Gong Yoo confirms writer Kim Eun-sook’s fantasy drama Goblin
The new drama from Descended From the Sun writer Kim Eun-sook finally has a working title, a story, a timeslot, and a leading man: Gong Yoo (A Man and a Woman, Big) has signed on to headline, and the series is due to air on tvN in November, as expected. It’s called Goblin, and it’ll be a fantasy drama about a goblin and a reaper who start living together (it sounds a little like tvN’s other supernatural drama about a ghost and an exorcist becoming roomies).
It’s a story about a goblin, “the protector,” who needs a human bride in order to end his immortal life. We’re not told why he’d want to end immortality, but maybe he’s tired of being beautiful forever? And then there’s a reaper, “the taker,” who has amnesia. (It doesn’t specify in the press releases whether the heroine would be the amnesiac reaper, but that would be my guess, unless she’s the human bride. Please don’t make her the human bride.)
The goblin and the reaper meet “somewhere between fate and a curse,” and the story is about their peculiar living arrangement, as they escort dead souls into the afterlife. I wonder if the goblin starts helping out with the reaper’s work because of the amnesia? It’ll be the story of their “mysterious, sad, strange, and beautiful daily lives.”
So it sounds like a contemporary drama with supernatural characters, which is less of a departure for writer Kim Eun-sook than it first seemed when the project was first announced. I mean, technically Secret Garden was mystical, so maybe it’ll be closer to that show. It’s being called a romantic comedy, so that’s familiar ground, plus anything Kim Eun-sook writes will end up a romance anyway, no matter what else it’s about.
I do like the premise, since I’ve always been a sucker for fantasy dramas and stories about reapers, especially the ones that treat it like a job. If it’s anything like Dead Like Me, I might love it, but it’s hard to know what kind of curveball the goblin/human bride element will be. Coincidentally, Gong Yoo was being courted for the film saga With the Gods where he would’ve played a reaper. I guess reapers are all the rage these days. I really hope this writer doesn’t ruin reapers for me, or Gong Yoo for that matter, because I don’t know if I could forgive her for that. Crossing all fingers and toes, thinking positive thoughts…
Goblin will air on Fridays and Saturdays in November.
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