Entourage remake in plans for 2016 airdate on tvN
javabeans: Remember how tvN was gonna remake HBO’s Entourage?
girlfriday: Oh yeaaaaaah are they still doing that?
javabeans: That news first surfaced two years ago that they’d licensed the rights, but we had no further reports and I’m pretty sure most of us forgot about it. But tvN has just announced that they’re still doing the show — they haven’t decided on a timeslot yet, but they’re looking at the latter half of next year.
girlfriday: I’m still kind of skeptical. I feel like there’s just enough of Entourage out in the world, and we don’t need more.
javabeans: I’d argue we have way more than enough — eight seasons, really? But I’m also skeptical because the appeal of Entourage was its in-your-face hedonistic excess, the wish-fulfillment narrative of a hotshot and his band of douchebros rampaging around Hollywood having carefree good times with lots of drugs, sex, and swearing. I’m not sure ANY of that would translate to Korean audiences, or even be relatable to the Korean entertainment industry, where top stars have to be polite and well-behaved and modest.
girlfriday: Not to mention that none of that stuff would make it on air, even on tvN. The image-conscious factor also makes me wonder who’d star in it, because everyone has to protect their family-friendly images.
javabeans: We’ve mostly seen stars make fun of their image in funny, good-natured cases like Cha Seung-won in Best Love or Jeon Ji-hyun in You From Another Star. I wouldn’t mind seeing a huge star like Lee Min-ho or Kim Soo-hyun play an unironic, unselfconscious brat — but I don’t see that happening.
girlfriday: There was IU in The Producers, who I thought at least extended herself into unlikable territory and was willing to make her character a bitchy diva star.
javabeans: Speaking of The Producers, that may be the closest thing to Entourage we’ve seen so far, with its look behind the scenes at managers and agents and broadcast executives.
girlfriday: Yes, which makes me think that tvN is mostly going to make another Producers, not another Entourage.
javabeans: It seems a lot safer to make fun of the management system and the on-set drama than to show a more salacious side with parties, drugs, and sex. I mean, not in a society where actors doing drugs would actually get them jail time.
girlfriday: Yeah that would be a big no-no. The thing is, I can totally see a Korean movie doing this and pulling it off well. (Probably better than the Entourage movie, which was unnecessary at best.) It’d be gritty and dark and seedy as hell.
javabeans: But assuming we’re getting an Entourage K-drama next year, we may as well accept it and do the next best thing: fantasy casting! You need someone very pretty but kind of dumb for the Vince role. That doesn’t narrow it down much does it?
girlfriday: Yeah we’re gonna need more parameters for that.
javabeans: Someone broody and smoldery, who fancies himself a modern day Marlon Brando. Is that better?
girlfriday: Now I remember why I never took Vince seriously.
javabeans: I know we have to adjust to suit Korea’s industry and audience, but I’m trying to think of someone with Vince’s rugged, masculine vibe. Is TOP still too pretty? I dunno, Eric?
girlfriday: He gives good smolder. OH, and Oh Jung-se could play his brother Drama, the over-the-hill actor who’s less hot but still trying to be as cool as Little Bro. He does pathetic so well.
javabeans: Turtle has to be loud and obnoxious, but not hateable. I like Lee Yi-kyung.
girlfriday: Hahaha, I like that guy. He always plays the character that’s dumb as a post, but he’s still funny and relatable. We need a nice normal guy to play manager-BFF Eric.
javabeans: I always found Eric super whiny and annoying, but I could see someone like Jung Woo being awesome as the hot star’s sidekick who actually turns out to be the lead of this show.
girlfriday: Jung Woo really needs to do more dramas.
javabeans: And of course, no Entourage is complete without our megalomaniac douchebag agent Ari. Hm, who would be able to be that much of an asshole but entertaining and lovable at it? Is Kim Myung-min too obvious?
girlfriday: Yunno, he might be the only one who could pull it off anyway.
javabeans: Jang Hyuk?
girlfriday: Lol, he’d be hilarious. But I would always suspect that Jang Hyuk’s Ari was trying to become Vince.
javabeans: True, whereas Kim Myung-min would just be trying to take over the world one actor at a time, which is about as Ari as you get. Honestly, I think tvN would cast a decade younger than we would (and just did), but I think the character of the show really comes through better with an older cast.
girlfriday: And older actors would be less squeamish about ruining their shiny images, since they’re less shiny to begin with.
javabeans: Sad but true.
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