Fantasy ghostbusting sageuk in the works with Night Watchman
A Joseon Ghostbusters? Pwa! A Joseon Ghostbusters starring flower boys? SOLD. Gimme now, please and thank you.
The Records of a Night Watchman is the name of the drama series, which will be a quirky fantasy-sageuk centered around a foursome of young bodyguards who are part of the palace night watch and protect the king. They patrol after curfew hours and figure out ways of nabbing ghosts on the loose, all while bonding and falling in love and all that good stuff. With Sungkyungkwan Scandal being such a popular hit, I wonder that it took them (them being the Powers That Be in dramaland) to follow it up with another “national youth sageuk,” which is the hope for this new drama.
The four leads will display varied charms, naturally, which is what you get when you dream up an F4 (or H4, or whatever acronym we’re on to now). And as with Sungkyunkwan, we’ll be getting one lady working with (and being loved by?) three men. Among the men you’ve got the cold elite one (of course), one who’s hostile to women, and another who isn’t described but who I’m guessing is the eccentric cute one. Just a hunch, based on every drama ever featuring a quartet of friends.
Writing The Records of a Night Watchman is Yoo Dong-yoon of King and I, Age of Warriors, and King’s Dream (so, no stranger to the world of sageuk), while PD Lee Joo-hwan of Jumong and Shin Don will be directing. Sungkyunkwan Scandal’s production company will be backing the project.
The Records of a Night Watchman is planning for a broadcast in the latter half of the year. I guess I’ll have to put my waiting hat on. And then stomp on it in impatience.