Yoo Ah-in offered tvN fantasy human rom-com Chicago Typewriter
I’m excited to have more information about the new drama titled Chicago Typewriter, which was previously announced with very little plot or background information, only that it would be he next drama from hit writer Jin Soo-wan of Kill Me, Heal Me and The Moon That Embraces the Sun (it name-dropped Park Shin-hye as a potential lead, but those claims were soon refuted).
Now the tvN series is actively courting Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons) to star, and if he accepts the offer, it would be Yoo’s first project for tvN, though not on cable; one of his biggest hits was JTBC’s intense melodrama Secret Love Affair in 2014. The drama is described as a fantasy human romantic-comedy series, and the description seems rather quirky: The character Yoo Ah-in is up to play is a bestselling writer whose super-popular hits and movie-star good looks have propelled him to stardom; not only is he seen as an idol of the literary world, he’s got so many fans that there’s even fanfic written about him.
The character made his debut by winning a literary contest at the age of 21, and his personality is described as sensitive, prickly, timid, and melancholy. The twist? The story also involves writers who lived hard lives in the 1930s during the Japanese Occupation, who are reincarnated in the present as a bestselling writer who’s now in a slump, a suspicious ghostwriter who hides behind that bestseller’s name writing on his behalf, and an “anti-fan more terrible than in Misery.”
I’m working to put all those pieces together in my mind, and I’m not quite sure what tone it’ll be aiming for—although I recall that Kill Me, Heal Me was also a wild mix of genres (comedy, melo, romance, thriller, mystery) that ended up working out in its favor. And writer Jin did also write 2007’s Occupation-related romance Capital Scandal, so she clearly has an interest in the time period.
Chicago Typewriter will be a Friday-Saturday drama that follows time-traveling romance Tomorrow With You (which premiered today). It will be a 16-episode series and premieres at the end of March.
Via IS Plus
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