Lee Soon-jae courted for drama version of Grandpas Over Flowers
Ha, you can never fault tvN for not knowing a good thing when it has one. The cable network is home to hit variety travel program Grandpas Over Flowers (starring halbae foursome Lee Soon-jae, Shin Gu, Park Geun-hyung, Baek Il-sub, and luggage boy Lee Seo-jin), and now they’re reportedly developing a drama for the spring based loosely on the halbae foursome concept. It’s being called both Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit and Oppa Investigation Unit (I can’t tell which is funnier. They’re both cracking me up equally.) about a group of grumpy grandpa deliverymen who solve crimes on the side. HEE.
It’ll be helmed by the PD of movies Meet the In-Laws and Tone-Deaf Clinic (though he also has Full House: Take 2 on his resume, eek) and one of the writers of the old sitcom Three Men, Three Women, and so far Lee Soon-jae is the first actor being courted. It’d be great if they could get all four original flower halbaes to be in it together, though I’m sure there are endless choices for veteran actors with comedic chops. The comedy procedural centers around four grandpas in their 60s and 70s who work together as couriers. They’ve all come to this job late in life and the characters’ various pasts are part of the mystery.
Lee Soon-jae would play the head of the delivery company, the lead halbae who was a traffic cop as a younger man. Ha, so that explains his penchant for crime-solving, though of course it’s extra hilarious that he was a traffic cop who always wished he could do detective work. I love the idea of four grandpas running around solving crimes ineptly, only to accidentally do a good job. The potential hijinks are endless.
Oppa Investigation Unit is hoping for a May broadcast following crime thriller Gap-dong, though it’s still early for solid confirmations on timeslot. Meanwhile Lee Soon-jae is shooting current sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 and prepping for his third trip with Grandpas Over Flowers which takes off later this month.
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