Adapting early Hallyu hits for the big screen
Following the (still lingering??) popularity of classic Hallyu drama hits Autumn Love Story (or Autumn Fairy Tale) and Winter Sonata, particularly n Japan, movie versions are in the works.
The movie rights have been bought for the dramas and an agreement was made for investment and co-production between a Korean and Japanese entertainment company at the recent Pusan International Film Festival.
As we might expect, the original stars of the dramas — Bae Yong-joon, Choi Ji-woo, Song Seung-heon, Song Hye-gyo, Won Bin — who have all gone on to big careers, will not be appearing in the films. Instead, the production intends to go the opposite way and cast new faces in the roles. Furthermore, discussions are under way concerning the film fate of Daejanggeum (Jewel in the Palace) as well.
Not to sound callous, but: Can’t we move on past these old-school kdramas? The scene has evolved so much from the day of Ye Olde Cancer Storyline and the traditional tearjerker.