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Iris to be produced as a manhwa

KBS’s “blockbuster action spy drama” IRIS [아이리스] is scheduled to premiere in October, but even before it unveils itself to the public, it has confirmed that it is producing another iteration: a manhwa by well-known manhwa-ka Lee Hyun-sae.

The decision to publish the new manhwa comes after negotiations between the drama’s production company, Taewon Entertainment, and writer Lee’s agency, Creek & River. The manhwa version will be set in the same world as the television series, but will follow different plotlines unique to the manhwa. The details of publication are still being worked out.

As we’ve seen, there have been lots of manhwas adapted for the screen, but this is a new instance of the reverse in action. There is heightened curiosity as to the outcome, as it has the potential to spawn a new business model.

Lee Hyun-sae is the manhwa-ka who created, among other titles, Strike Love (which was turned into an MBC drama this year) and golf-themed Buddy (set for a drama adaptation later this year).

Iris (the drama version) has been heavily hyped for a while, even before it cast such names as Lee Byung-heon, Kim Tae-hee, Jung Jun-ho, Kim So-yeon, and TOP. I wonder whether the drama will be able to live up to its buzz. There’s an awfully high level of expectation for it, and it would be pretty sad if it flopped after all the work, money, and hype poured into the production. True, that’s the case for any drama, but Iris comes with a particularly hefty production budget and some heavy hitters attached. (Lee Byung-heon on TV again!)

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Thanks Javabeans - that pic of LBH made it a very nice start to the day!!! It even overrode my initial intention of reading OT first! The power of LBY and his sleeveless sexiness!

Interesting that the manhwa is planned before this series has aired. But then again the hype about IRIS (the series) has been going for awhile (and I greatly appreciate any opportunity to oogle....I mean look at Lee Byung-heon) and it would be guaranteed to sell in Japan. The cast is pretty awesome - so Oct can't come fast enough. It is probably overhyped but when it features the smexy Lee Byung-heon. Can never get enough of the man - hmm just remembered, need to go see GI Joe for LBH on the big screen!

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are they still doing the film version of this at the same time?

and i've seen some news of lee byung heon (mostly for being with sienna miller) going around promoting for gi joe.. is filming for iris already over?

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What I love most about hunky LBH is he's a Literature (French) major!!!!

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I am still looking forward to this drama; hopefully I'm not disappointed, but I haven't put the drama on a pedestal so I think I don't have extremely high expectations. I just hope none of the characters are the over-reacting type. I like serious dramas.

The idea of a manhwa is interesting though. I don't think I've ever read one before.

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Thanks to Cain & Abel, I am expecting IRIS to suck. Everything I've heard about this upcoming drama so far - action, high budget, big names, HYPE - just brings back bad memories of a bloody So Ji Sub lying in a gorgeous desert. It feels all too similar to me.

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Oh I don't care if Iris can't live up to hype as long as Lee Byung Heon is in it. He has enough talent to carry a drama on his shoulders. I love that man.....can't wait.

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OMG! It's Lee Byung-Heon! Funny thing is, I was on a Spanish news site when I found out about G. I. Joe and noticed that there was a Korean actor in that movie. A few days ago, I saw his interview on the street with a reporter (seemed pretty impromtu, but I'm not sure if it was) and being impressed with his English, declared myself a fan and went that night to see the movie (which I thought was a bit awkward in some of the Storm Shadow scenes but overall a thrilling film...though not so memorable lol). :) My parents don't understand my sudden fan-craze, especially since he's an older actor, I've only seen him once, and I'm 14. Hyun Bin they understand, Lee Byung-Heon not so much. :) But I'm hooked regardless!

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Lee is a charismatic man....I can't seem to get over him.

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I remember first seeing LBH in All In and can't believe at first that he's a Korean coz most actors I have watched before him are all fair skinned and has that pretty boy look but then, after finishing the series, needless to say I've become a fan and have seen almost all his works....and now will greatly anticipate seeing him again on small screen...

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Ohhhhhhh, I love LBH. He is one of the most charismatic actor ever. I watched GI Joe just for him. The movie was full of action and didn't made much sense but LBH was awesome in it. He's definitely a badass. Can't wait to watch IRIS. LBH made Gi Joe watchable and he wasn't the main lead, so I have no doubt IRIS will be great.

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I looooveee LBH (tried to drag every single friend I knew to watch G.I Joe with me) and Jung Jun Ho, and Kim So Yeon was okay in Gourmet. Not really feeling the rest of the cast though, so I'm probably in the minority when I say that I'm not remotely interested in the possibly overhyped IRIS. That said, the screenshots look good, though, kind of reminiscent of the high octane Quantum of Solace :O Maybe I'll catch it anyway just to see LBH dripping sweat and waving a gun around, LOL.

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The only thing that somewhat gives me doubt is Kim Taehee. I don't know. She's not a very strong actress so I'm not sure if she'll carry out this role well since she's one of the main. On the other hand, I might just watch it because of Kim So Yeon and T.O.P. Lol.

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.... WOW @ first LBH picture. Can we say Guns?

In this era of slender pretty boys, I am so ready to welcome this project of MEN and WOMEN. (Not that I haven't been enjoying those pretty faces). Lee Byungheon and Jung Junho...I can imagine them as charming and smooth Bond-like men with special brand of humor in this espionage setting. I also liked that they cast Kim Soyeon, whose only memorable role to me, was from All About Eve. That role as a do-or-die conniving B* was maybe her most shining moment. I like to hope she pulls in that grit again while holding a gun. As for Kim Taehee, I've never paid attention to her acting (I quit Love Story in Harvard mid-way), but I am always amazed at her beauty. I hope she has been working hard on her acting skills between her busy CF schedules, otherwise the better actors will be carrying her and the drama. TOP? He already has the look of an assassin, and acting stiff and nonchalant is natural to him, isn't it? So I'm not worried about him.

Overall, IRIS looks like it will be a good one.

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Except Kim Tae Hee, everything look amazing about Iris.I'm looking forward to see it.At least I can see Lee Byung Hun at 20 episodes.It is enough for me:)

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Nothing wrong with Kim Tae Hee, although I would've preferred Son Yeh Jin who was originally cast before pulling out, but IRIS can't fail and it won't fail :)

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LBH and Kim So Yeon are such great actors. Kim Tae Hee is a pretty awful casting choice (Son Yeh Jin wouldn't have been any better). Kim So Yeon can hold her own and they needed an actress with enough talent to go against her. Instead they picked KTH. Wow. Waste of money hiring her. And TOP?...at least he looks the part.

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Ok, I understand the negativity regarding Kim Tae Hee because even I admit her acting is pretty bad (but improving!), but what is wrong with Son Yeh Jin? She would've been perfect IMO.

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