Coffee Prince PD returns with short drama adaptation of 4teen
Ooh, it’s been a while since PD Lee Yoon-jung has come back with a new project. She did work on 2012’s Golden Time (she’s staffed at MBC), but it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the likes of her solo projects Triple and Coffee Prince that bear her trademark thoughtful, breezy style. She’s preparing a new drama project for MBC, though sadly it’s only planned as a 4-episode miniseries: an adaptation of the Japanese novel 4teen.
4teen is a novel by Ishida Ira that won the Naoki literary prize in 2003 (and it also had a Japanese drama adaptation that followed in 2004). It’s a coming-of-age story about four fourteen-year-old boys and the struggles they face as urban adolescents, facing poor economic backgrounds, violence, and their own transformations as teens. The work is described as an often funny, thoughtful and relatable story about these young boys’ rebellion, growing pains, and dreams.
The adaptation will naturally transplant the boys to Seoul, and will star four fourteen-year-old boys each with his own personality and unique problems. The first name cast is young actor Chun Bo-geun who’s only twelve but already has twelve credits on his filmography. I suddenly feel very underacheivy. He was most recently in Queen’s Classroom and though he skews pretty young for the part, he’s a great young actor.
There are mixed reports about when this is due to broadcast, with some stories saying that it might air in the Wednesday-Thursday slot following Medical Top Team, before Miss Korea is due to replace it. Others say Miss Korea will follow directly after as normal, and that 4teen’s air date is undecided. It’s up in the air for now, but in any case 4teen is planning to cast and start shooting soon for a possible December premiere.
Via Star News