Lee Joon becomes vampire private eye for OCN
Okay, I feel like this is OCN’s answer to the demand for another season of Vampire Prosecutor — they’re not giving us a Season 3 (why not, Yeon Jung-hoon, why noooooooot?), and instead they’re doing a new vampire show… that sounds a lot like the old vampire show. It’s called Vampire Detective, and this time our hero will be a private eye who gets hired to crack cases for clients. Lee Joon (Heard It Through the Grapevine) has been confirmed for the leading role, along with supporting cast Oh Jung-se (The Lover) and Lee Se-young (Trot Lovers).
Lee Joon stars as an ex-policeman who graduated with honors from police academy, and then suffered an unfortunate accident during an investigation. He carries that pain in his heart, presumably leaves the force because of it, and then sets up shop as a private investigator.
While working as a P.I., he gets turned into a vampire, and the drama is about him continuing to do his detective work while trying to uncover the mystery surrounding his past. The only other descriptor for his character other than “vampire” is “prickly,” which seems kinda redundant. I don’t know about Vamp Lee Joon, but I am interested to see if he can pull it off.
He’ll get an investigation team, of course, and the general character types are such an obvious echo of Vampire Prosecutor that it’s funny. Oh Jung-se plays Lee Joon’s trusty hyung-partner-sidekick, a former detective who runs the private eye office alongside our hero. He’s an amazing detective with the skills of a veteran, but a total failure when it comes to love, and has zero experience with women. He’s a loyal friend who stays by Lee Joon’s side after he becomes a vampire, and becomes his support system. Awww. Oh Jung-se is just delightful in everything, and I’m sure their bromance will be adorable.
Oh Jung-se, Lee Se-young
Lee Se-young plays a young woman who’s a smooth liar with the skills of a con artist. She’s loyal to her brother, her only family in the world, and one day a traumatic incident happens to her brother and she comes to work for Lee Joon and Oh Jung-se in the aftermath. My impression of Lee Se-young from Trot Lovers isn’t great, but she played a totally crazy character. She’s a former child actress with a lot of experience, so I’m hoping that last role was a fluke.
So it’s basically going to be another ragtag team of investigators surrounding a vampire hero, and the only difference is that they’ll be operating on the down-low. (In Korea it’s illegal for a P.I. to investigate in the way that a cop or prosecutor would, so I guess he’ll be skirting vigilante territory while solving crimes). I hope they find a way to differentiate this show from Vampire Prosecutor enough to build its own identity. Or hey, they could be more supernatural and way funnier like Angel, but I won’t be holding my breath for that.
Producer Lee Seung-hoon of both seasons of Vampire Prosecutor and Yacha is developing the project, newbie PD Kim Ga-ram will be directing, and writing is Yoo Young-sun of the horror movie The Wicked.
Vampire Detective starts shooing this November, and will be entirely pre-produced for a 2016 broadcast.
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