Resurrection, Full House join the ranks of U.S. remake hopefuls
KBS is making a big push for a revival of some their drama classics to be remade for Hollywood. The network has struck a co-production deal with producer Michael Uslan of the Batman film franchise (beginning with Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman to the current installments), to produce U.S. remakes for five of KBS’s drama titles, including Resurrection (2005) and Full House (2004).
Plans are in the works for KBS and Uslan’s production company U2K to take the titles to the American Film Market this November, in the hopes of striking a deal (or five). The full list of shows hasn’t been released, but Resurrection is the big headliner among them. The 2005 drama from PD Park Chan-hong and writer Kim Ji-woo starred Uhm Tae-woong in a dual role as twin brothers in a twisty revenge tale. It spawned a revenge series from the PD-writer team, who went on to do Devil and Shark.
Resurrection is a revenge classic that could really be adapted for any setting and era, so I could easily see it becoming an American series. It kind of reminds me of Ringer back in 2011, where Sarah Michelle Gellar played twins in a swapped-lives thriller. I remember at the time, javabeans and I going, That is so K-drama!
On the other hand, marquee Hallyu drama Full House, from PD Pyo Min-soo and writer Min Hyo-jung and starring Rain and Song Hye-gyo, has been remade numerous times already in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and coming in 2015 — China and Turkey. And then there was Full House Take 2. Let us not speak of that again. On paper, a Full House remake seems so easy — everyone’s doing one, and all you need is an actor, an actress, and a house right? If only it were that easy.
I’m sure we’ll be hearing about it if any of KBS’s titles get picked up. I could really go for a dark gritty remake of Resurrection — it’d give me something to watch on American TV, anyway.
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