Kang Ji-hwan, Moon Geun-young courted for new drama Home Alone
Good news: Kang Ji-hwan (Big Man) and Moon Geun-young (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi) may be teaming up for a new drama! Aw, I’ve missed them in good dramas!
Less good news news: The drama comes from writer Kim Do-hyun of tvN’s weirdly mishmashed rom-com-murder drama My Secret Hotel, and is produced by Dream E&M, which did the absurd weekend makjang King’s Family and the heart-transplant melodrama My Spring Days.
But on the upside: Directing is Lee Jung-seob, the PD of Healer. Whee!
But maybe less of an upside: Let’s take a look at that plot. Titled Home Alone, the drama is about a man who loses his family, moves to the U.S., and finds success there as a businessman. He then returns to Korea, where he ends up falling for the woman who takes care of his home and beloved dog. Anybody else get She’s So Lovable twitches just now? I suppose that drama could have been more painful if it hadn’t been so darned boring, though that’s hardly a silver lining.
According to a source at KBS, Moon Geun-young was offered the lead role and showed “a positive reaction” to the script, and is in the negotiation phase. Kang Ji-hwan is also reportedly “positively considering” the role and is discussing scheduling arrangements for the drama. It looks like Moon’s agency-mate Jeon Hye-bin (Joseon Gunman) may be taking a role as well.
I’m pretty torn about this news, because I’m always rooting for Kang Ji-hwan and Moon Geun-young to pick better projects but bummed when their dramas turn out mediocre—I like both actors, but not enough to sit through bad dramas. (They’ve had a bad string of choices, what with the lackluster Big Man, Incarnation of Money, Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, and Alice in Cheongdam-dong.) And My Secret Hotel… oy. Not a writer I want to follow… except then there’s Healer, which won me over completely. So many contradictory feelings!
Well, I expect we’ll be hearing follow-ups come out in the coming days, so we’ll have to see what else comes to light. Home Alone is looking to broadcast in mid-October, following Taming Mother-in-Law.
- News bites: July 19, 2015
- Chaebol’s Daughter loses Moon-Park pairing, gains Park Hyung-shik
- Moon Geun-young offered lead in Chaebol’s Daughter
- Healer: Episode 1
- Yoo Ah-in, Moon Geun-young join Joseon-era film Sado
- Webtoon adaptation Misaeng courts Moon Geun-young
- Big Man: Episode 1
- Kang Ji-hwan is a Big Man (for KBS)
- Goddess of Fire resumes filming, hopes to recover ratings
- Kang Ji-hwan plays lady-killer thief in action rom-com