The Face Reader was one of the year’s biggest film blockbusters, drawing in just under 9 million ticket admissions, and now producers have announced a television adaptation in the works for next year. Y…ay?
Don’t get me wrong, by all accounts the movie is entertaining and worth the price of admission, and the cast is winning: Song Kang-ho, Lee Jung-jae, Jo Jung-seok, Kim Hye-soo, Lee Jong-seok, Baek Yoon-shik. It’s just that every time we get a hit movie made into a drama, I get all excited, and then… well, then I watch the drama. (See: Jeon Woo-chi, Level 7 Civil Servant.) (Though I did like Gourmet.) (But not Tazza.)
Still, maybe The Face Reader will have a luckier fate in dramaland; a producer with its company Jupiter Films confirmed that they had been talking about making a drama series from an early stage, as far as two years ago when they were working on the screenplay. They’ll be co-producing with a production company that specializes in television production (as they are a film company), and are even looking at taking the concept to multiple formats, including novels and more, which they call “one source multi use.” (Um… the last time a project spread itself out over several formats with such hype was IRIS, which thankfully was a hit in one format, though none of its others made much of a dent.)
In the film version of The Face Reader, the plot centers around a Joseon-era man with the ability to read fortunes in people’s faces (played by Song Kang-ho in the film). Lee Jung-jae played the conniving Prince Suyang who wants to know if the throne is in his future (it eventually was, though he helped his fortune along with a whole lotta murder). The drama will actually take as its hero one of the movie’s lesser characters, which is an interesting and possibly smart approach—it’s definitely one way of taking the setup of the world but creating its own story. That character’s name is Han Myung-hoe, played by Kim Eui-sung in the movie, who had a rivalry with main face reader Song Kang-ho.
The TV series will be 24 episodes and is in talks to get a major broadcaster to air it, with hopes to hit TV screens in the latter half of 2014.
Via TV Report
- Character posters for The Face Reader
- The Face Reader’s hilarious meta teasers
- Lee Jung-jae and Kim Hye-soo, costars again?