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Dead project Daemul to be revived

A highly anticipated drama project that fizzled last year may get a second chance at broadcast life: producers are hoping to give Daemul (aka Big Fish, or 대물) a second go.

The 10 billion won drama production had been a big-buzz project, first of all because it was based off a popular comic, and second of all when it cast A-list stars in the roles of the female president and high-class gigolo: Go Hyun-jung (HIT) and Kwon Sang-woo (Bad Love) in what was to be his big comeback project.

However, Daemul encountered numerous problems with its budget, PDs, and filming locations; SBS then dropped it from its schedule; and eventually it fizzled.

Now, Lee Kim Productions is hoping to get the drama back into production and on the air sometime this year. Interestingly, they say they want to continue with the same actors, but that might be tough, as both are now headlining their own series (Kwon in the current Cinderella Man and Go in the upcoming Queen Seon-deok). LKP is currently working on adapting scripts from the manhwa, which was created by Park In-kwon. Park also created the manhwa War of Money, which was turned into a hit drama in 2007 by the same production company.

I’ve always been more interested in the premise with Daemul than its producers or cast, so I’d actually like to see this one make it to air. Probably won’t be with SBS, though — although, I wonder if the broadcast station will put aside its squabbles with the production company and attempt to woo Lee Kim’s upcoming Lady Castle, starring Yoon Eun-hye.

Via Joy News

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If it's the same manhwa I'm thinking about, or part of it, a while back and didn't really like it -.- But than again, I only read a little bit of it and forgot most of it by now :/

But maybe I'll like the drama of it ^^;;;;

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Interesting. Although, I must say, that cover of the manhwa is really creepy-looking. I mean, the guy is so sinister-looking and such...

I wouldn't mind even if they changed the cast of what they had originally planned. Isn't Queen Seon-deok supposed to be pretty long [I get the impression, at least, that it's pretty long seeing as most historical dramas usually are]? It'll be difficult to pull GHJ.

I just visited the thread about LDH, and I wonder how LDH would fare as a female president. I'm not sure if that would fit her very well, actually, but hey, who knows?

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"I just visited the thread about LDH, and I wonder how LDH would fare as a female president."

She would be too young for the part. The president candidate is in her 40s.

"Isn’t Queen Seon-deok supposed to be pretty long [I get the impression, at least, that it's pretty long seeing as most historical dramas usually are]? It’ll be difficult to pull GHJ."

Queen Seon Duk is projected to run at least 50 episodes from May. Pretty much the rest of her year is booked, then.

Since before War of Money, SBS had wanted to cast Lee Young Ae in this role. Why not give it one more shot? Kim Hee Ae was also mentioned as a candidate then, and that would also be a good fit.

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What's the premise about?

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Lee Young Ae? I would love it if it was her. I haven't seen her in dramas for a long time. Six years? (Gah. I remember when it just came out and my mom was getting it on vid at the Korean market :O )

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hoping the'yre going to pursuit this drama....

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It's better to lead this drama with same cast...... I know and I belief that they much fit with this....there we're good and professional actor's even thy going to filming their individual dramas.....

I love ghj and ksw.... I think this two were the hishest paid in korea

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@Biscuit,

My perception is that SBS, for years, was actually using Daemul to land Lee Young Ae, not the other way around. They've offered the project to her repeatedly.

@Cosmopolite,

Lead female heroine is the first Korean female presidential candidate. Male gigolo gets hired by opposing forces in order to seduce and eliminate her from contention. The original manhwa was written for a mature audience, and it has some racy bits in there. The casting of GHJ/KSW would have been a good fit, but it won't happen unless they wait until next year. And at that point, Gong Yoo may be coming back and . . . ;)

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Yay! I was really interested this when it was first announced, but then it fizzled.

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