SBS eyes manhwa adaptation Goodbye Mr. Black
Will we ever run out of manhwas and webtoons to turn into drama adaptations? I’m guessing no, what with the constant stream of adaptation projects in the news, and the trend doesn’t show signs of abating just yet. Adding another entry into the category is SBS, which is looking at a new (old) manhwa to adapt, Goodbye Mr. Black, which was popular in the 1980s and would potentially air later this year.
Goodbye Mr. Black is based on the classic story of the Count of Monte Cristo, centered around a young man who is betrayed by his best friend and his lover, accused of a crime he didn’t commit, who then returns with a new identity to exact his revenge. The series was written by Hwang Mi-na beginning in 1983, but is not set in Korea and doesn’t appear to be populated by Korean characters; the lead character’s name is Edward, and after he is accused of being a traitor, he is shipped off to Australia as a criminal. He makes a desperate exit and returns to England to claim vengeance on his backstabbers, accompanied by a couple of friends he’d met during his time in Australia.
I’m curious to know how the story will be adapted—how much of the original will remain intact? Will things be transferred/translated to take place in Korea? If you keep the whole original story it sounds like basically a replica of the Count of Monte Cristo… but if you adapt everything to be more of a K-drama, will it lose what people loved about the original? The production does intend to do extensive location shoots overseas, but it’s not clear exactly where those will take place.
Directing will be PD Lee Chang-min of Bride of the Sun and Birth of a Beauty, while the writer will be Moon Hee-jung of Can You Hear My Heart and I Miss You. The show will take miniseries format and is looking at the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot following Yong-pal; SBS has stated that nothing is decided yet, but if those plans solidify, Goodbye Mr. Black would premiere in the fall.
Via TV Report