Jung Il-woo courted for ghostbusting sageuk Night Watchman
EEEEEEEE! Jung Il-woo starring in The Records of a Night Watchman? Whose palms do I need to grease to make this happen? The upcoming MBC supernatural fusion sageuk is already the summer drama I was most excited about, but if they can get Jung Il-woo (Gold Rainbow, The Moon That Embraces the Sun) to headline, someone might have to peel me off the floor.
The fantasy fusion sageuk drama comes from the production house behind Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and this time a Joseon F4 will be made up of a group of night watchmen who patrol the palace after curfew and keep the king and his citizens safe from things that go bump in the night. I suppose that could mean all manner of nasty monsters, but primarily they hunt ghosts. PD Lee Joo-hwan of Jumong and Shin Don will be directing, and Yoo Dong-yoon of King and I and King’s Dream will be writing.
I can’t wait to see who else they cast for the foursome—it’ll be three guys and one girl, naturally, in Sungkyunkwan fashion. Maybe this time since they’re patrol officers, she’ll be a damo and not have to be a crossdressing boy-girl, not that I ever get bored of crossdressing dramas. It actually sounds a lot like You’re All Surrounded transplanted to the Joseon era; just a little less crime-fighting, a little more ghostbusting. A supernatural premise, a Scooby Gang of four friends falling in love and growing up while saving the world from scary monsters? I’m SO IN.
Word is that Jung Il-woo is currently in negotiations with the production to star. He’s no stranger to the fusion sageuk (The Moon That Embraces the Sun, The Return of Iljimae) so he should be right at home. It hasn’t been long since he wrapped his recent weekend melodrama Gold Rainbow (but let us not speak of the downward spiral that was that show); I’m just glad he’s headed back to dramaland so soon.
The Records of a Night Watchman will air on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in late July, following Triangle.
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