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Forest of Secrets writer to pen medical drama next for JTBC

Yay, great news! Lee Soo-yeon, the scriptwriter for recently ended Forest of Secrets, is already preparing for her next drama, which is due out sometime next year. She’ll be making a genre and station jump for the new project, which will be a medical show for JTBC. I’m not a huge fan of medicals, but if it’s this writer, I’ll definitely be checking it out.

It’s hard to believe that legal thriller Forest of Secrets was Lee Soo-yeon’s debut drama, since it’s so well-written and plotted out. I’m still catching up on it (and trying really, really hard not to see any spoilers), but it’s definitely one of those shows that has that trifecta of great acting, writing, and directing, so it’s exciting to hear that she’s already at work on her next project.

There’s not much information available since production is in its very early stages: Writer Lee’s completed the synopsis, but hasn’t started on the actual scripts yet. It’s easy to see why the interest level is high this early on though, since her debut was so strong. Once script work is done, they’re planning on quickly lining up their cast and starting filming. What are the chances they’ll get some of the Forest of Secrets cast members to return for a writer-actor reunion? *prays fervently to the drama gods*

We’ve still got a ways to go until this medical show will be ready for the airwaves next year on JTBC, but I’m looking forward to following its progress and seeing who they cast. Now, more importantly, I’m going to settle in with popcorn for Episode 5 of Forest of Secrets for more intrigue with my favorite emotionless prosecutor and badass female detective!

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OMG! I'm so waiting for this!

BTW, does anybody knows when the FoS OST will be released? I need it!

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I read on youtube, there is a comment said OST will be released on August 20.

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Thx!

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This is unrelated but YAY it'll be released on my birthday!!!!!! ♥

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YESSSSS! (But it's a medical drama, noooooo...)

Regardless, will watch whatever she writes. ❤︎

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Excellent. Now back to sitting under the letterbox waiting for postie to give me my DVD of Bluebeard.

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OMG! You are so brave. This movie scares me.

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I can't even watch it. Good luck to you.

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She is not the director of Bluebeard. On Soompi, in one of the later pages, FoS writer's pic has been put up, as the reclusive writer , and she is different than the one pictured in Bluebeard director / screen writer's asianwiki page.
Some have mentioned this before as well , both are different women.

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Thanks for the info. I just went back and checked and the wiki has changed the writers filmography to show only Forest of Secrets.

P.S. Are you the same "A" from the FoS comments. I was looking out for your comments on the last episodes as I liked your insights.

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Have they. Thanks.

Yes I am the same A. I haven't watched the last two episodes of FoS. The drama was taking a lot lot of my time and I pretty much became dependent on it, watching , reading about it. Didnt like how I felt, so I stopped.
I did read soompi remarks and stuff so sort of know what happened (that took time as well, damn me) but have not watched a single clip (yay to me, seriously) of 15 16.

I don't think Ill watch a drama again or may be just be a casual viewer. :) But not in this year for sure.

Thank you for saying this Tom, sorry I haven't seen the eps nor read the recaps. Hope you and others had a great discussion :).

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I'm still shocked/surprised that "Forest of Secrets" was her debut. This was a really well-done, thought-out drama from the beginning to the end. Nothing ever lags. Every second and character counts. Excellent debut and I'm now looking forward to more of her works. I'm just still sad that "FoS" is over. :( I literally feel empty inside now.

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Yay! Another medical drama--and I'm not being sarcastic! *Hoping for a new era of more medically accurate dramas since RTDK*

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Not a huge fan of medical dramas but maybe this will be the first.

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Yayyyyy new drama!!! Noooooo its a medical drama :(

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Exactly my thought LOL Feel so conflicted now.

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An unemotional doctor who underwent a partial lobotomy as a child and his policewoman partner seeks to expose the corruption and uncover the shocking truth on why South Koreans all look the same after having cosmetic surgery.

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LMAO!!!!

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You win the internet today!

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Lol if this were a drama, I'm so going to watch it!!!

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Would it be called Forest of Surgeries by any chance?

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Such a great plot!

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They need to bring back Beans of Wisdom for this.

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What are the chances they’ll get some of the Forest of Secrets cast members to return for a writer-actor reunion? *prays fervently to the drama gods*

*PRAYER CIRCLE OR CIRCLE PRAYING or something that makes sense in english*

Count me in, I'll be glued to the news regarding this drama.

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I'm so excited for this. I've been having serious withdrawal from Forest of Secrets. I hope some of the cast is also part of this. 💃🏻💃🏻

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Looking forward to this. I really really hope FoS gets a second season! I want our team together again <3

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Exciting news! I would love to watch her next drama, but I just need to know the final cast before I commit.

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Is it to soon for a complete rewatch of FoS??
Because I'm seriously contemplating it

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haha seriously, it's still fresh and warm from the oven yet you want to rewatch it?

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I've had my fill of medical dramas throughout the years, but this writer is making me reconsider my decision. FoS was so, so good!! I hope she doesn't shy away from sensitive/controversial issues like she did previously.

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OMG! Best news Today, This Week, This Month!

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whens season 2 of forest of secrets coming out?

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Yassss! Her writing was superb in FoS. I really hope they can secure an amazing cast and director. Thankfully I have no problems with medical dramas 😉Looking forward to what she can bring us next.

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Perfect! Now I just need news of a good cast and director. What are the chances of having a perfect set of actors and a highly competent director again like in FoS? I hope the stars will align once more.

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I want JTBC's PD who did Awl and This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair to direct this.

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I want Cruel City PD!

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PLEASE. CAST. SHIN HYE-SUN. PLEASE. Bring back Lee Kyu-hyung, too!

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Exactly. I just want to write the same exact thing. Both Lee Kyu-hyung and Shin Hye-sun stole my attention in FOS. I have my aversion for medical drama, but this writer may finally make me enjoy it.

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I'm chanting with you

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Bring back Yoo Jaemyung too

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Given her previous selection of movie actors (M+F) who were in recent strong films. I would think Ha Jung-Woo/Lee Byung-hun types for the male lead and Kim Min-Hee/Han Hyo-joo/Kim Ha-neul as female lead (Dream selection would be Jun Ji-hyun).

The most interesting casting will be the younger leads.

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Ha Jung-woo is up to his eyeballs with film offers. It'll be a miracle if he ever do another drama.

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If her name is linked to it I am in...she is proof that a good writer will make you cross all genres...now, I am going to do a Happy Dance!

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I know they won't bring ChoSeungWoo back but yes, at least bring ShinHyeSun.
They could cast Park Hae Il, Kang Dong Won, Jang Hyukie or Ji Jin Hee if Cho Seung Woo unavailable. Just saying..

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OHHHHHH! Park Hae Il. Thats a good choice.

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Praying for over 10yrs for someone to convince Park Hae Il to do a drama.
I guess it's not going to happen and I'm ok with it because he is better off in Chungmuro where he gets better scripts and leading ladies that are at his acting level.

Jo Seung-woo has been doing dramas for a few years now so he is used to it.

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Thumbs up for park hae il, but how about some Won Bin action. :) Maybe the script will be good enough to get him back to the small screen....

hey a person can dream... :P

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So glad to hear this. I think there are some writers that are really overrated, so it's nice to see newcomers with fresh ideas getting opportunities. Besides the writing, I loved how the main cast was full of experienced, well established actors. So, I have a lot of hope and faith in this writers next project.

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All actors were perfectly cast for their roles in FOS that it would break my heart a little to see them playing different characters.

So, my dream leads for her new drama are:
Ha Jung-woo
Hwang Jung-min
Park Hae-Il
Lee Young-ae
Kim Hye-soo
Son Ye-jin

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The shady characters should be:
Hwang Jung-min
Lee Young-ae

They should also include actors like:
Jung Woong In
Kim Eui-Sung
Choi Min Sik

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Yes we can dream the impossible especially with the first 3 actors. They are the most wanted in Chungmuro. I just don't see them doing a drama in the near future.

I think Son Ye-jin is much more flexible like Han Suk-kyu and they rock both worlds.
Sassy Hye-soo will only do cable dramas (imo) and I don't blame her.

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I've always been all-in for medical dramas.. except when the cast does really disturb me. Haven't watched anything airing on JTBC per se, but because of this writer very likely to give her/his next show a chance.

Pls be good pls be good!

PS *chanting for a perfect director and cast and crew team*

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😍😍😍 aaah!!! yay! so excited that we can look forward to another high quality show! perhaps this will be the show that steers clear of all the inaccurate portrayals in medical dramas that make me steer clear of them... 😆

and I'd like to see a Prosecutor Huang and Lieutenant Han cameo! 😃

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Have fun watching @tipsymocha!

Thank goodness it's next year because I can't watch anymore dramas this year.

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The possibility of seeing more film actors in this drama is pretty high. Maybe Kim Myung-min, Ryu Seung-ryong and Kim Ui-Seong will return to television.

Sounds like Lee Soo-yeon is getting comfortable in dramaland with cable stations where she might be getting as much freedom to write and direct her own work like she did with her films.
So far she has written and directed 2 films, 1 short film, directed part of a documentary and 1 drama.
I wouldn't mind Ahn Gil-Ho at the helm again. He seems to be learning a lot from her.

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Forest of Secrets was so good, it's hard to believe it was her first drama. I have to say i'm anxiously waiting to watch her next drama.

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I'm really not into medical dramas. But having the FOS writer...very tempted.

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Please reunite Jo Seung Woo and Bae Doona and this time please give them a loveline!! *from a fervent fan of the two*

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Not a huge fan of medical drama but I love Beautiful Mind & Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim!

Excited to see who will be casted! Yes to all chungmuro actors mentioned. And maybe some really good drama actors as part of the main casts like Kim Rae Won (I'm dying to see him in a new drama) and Yeon Woo Jin. Unlike others, I don't really want to see same faces from Forest of Secrets, I want to see different faces for this drama. I think all good actors /actresses deserve to work with this writer.

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I'm so not a fan of medical drama but those talented ahjussi are hard to pass up.
White Tower (Kim Myung-min) and RDTK (Han Suk-kyu are my favorites. Beautiful Mind is on my list. Maybe I'll watch it next week since I have nothing to watch.

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Oh yes white tower!

I think for medical drama, it's all about who is/are the cast(s) (at least for me as I don't really know the procedural part) but if it gets too cringe like Doctors' Crush, I won't regret to pass up. Better next drama for Kim Rae Won, hopefully. I loved him in Punch but I guess I don't really love him as a romantic hero as he always did.

Hopefully you enjoy Beautiful Mind! Jang Hyuk was phenomenal in it.

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Honestly can't wait. If she gets a good director and a good cast it'll no doubt be a great one. I've never ever in my 7 years of kdrama watching given a drama 10/10 or called it perfect in every way but for me Forest of secrets was it. Girl's got skills and i hope she keeps it up!!

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Sadtimes... I'm way too squeamish for medical shows 😕 I want to attempt it but... I suspect I'll give up half way through the first couple of episodes if past experience is any indication.

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I wanna see Yang Se Jong ( the "sung hoon" type) as a lead for PD next drama. Excellent acting in Duel.

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I'm not typically a fan of medical dramas in any language, but after FoS I'll follow Lee Soo-yeon anywhere
Now all I need is for the drama gods to answer my prayers and give us a FoS season 2! (or at least get Bae Doo-na back on my screen)

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YAY! But I'm a little iffy on medical dramas. They're either hit or miss. I have no doubt that this will be a hit, though.

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Huzzah, she has me for life. The perfection of Forest of Secrets will make me love her FOREVER, even if this drama is less than perfect.

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Okay, then!

* A new medical drama
* Written by the same person who wrote FoS
* It will air on JTBC!

What more could I ask for?!

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Will this be the first medical drama on JTBC?
In all honestly I wasn't a fan of Secret Forest as much as everyone else. Since I'm more into medical thrillers I might like this project more.

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It isn't. JTBC had produced a medical drama called "Syndrome", starring Han Hye Jin and Song Chang Ui. It's their second Mon/Tue drama after Padam Padam :)

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