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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
 

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Interesting. I'd love it if they make an adaptation for Noblesse ^^

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OH.MY.GOD. Now that I want to see!

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And Winter Woods !

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I want this. This is seems interesting and perfect story. I believe this is kinda heavy drama/ melodrama with full of intensity. The story like this seems also new in korean drama. The thing when webtoon is adapted is the writer needs to follow the original line (*cough Orange Marmalade) and not too many episodes (since it will create silly, dragging and stupid story line (*cough Smelly Girl).

I hope the writer and the PD could be trusted to make this adaptation.

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i watched some of this writer and pd's projects and.. kinda disappointed.. even a good soccer player wont make a goal if the coach isnt good.. so.. i hope this PD and writer nim will make a great team. so many bad adaptations right now.. only one or two were great.

ps : bring uri woobin back to small screen juseyoooooo!!! or Yoo Seung Ho.. emm.. lead female Park Bo Young juseyooo, she did great in ghostess!

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This gives "the innocent man" vibes

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Exactly what I was thinking.

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this sound like many revenge drama temptation of an angel, shark n many more

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Haha! Even the protagonist name sounds similar to Count of Monte Cristo. Maybe they can adapt this like they did to Three Musketeers. Set it in Korea. Then cast Kim Nam Gil. Because reveeeeeeeenge drama.

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Does the main character dies? If yes, I don't want to see KNG die once more onscreen!

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Interesting totally my vibe ... would be great if they cast Lee sang yoon but then he's probably busy with his own drama . So off to jung kyung ho , to reinstall his heartless city's paksa adul ... ohhh it'd be greaaat . And for the track he's just finished filming his movie

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Are there no writers in Korea that capable of doing anything original, besides the ones that wrote Grapevine?

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You could pretty much ask the same question about every country with a film/TV industry.

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Good point. Just look at all the superhero movies in the past few years.

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I'm never bothered though. The more ideas the better. The less ideas and people will always say "Can't you be more innovative?" Japanese adapts manga to films or dramas too. I just think the trend continues jn Korea. The only problem is if the adaptation is bad. Bad bad bad (Smelly girl, TTILY, I'm looking at you).

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could be interesting.
i'm really surprised they haven't decided to adapt and remake "the rose," though the TW drama version was pretty awesome so maybe its for the best. still, it has death, birth secrets, evil moms and possible quasi-incest....what more could you ask for?

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This drama sounds serious and intense. Please let someone who's strong in dark drama with bad boy vibe to take this. And I prefer senior actor. I recommend Kim Nam Gil, Jo In Sung or Eric Mun. For the actress seems need to have bitchy vibe. I recommend Park Shi Yeon, Lee Dae Have or Kim Ok Bin.

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Eric Mun and Park Shi Yeon? Are you kidding? It will become real revenge XD.

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lol ikr? that would be an awkward pairing.

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Auuuw can you tell me why ? Why oh why ?

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They used to date! when Eric was a big star and PSY was still starting out. She took yearssss before she finally shed the title of 'Eric's (ex-) girlfriend'.

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I can imagine how hot they dated before lol. Both are good kisser. I guess they practiced each other a lot during dating :)

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Long time I didn't see Park Shi Yeon in the big three drama. She should back. Love the idea Eric and Park Shi Yeon. They could be hot couple ever.

I also wanna see Jo In Sung back to an action like drama after The Dirty Carnival. If only Ha Ji Won didn't take that frustated rom-com, I would be happy she take this reunite with Jo In Sung in another tragedy drama lol.

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No. Just no for the sake of both of them. If Eric is in, let Park Shi Yeon out or vise versa. It's not good for both of them. Park Shi Yeon is married woman. If they're getting in a drama, I'm sure people more interested in their 'real drama' than drama itself. I think enough for her getting tons of hate when he was dating years ago. And I don't want to see Eric's getting hate either. He seems nice guy in real life.

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lol. Eric Park Shi Yeon couldn't be happen. They were lovers. It will be awkward.

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wasn't Green Rose sorta like monte cristo?

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That's what i was thinking.

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This is very interesting. I hope Jo In Sung, Ji Chang Wook or Kim Woo Bin is male lead.
I miss them so much.
And Female lead can cast Han Ji Min, Han Hyo Joo(so difficult) or Park Shin Hye.

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why is han hyo joo difficult to cast?

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Her lastest drama is Dongyi in 2015. i haven't seen her in another drama for 5 years and she only act in movie.

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sorry Dongyi in 2010.

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It's more because of her not so good image in Korea. Even her movies are affected. His brother is accused for killing his junior in army (some kind of a bully or something) but he or his family never apologizes and getting away with it since his father is powerful. Correct me if I'm wrong. That's why I don't think she'll dare to return to small screen again.

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Perhaps not Han Ji Min. I can't still forget her terrible acting in "Hyde". I much rather have Han Hyo Joo (although, it's rare for her to do a drama).

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If it's Kim Nam Gil then there's a 80% chance that he will die at the last episode

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lol, true

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Bwahahahahah LOLOLOL

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For real!

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Lmao so true

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Ooooooh.. :) *goes off to rewatch the Count of Monte Cristo*

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Love the story already. i'm sick of romcom and the trying hard cute and childish scenes.

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Kim Nam Gil or Jo In Sung will be perfect!
But knowing this writer and how IMY fared, I think it would be super melo.. well, as long as the leads don't die..

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Depends on if it's the book or the movie it's based off of. In the book, she really did betray him.

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I just realized that Count of Monte Cristo is literally every daily kdrama ever (except the gender roles are reversed).

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Totally true, I just realised too!

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Thank you! Most of the K drama revenge stories have a very Count of Monte Cristo approach

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"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. "

Yup that sounds like a kdrama.

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Can You My Heart is so underrated.

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This sounds so unappealing and basically every other revenge melodrama out there. Unless they pick some really awesome actors to star, I'm gonna pass on this one.

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I agree. Reminds me of "Innocent Man" and even that drama bored me. Only good thing that came out of that drama were the leads and Park Shi Yeon.

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Wish they would do a remake of La Duena or the recent remake of that La Patrona which is a female version of the Count of Monte Cristo. It's a fantastic revenge story with good twists and turns.

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Didn't they confirm Moon Young-nam's "Blooming in Tears" for that timeslot already? (Same writer as: A Rosy Life, The King's Family, First Wives' Club, Three Brothers.)

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Blooming in tear is melodrama and it has 36 episode,i think it is too long that sbs often put mini drama series 16 to 24 episode so They will put Goodbye mr.black follow Yongpal. And kbs will put Blooming in tear in september Mon-tue.I love this because i don't like long drama.

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I want the adaptation, but not the writer if he's the guy who worked on I Miss You...please no.

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This manhwa story nothing new but they could make it very nice plot because there many elements that potential to be so dark and intense. The betrayal, criminality, love story and revenge. Even I won't surprise if this drama doesn't has happy ending.

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A kdrama based on a manhwa based on the Count of Monte Cristo - I am interested. I imagine an adaptation something like the Three Musketeers (only please, don't say there will be a second season, and then drop it mid jump - I may never get over that).

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Hope they will cast Chun Jung Myung for this.

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You had me at Moon Hee-jung, she's one of my favourite writers. Can You Hear My Heart and I Miss You are two of my favourite dramas. I so have to watch this now. Hope they get good actors to play the roles.

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It would be nice if they can make a live adaptation for Vampire Knight - although it's a Japanese manga, I'd love to see it in Korean

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As someone who spent so many hours in the olden days fantasising about Mr. Black, with his unbelievably long legs and all that angst, I pray to the powers that be that they cast So Jisub.

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How abt sung yuri and Jo in sung???????

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If they ever made this adaptation, I hope one of this actor could be casted:
1. Eric Mun (He's the first came to my mind since it will be the story about revenge and criminality. The guy has natural gangster vibe XD).
2. Jo In Sung (no one can't deny he could act in any roles perfectly).
3. Kang Ji Hwan (He's good in action/thriller dramas).
4. Daniel Choi (He's great actor but very underrated).
5. Kim Woo Bin (the only 20s actor that has bad boy vibe).

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(Out of topic) though the series is not yet finished, would love for the 3 bigs of KChannel to make/remake "NANA" (please dramagod/s) ... Would yoon eun hye and moon geun young to play the part of "nana the lovesick" and "nana the rocker" respectively (crossfingers)

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I read the full unabridged Count of Monte Cristo a couple years ago and loved it. It would be awesome to see a kdrama version but set in Korean history rather then be a close clone of the original.

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It would be so cool if moon geun young had a drama this year next to ji chang wook or hyun bin in goodbye mr. Black or saver.

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Moon Chae Won will be the lead.

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