubious to me. Ben Stein has his own prejudices, and my overwhelming impression has been that screenwriters in the American film industry are like American pop singers and groups: they wander into the industry from all over, most working the low-rent independent circuit before they make a connection with someone who can give them a break into the big time. There certainly isn’t anything about going to Harvard or Yale that would make you a good writer of sit-com dialogue, and the majority of the writing I’ve seen in mediocre TV series and B movies is so low-brow it suggests that the writers educated themselves by watching other mediocre TV series and B movies.

      • 23.1.1 Quiet Thought

        . . . Of course, the question arises: what is the “same old crap” that Harvards and Yalies like endlessly? Those dopey scripts for John Carter of Mars, Battleship, Two Broke Girls, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, and Psych?

        • 23.1.1.1 Kiara

          Stanton’s magic was with Pixar. John Carter was an epic fail.

      • 23.1.2 Lilly

        Actually you nailed why they super suck. The writers of Harvard’s National Lampoon are the ones they hire to work on the US shows.
        Childish, immature, gross out, sexist, arrogant, irresponsible, destructive, Peter Pan never grow up past fifteen humor describes them well.

  24. 24 Chandler

    Awesome! I just started watching Nine and I honestly got hooked right away! Sure, the first few eps could have been a bit faster, but at the end of the 4th episode I HAD to keep watching. Plus I just love all the characters! Especially the lead’s best friend, he is just hilarious!

  25. 25 anna

    This sort of show will do pretty well on ABC, if it’s written well anyway. I would love for someone to do a Answer Me 1997/1994 remake too. Oh the nostalgia will be delicious. Nsync vs BSB!

  26. 26 BlueStars

    Yes! A review post. It sucks that there’s only a recap for the first episode on Nine. There’s so much I want to say, but so much I have to leave out.

  27. 27 Mrmz

    I watched bones for 7 years, it made sense to me i think this up to season 5 or a bit of 6 but the rest i was forcing myself to watch it until i quit. I watched an episode of the latest season & thought my decision of quitting it was the right 1.
    The same happened with Supernatural, still debating if i should go back to watching it!!

    That is to say NINE can do well as an american show but 1 of the factors that can make it work is to limit the number of seasons intended. I’d say ideally 1 season, 2 is also possible.. Max 3 and even then it might be too long.

    • 27.1 Abbie

      On the next episode of Supernatural, they’re dealing with OZ. Yes, as in The Wizard of OZ. I don’t watch it, never got into it. Sounded boring, and looks stupid, especially these later seasons. I only know this because I saw a preview while I was watching The Originals online earlier today.

  28. 28 tha

    Noted. Watch Nine NOW before it gets on American TV:). Thank you.

  29. 29 shelhass

    I hope it turns out well, since I LOVED this drama. Seriously. It was so bad of a case I already watched it 3 times since the original run.

    And yeah I got a little sad when DB dropped the show, but now I’m happy to know you got to like it in the end! \o/

  30. 30 exquisitemelody

    ooo interesting!! I think this could work, and it definitely fits ABC with all of its Once Upon a Time stuff, and Lost was also time travely-weird-ish. I absolutely LLLOVVVEEDDDD the drama. It’s one of the few dramas that I felt never slowed down. I wonder how the story would work as an American TV show since they don’t necessarily have set endings. But I’ll definitely keep an eye out!

  31. 31 sweetspring

    I loved Nine for its orginality & smokin hot lead Mr. Lee Jin Wook & the gorgeous exotic landscapes of Nepal. Hoping for another K-drama of Nine’s caliber & to see Jin Wook in his smokin hot form on my small screen asap!

  32. 32 DDee

    Wow, my first thought was it’s Quantum Leap! But probably a heck of a lot more serious, but hopefully, just as much fun 🙂

  33. 33 hAil3Y

    YESSS!!! I loveee Nine, it makes perfect sense to me in a weird way 😀

  34. 34 DayDreamer

    Yes, please. A review post will be appreciated. I liked this drama a lot and it would be nice to revisit it.

    An American remake sounds interesting but not something I would want to watch. I’m fine just keeping the original in memory, heh.

  35. 35 the68monkey

    I don’t know. I always groan at the mention of yet another beloved Korean film or show being regurgitated by Hollywood, especially when it’s going to be for a tv series. In America, if a show has viewers, networks will drag it out ’til the ugly end — dead horse beaten, shark jumped, etc. One of the reasons I stopped watching American shows (with the exception of cable network shows) and started watching British television and Korean television is that at least every story has an arc and an end. Worst case scenario in Korean tv seems to be that if a show is really successful, it’ll get a two-episode extension. In America, if a show is really successful, it’s usually a bad sign in terms of resolution of any major conflicts.

    Case in point is a recent show called SIBERIA. Good premise, intriguing twists and complications, and then a complete let-down of what was either a season finale or final episode, depending on whether or not it was renewed.

    Please don’t remake NINE in America. Besides, America could never cast anybody as perfect for the part as Lee Jin-wook! And Kim Yun-jin is involved in making this happen? Hey, I’d rather watch her in SHIRI 20 times than suffer through watching her one more time in the meandering Road to Nowhere that LOST turned out to be.

  36. 36 antonia

    love nine, one of faves of the year!!!

  37. 37 Duh-duh

    I don’t understand remake.

    What is the point ?

    U.S audience can’t enjoy a good plot without seeing white people ?

Add a Comment

Stay civil, don't spoil, and don't feed the trolls! Read the commenting policy here.


 characters available. Comments will be truncated at the word limit.