Kim Nam-gil in talks to headline potential Homeland drama remake
We might be seeing an Israeli-to-Korean (by way of Hollywood) drama adaptation in the near future. Kim Nam-gil’s agency Star J Entertainment has acquired the rights to the acclaimed Israeli series Prisoners of War, the show which was the basis for Showtime’s Emmy-award-winning Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
Kim is in talks to star in the Korean drama adaptation, which would rework the story into more familiar North-South conflicts and focus on a soldier caught between the two nations as a suspected double agent. His reps were careful to say that they’ve only bought the rights, and the casting is hardly set in stone since they have yet to secure a production house, director, or writer.
The original Israeli series Hatufim was created in 2010 by Gideon Raff, and is currently planning for its third season. It tells the story of soldiers who were prisoners of war while on a secret mission in Lebanon, and their troubled reintegration to home life and home country. Their families have moved on believing they were dead, and their political allegiance is thrown into question.
The Showtime adaptation Homeland (currently gearing up for its fourth season) stars Claire Danes as a CIA operative who believes that Damian Lewis, once held captive by al-Qaeda, is a double agent and a security risk. The second season of Prisoners of War was awarded the Grand Prize at the 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards, so anticipation is high for the Korean remake.
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