Misaeng PD to helm crime thriller Signal for tvN
Signal is the newest project from writer Kim Eun-hee (Three Days, Ghost, Sign), which was initially being shopped at SBS for a late-summer launch, but kept getting pushed back later and later on the schedule. SBS ended up passing on the show, which is a surprise given that writer Kim’s last three crime thrillers were all at SBS; now tvN has picked it up for their winter lineup, and acclaimed PD Kim Won-seok (Misaeng, Monstar, Sungkyunkwan Scandal) will be directing. Suddenly verrrry interested in Signal.
The series will be based on Bong Joon-ho’s hit film Memories of Murder, which is based on the real-life Hwaseong serial murder case that occurred in the 1980s. A serial rapist-murderer killed ten women and was never caught, and it’s one of the most popular true crime cases that gets endlessly retold in film and television, probably because it remains unsolved to this day.
Gap-dong (which was also on tvN) was based on the same film/case, but took a modern copycat-killer twist on the story. I liked that approach in theory, though in execution Gap-dong failed to be thrilling in any way whatsoever, which is a bummer when you’re dealing with a murder mystery.
Prospects are better for seasoned thriller writer Kim Eun-hee to elicit some spine-tingling chills and high-stakes action, even if it takes on a procedural bent. More importantly, in the hands of PD Kim Won-seok, I trust that it’ll actually be suspenseful — there were times that Misaeng had me sweating bullets, and there were no serial killers running around in that.
Signal is scheduled to air after Answer Me 1988 (which follows Oh My Ghostess and Twenty Again) on Fridays and Saturdays in January 2016.
Via IS Plus
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