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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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OMG, this sounds so awesome! Actually, now that I think about it, somebody needs to make the Korean version of Red!!!

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Totally agree with you. Just imagining it is cracking me up. Better if they add Yoon Yeo-Jung in the cast. Hee! Bring on the hijfun!

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I'm thrilled at the idea that the Halbaes can get something meaty to act in besides the typical roles assigned to grandpas. Yes, older people are more than cheobal CEO's and disapproving grandfathers thwarting young love.

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They should put LeeSeungGi as SoonJae's grandson, a college boy, who's also the errand-boy, when it comes to chase the criminals. Because these "oppas" no longer can run fast to catch criminals.
And even in the middle of his class, he gets phone call from his grandpa to catch criminal, and getting lost, but still ends up catch the criminals.

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This sounds epic! Hope it really turns out well and superbly funny. Can we have lots of cameos too please?

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Oppa is better. I imagine there will be grandmas and lovelines too. (Can we get some people from Noonas Over Flowers too?)

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It would be so good if they were like the female leads haha

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Ahhhh it's gonna be so cute!

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Oh. My. God.
So awesome!

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That'd be just a great show. Unfortunately I can't watch the variety, but a drama is definitely welcome.

Super Oppa investigation Unit aka SOIU. Yesss the hijinks are indeed endless for this one. :d

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Btw, what happened to the like-button?

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Cracking up reading this! There is so much win here I don't know where to start. Awesome idea, not to mention adorable! If Lee Soon-jae halbae joins, I will definitely watch!

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Ha ha ha, so instead of one Miss Marple we have 4?? :--)
Could be fun. Especially with some comedy.
BTW, any plans to write some review on the Potato Star?

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awesome! Fingers crossed, please let all four halbaes take this!

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Hope "luggage boy" gets invited to the party!

he could be their mechanic.

;) hehe

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now this
i would watch!

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Oppa? that's pushing it - unless they have girlfriends who call them that. cause little old ladies calling little old men, Oppa, would be adorable.

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Haha. Ja-ok's "oppa~" (coupled with the teenage shyness/giddiness) was so cute when she greeted Baek Il-sub.

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can another halbaes join too??

about GOF season 3, will seojinie become the luggage boy again? his weekend drama will air next month, right?

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oooh, this sounds so good!

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I can see parades of cameo ahead..... :D

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hahaha EPIC!!!
I am so IN!!!
aahhhh I wan Seo JInnie in this one too!!!

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Hahah. oh, the endless comedic possibilities...
If this happens i would so watch.
Lee Soon Jae is my favorite k-drama grandpa and having him as leader would just be perfect.

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I hope this happens!

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oh my god, this is GENIUS. it already sounds like it could be so much fun. they must get the original halbaes! that's totally the point!

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I am sold! Love the concept. Hee.

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Totally on board! This needs to happen.

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I see this working really well if they do it episodically - like that Dating Agency drama - with cameos by hot - male and female- stars who are either criminals or victims.

Kinduv a Grumpy Old Men Columbo Murder They Wrote thingamabob

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"Oppa Investigation Unit"

LMAO, I died :D
But yeaaap', it's such a great idea ! TVN is really amazing when it comes to creativity. They have a lot of genres and tend not to fall in KDrama clichés which is a really good thing !

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I want this drama asap. : D

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I am so in! Brilliant idea by whomever came up with the concept. This would be a ratings darling.

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Ok, I know how they can incorporate a luggage boy now.

Seo Jin is the halbae's grandson who can't get married because he's too busy being a cop.

His grandpa rounds up the Grandpa Gang to help investigate crimes so Seo Jin can have time to go on blind dates. But then the grandpas always end up in trouble and Seo Jin has to leave the dates anyway to go save his Grandpas.

Because, Grandpas Over Flowers. :)

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OMG! the concept is awesome! it sounds really good and I really hope to see this happen! Bring all four halbae back^^

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There's a third trip? HUZZA!!

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I immediately thought of the upcoming "Sanbiki no Ossan" when I saw this (three old men in their sixties teaming up with their children & grandchildren to fight for justice against baddies!). Still, cute concept!

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TVN, bring it on! I'm sold already! :)

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Hope all 4 halbaes join the project, then seo jin could be a grandson working as a cop that assists them with their cases... that would be fun to watch! :) with cameos from the noona cast.... hahaha...

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this is one of the best things i've heard in a while...totally on board. sounds like so much fun and giggles ^^

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fantastic ! I'd really love to see this drama, concept is interesting and hey, who doesn't want to see the 4 of them together again in a drama solely for them ?

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SUPER. AWESOME.

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Sounds like a fun adventure. Sort of reminds me of "Twilight Gangsters" of the grandmas who decided to become thieves and rob a bank to get a vacation to Hawaii. That was a delightful story with a bittersweet ending.

More info: http://asianwiki.com/Twilight_Gangsters

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Speaking of Grandpas Over Flowers, I just watched the PBS Frontline special on North Korea that aired this past Tuesday, January 14. In one shot of the secret footage smuggled out of North Korea, the backs of two women were seen watching videos smuggled from the South on thumb drives. What were they watching? Yep. Grandpas Over Flowers. Wow.
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365155890/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=pbsofficial&utm_campaign=frontline

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Given what's been going on in Queens, NY, they could do one of them fighting McDonalds.

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