SBS pulls the plug on Park Hae-jin’s drama Four Men
Well, anybody who was excited to see Park Hae-jin playing multiple roles in mystery-romance drama Four Men, the so-called prequel to his action-comedy Man to Man, can just take that excitement and swallow it, because SBS has decided to shelve the project, according to an official statement given today.
The stated reasons were vague, merely that there were problems with scheduling the show, and ultimately the broadcaster opted not to do so at all. Moreover, PD Oh Jin-seok (an SBS-contracted PD who previously directed Yong-pal and My Sassy Girl) is officially off the project. Asked whether Four Men has a chance at revival at another broadcaster, the SBS rep merely stated that they don’t know.
I suppose it’s always a possibility, though it’s rare for something that was publicly and officially dropped to be picked up by someone else. Initially, the production team had plans to begin filming in November and pre-produce the drama in its entirety. Park Hae-jin was cast in the lead role—er, four of them, playing a man who resembles the heroine’s lost love, as well as twins and another mysterious identity. Nana (The Good Wife) was cast as his detective love interest, Kwak Shi-yang (Chicago Typewriter) as another detective and Park Hae-jin’s friend, and Kyung Su-jin (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) as a reporter and Nana’s friend.
I don’t know that I find SBS’s explanation very convincing (they couldn’t figure out when to schedule it so they just… killed the project? Instead of waiting, when it’s pre-produced anyway?), but there isn’t much more we can get out of that brief statement. Welp. What could have been.
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