It’s been a while since the Korean drama remake of American crime procedural Criminal Minds was first announced, but casting is now underway with offers out to Lee Jun-ki (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) and Kim Ah-joong (Wanted) to headline. I think it’ll be nice to see Lee Jun-ki taking a break from historical dramas to do a contemporary one—2013’s Two Weeks was his last—especially since he does so well in action crime thrillers.
The original series began in 2005 and is currently in its twelfth season on CBS. It’s your average cop procedural, but this one focuses on a special task force in the FBI made up of profilers, who deal in criminal psychology and solve crimes by looking at the life and mind of the suspect rather than the crime. Lee Jun-ki and Kim Ah-joong are currently considering leading roles, though the exact characters they’ll play haven’t been specified, and it’s not clear whether they’ll have direct counterparts to the American show, or if the remake will just adapt the concept with new characters.
Production company Taewon Entertainment (IRIS, Athena) is behind the remake, and after acquiring the rights from ABC Studios and Disney Media Distribution, they held an open script contest for an adaptation of any episode from Seasons 1 through 7 of Criminal Minds. It was originally stated that they wanted to adapt the show into a multi-season format as well, but that might be a stretch, at least until it airs and proves itself a successful adaptation in the first place.
Kim Ah-joong just came off of crime thriller Wanted, where I hear she wasn’t all that convincing as a mom whose child was kidnapped; I can mostly take her or leave her in shows, but she might actually be better suited for a cop or special agent. Lee Jun-ki rarely disappoints (if anything it’s the projects that disappoint), so while police procedurals sound very boring on paper to me, if he signs on, all bets are off.
Criminal Minds will shoot this spring and be fully pre-produced, and is planning to air in the fall on KBS.
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