On Air the movie?
SBS’s On Air was a successful drama when it aired in 2008, with its rapid-fire dialogue, entertainment-industry setting, and parade of high-profile star cameos. A new movie is in the works that is being described as a movie version, titled Entertainment (tentatively), which seems like a really bad idea in that it’s such a generic word — can you imagine the aggravation of Googling that? (Or since we’re talking about Korea, Naver-ing.)
In Entertainment, an ordinary high school student dreams of being a star and moves up to Seoul, where she takes up work at a room salon (bar girl). She gets discovered and becomes a top singer. The story explores management company conflicts, relationships between station PDs and agency reps, and the “passionate struggles of managers who pour themselves into developing their singers.”
The story sounds completely different from the drama, which makes me wonder why it’s called an “On Air movie.” On Air was about drama producers and highlighted the relationships and strife between actors, writers, PDs, and managers. (The four leads represent each of those categories.) If the projects are related, they’re only barely so. And if they’re unaffiliated, it’s mighty misleading advertising for Entertainment.
Directing the movie will be Kwon Nam-ki of 2006’s Escaping From Charisma, which starred Yoon Eun-hye. It is not yet cast.
Tags: On Air