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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.

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Gapdong was boring, so this one better be thrilling! I have faith in Misaeng PD

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Sounds nice and now please cast Han Groo in it even if she graces my screen for ten minutes as a potential murder victim, I'll take it. She's been gone way too long.

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Han Groo should be in everything. I am watching Killer Girl K for the first time and between that, and Marriage Not Dating, she is phenomenal.

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and please don't waste her like Gap-dong wasted Kim Ji-won

(I secretly hope tvN will offer her the lead in Cheese in the Trap now, if I can't have Kim Go-eun I will take Han Groo)

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Three Days was so boring and very less thrilling. I hope this one will be good as I loved Misaeng and SKKS.

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and tvN's crime thriller record is distinctly patchy, looking at Gap-dong and Hidden Identity. It's a genre that actually does better on OCN/JTBC.

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You took the words from my mouth, my friend. I was like, ok, PD Kim good, Writer Kim, not so much.

Sign was barely ok, Ghost was draggy and boring and I actively disliked Three Days so unless they suddenly have a writer change (which is not impossible, actually) I will have to pass on this one.

Which is sad, since I really love a good thriller and they are so rare.

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Oh, I am now super-interested in this. Too bad it won't be an OCN production, but I'm hopeful it will still be awesome. :)

Now it just needs to cast Kwon Hyun Sang as the killer, & a snappy, athletic, non-wimpy woman as the detective (I agree, Han Groo would be great, Gem), with Sung Ji-Ru as her partner, and I will be happy as a pig in mud. :)

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I love Ghost and Three Days, though the last one pretty bland. I wish So Jisub will take more crime-mystery like Ghost again.
Or you know maybe So Jisub and Park Yoochun can act on the same screen? Somehow the President found out the best hacker in this universe is still alive and instructs Kim Wooyoung to help Han Taekyung side by side catching the bad guys. They're on the same Kim Eunhee Universe afterall.
Got to wait till next year to watch this, Oh My God should please me enough.

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But... the best hacker in dramaverse is Hacker Ajumma. :(

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I am a little disappointed that she will not do the drama Cold Case. I saw Gap dong, I read about the real case but I don`t want to see the unresolved case on TV.

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I like how Yoochun worked with both the PD and writer :)

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I hope they cast Eric Mun for this. It's about a rapist criminal…so I think he suits that role…lol…*recalled Que Sera Sera

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Same here! Peaked my interest all because of Misaeng PD!

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Yup. And I hope some of the interns can join him in this drama haha.

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Lee Sung-min as a world weary cop/detective and Kim Dae-myung as his comic relief partner. I would watch the hell out of it! A Korean version of True Detective

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I have to say .. the writer is a no for me ..
I like thrillers .. but no :/

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Can I ask TvN to consider offering the script to Yoo Yeon Seok? I want him to be back to my screen on weekly basis again and I'll take any thriller-action packed drama over romcom for him. At least for now.. kekekeke..

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Misaeng PD! Yes! Kim Eun Hee! Yes!
Misaeng, Ghost, 3Days remain among my favourite dramas of all time. I've been waiting impatiently for Misaeng Season 2, and KEH's next drama offering, so having this combination is a dream come true. Please let the cast be just as incredible as the production/scriptwriting team!

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