You From Another Star gets a U.S. remake on ABC
Well, if you were going to pick one popular K-drama of the past year or two to remake, this would be the one: mega-hit fantasy-fusion romantic comedy series You From Another Star will be remade for American television by Sony Pictures Television, to air on ABC.
The remake will keep the drama’s central conceit of an alien hero with superpowers traveling to Earth and falling in love with an actress, with the leads renamed James and Lark. (I know, I know, we can hardly call a Hollywood hottie “Do Manager,” but I know I’ll miss hearing that familiar refrain.) It’ll be planned as a multi-season series per standard U.S. format, though it’ll still have to prove itself a success before being granted seasons beyond the first one. The project has received a season order for January 2015; it is planning to film the pilot later this year after script work is completed, and is currently in the casting stage.
Writing the remake will be Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who started out as part of the Whedonverse as writers on Angel and then Dollhouse (other credits include The Shield and Secret Circle). It’s been announced that both the original scriptwriter of You From Another Star, Park Ji-eun, and the CEO of the drama’s production company, Moon Bo-mi, will participate in the American remake as executive producers.
I’m not sure how much pull they’ll have in shaping the remake, but it’s a positive sign that the U.S. producers are mindful of preserving the original’s appeal. And for what it’s worth, girlfriday and I did chat briefly about this project with a Sony exec, who happens to be a huge drama fan. I’ll always be wary of things I love being remade in new forms, but it’s never a bad thing when the Hollywood remakers are fans too.
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