Jung Yong-hwa up for time travel series
Jung Yong-hwa is reportedly considering another drama role after his last one fizzled (buh-bye, Heirs), and it’s a drama I’m actually quite interested in hearing more about. Called Future Choice, the miniseries comes from one-half of the other Hong sisters writing partnership, who penned The King 2 Hearts and Beethoven Virus.
Only the elder sister, Hong Jin-ah, is behind this one, but I’m willing to hold off on judgment of whether the lack of the other will be a bad thing. Future Choice is yet another time-slip drama (…pause to let groans fade), which means it’s rather behind the curve. But you know, if the time travelers of the past year have proven anything, it’s that premise alone means little—it’s the execution that’ll make or break.
Future Choice is set in the broadcast television world, with a PD and writer as main characters. Jung Yong-hwa would play the handsome and talented PD who is a series lead, though it sounds like it’s the heroine who’s at the center of the show: The plot gets going when she, a broadcast writer, meets her past self and starts giving her(self) life advice. Eek! Have you never seen Back to the Future? Remember how he nearly goes poof? (I half-expect them to name her Mi-rae, too, to make it extra punny; mi-rae is future, and would make the title also read Mi-rae’s Choice.)
The plot has clear similarities to other wrinkle-in-time dramas like Nine (they’re broadcast anchors there), particularly given that in Nine the hero was also on a quest to purposefully change time. That’s the opposite of most of our shows in this category, like Dr. Jin, Queen In-hyun’s Man and Faith, where the characters were wary of messing with history and altering the future/present. Should make for an intriguing exploration of the heroine’s motives and crises. Because you don’t just go about screwing with your own past without running into crises.
Future Choice will be a Monday-Tuesday drama on KBS to follow Good Doctor, which puts its premiere in October. Jung Yong-hwa has received the offer and is currently “positively considering” it.
Via Hankook Ilbo