Chun Jung-myung courted for new OCN thriller
Ooh. It’s been a while since Chun Jung-myung (Queen of the Night) has done a good drama, but this might just be the one to break his streak. Cable network OCN is considering a new series for the spring called Ten Days Ago, and the production is reportedly in talks with Chun Jung-myung to headline. In keeping with dramaland’s rule of twos, it’ll be another condensed-time thriller aiming to air a month after Three Days. Guess race-against-the-clock action heroes will be this year’s time-traveler (though the future of Three Days looks far from certain).
Ten Days Ago is a thriller about the final ten days remaining before the statute of limitations runs out on a crime. One person races to uncover the truth while the other struggles to keep it hidden in a “breathless fight to the death.” Chun Jung-myung is up for the hero role, and the interesting part is that it’s unclear if the hero is doing the uncovering or the hiding. There isn’t much character background other than the fact that he carries deep anguish because of something he did fifteen years ago. The traditional route would be to make him the victim struggling to uncover the truth, but if he did something wrong fifteen years ago, it’d be a cool twist to have us root for the criminal.
The series is being produced by movie people, which might be a draw for Chun Jung-myung. Directing is PD Kim Yong-kyun of the horror movie The Webtoon and writer Ahn Young-soo who worked on Itaewon Murder Case and Typhoon. It’s a 10-episode series, which ought to make the episode breaks for the ten-day story pretty simple. I’m sure by this time next year we’ll be seeing the rom-com version, Seventeen Years, Three Months, Two Weeks, Six Days, Four Hours and Thirty-three Minutes From Now, but for now I’m looking forward to this new trend of gritty action heroes and the tight rein on narrative that’s inherent in the premise. I liked Two Weeks, so here’s hoping that each drama improves upon the last. Let the best clock-ticking thriller win.
Ten Days Ago is hoping for a March broadcast on OCN.
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