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SBS picks up My Sassy Girl, reunites Joo-won with Yong-pal PD

The youth sageuk remake of rom-com classic My Sassy Girl starring Joo-won (Yong-pal) and one lucky girl now has a home at SBS; the series has been confirmed for the station, and is due to air in early 2017. Does that mean Joo-won will be in army by the time the show airs? Let’s not think about that. Maybe we’ll just think of it as a silver lining that we get to see him at all next year.

The adaptation by production company Raemong Raein (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) will be a romantic comedy sageuk that reimagines the characters of the original film as youths in the Joseon era. Joo-won stars as Gyun-woo (Cha Tae-hyun’s character in the original who gets bossed around by sassy girl Jeon Ji-hyun), except this time, Gyun-woo will be a “prickly city man.” Er? But… this is a story about an alpha girl and a beta male. That’s the entire premise, that she bosses him around. If SHE’s prickly, and then HE’s prickly, then you just have two angry porcupines, and nobody wants that!

They’d better not un-sassy the sassy girl, because then I’ll be really annoyed. The search for Joo-won’s leading lady has actually been extended because there was such overwhelming response to the open casting call, and there are currently over one thousand hopefuls — starlets and newbies alike — all vying for the coveted spot. Whether it goes to an established actress or a talented rookie, I like that they’re going through the process to find the best possible sassy girl out there for the part.

With the drama due to air on SBS, PD Oh Jin-seok of Yong-pal has signed on to helm the series, which is drawing more anticipation for the project since he was behind the show that got Joo-won a Daesang at the SBS Drama Awards last year. Yong-pal wasn’t without some glaring flaws, but I do remember it being beautiful to look at and very suspenseful at times. It did slow down immensely in the latter half and it had some egregious PPL, but hey — a sageuk can’t have any PPL, so half our problems have already been solved.

My Sassy Girl will air on SBS in early 2017. It’ll be 100% pre-produced and plans to be aired simultaneously in Korea, China, and Japan.

Via TV Daily, Star News, Hankyung

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It would be dream come true for me if they went with Kim Seul Gi, she needs her breakthrough leading role ✨⭐️. I'd also think Jung So Min or Oh Yeon Seo or Jo Soo Hyang from School 2015 would be able to nail the role and separate themselves from Ji Hyeon. I am sick of seeing the younger Kim triplets this year with age inappropriate actors so my fear would be that they choose a 15-17 year old actress.

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OH YES! Kim Seul-gi needs to be a lead!!! But first, she needs to reunite with Doojoon hehehe ?

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"Kim triplets" xD funny how that worked out

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OMG! That would be so amazing. it will never happen but still...

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I vote for Oh Yeon Seo! Nonetheless I'm really looking forward to this drama. Kim Seul Gi would def do the role justice though, Lol

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In order to be truly sassy in Joseon, didn't women have to pass themselves off as men? Where have I seen this before?? Ah, SPLENDID POLITICS. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

On the other hand, I'm looking forward to JW's project, gats and all. I'd enjoyed his badass trauma surgeon in YONG PAL, but after a while the evil corporate maneuvering bogged down. I'd mainly tuned in to see Jo Hyun-Jae take a turn as a villain instead of the good guy roles I'd seen him in previously. (He'll forever be Crown Prince MyongNong to me.)

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I am not an expert, but I believe that "Sassy Girls" in Joseon were tortured and put to death. This seems to work against the whole romantic comedy genre definition. Is it possible to have a light-hearted, humorous plotline while exposing yourself to possible torture and death? IMHO a youth sageuk remake of a classic romantic comedy seems like it can only yield something that will also be labeled a classic. Unfortunately, the word "mistake" will be present in the new label.

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Very good points.

Maybe by the time it's over, we'll all be Olympic contenders in the suspension of disbelief.

On the other hand, I've been fooled often enough times by pre-debut plot descriptions that I'll give it a go.

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You have an excellent point about pre-debut plot descriptions. Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki had a pre-debut plot description that made it seem unappealing. GF and DB made a comment about liking the female lead, Ms Temper (Lee Yo-won), in their last podcast. Their comments were enough for me to give the show a chance. The drama turned out to be a real gem and I recommend it to anyone who might enjoy a very good, lighthearted and fun drama.

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Really hope they will find the right girl for the lead role. Joo won is always great. I guess I will check this out cuz of him since I'm quite curious how they plan to adopt the original plot to the Joseon setting.

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Does this mean I should expect a very strong, exciting opening with the drama eventually going into the weeds?

Joo Woo is an excellent actor, but the Young Pal references make me very uneasy. After all, he can only do so much with the material he is given to work with.

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HAHA +1

I had the same response.

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Yong Pal was pretty terrible, but a lot of that has to do with the writing. I'd still reserve expectations for this one though. It seems like a mess in the making.

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I hope Gong Seung Yeon will be joining the cast...

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LOL @2 Angry Porcupines, it's the right title for this not-so Sassy Girl premise. This is a mess, they're turning the character into your every kdrama obnoxious lead guy.

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My Sassy Girl will now turn into My Sassy Boy, aka every drama with a cold male protagonist and a candy heroine that's head strong in the first few weeks and then turns into a mess

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I'll check it, the premise not that exciting to me but i always like joo won n his drama so i hope it's not gonna dissapointing

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ah I just wish he would choose another drama, comedy was not his forte, besides it sound like a mess already with open casting and all and I read the sequel of my sassy bombed.

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I will not stop naming her until it's confirmed...

PARK BO-YOUNG.

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YES! Revive the 'Hot Blooded Youth' passion!

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But, but that would be weird. Cha Taehyun and Park Boyoung were father and daughter in Speedy Scandal!

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Here's hoping Joo Won's character is just "prickly" on the outside but easily manipulated/bossed around in reality. That cold exterior was just for show, and that he's just a bunny cosplaying a wolf. Otherwise, losing this premise would lose the interest.

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I like Joo Won but I don't think that Yongpal is his best drama tbh. Yongpal was great, for like, the first 7-8 episodes. And then it started going downhill. Joo Won was getting more and more passive and unimportant. He's like a filler in the midst of the chaos. He's basically a trophy husband.

I don't want to keep my hopes up bc this drama have the same PD. I've learnt that a drama can't be saved with just a good casting.

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Park Bo Young or Moon Geun Young , please

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Ooh, Moon Geun Young... That would be nice. She's an amazing actress.

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Moon Geun Young please , I love her acting :p

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please get oh yeon seo for this ...

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After CBA, OYS has become my girl crush. She can do this character perfectly.

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YES I want this to happen soo bad!

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I think it will air on Wed-Thurs (after drama of Park Ji Eun writer) or on Sat-Sun (after Saimdang, the Herstory)

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a sageuk can’t have any PPL

Hmm I wonder what it would PPL if they could do PPLs...

The wooden laundry board?
The 100% authentic ceramic stone pot?
Jade couple rings?
Cross-dressing costume kit?

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Hopefully not man liner / lipstick

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Gats!

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I think Jackpot is sponsored by Daebak Makgeolli and they do drink quite a lot of Makgeolli in that show xD

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Um... what is PPL??

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Product placement. Aka characters flashing products that were sponsored.

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I want to hear who is the lead girl first. If they cant the newcomer, she better be sassy enough.

Joo Won is great but he's alone will not draw me. I watched Yong Pal for Kim Tae hee, and maybe I am the only one who was grateful to see how the things in Yong Pal turned around for second half.

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why he have to pick this role?
he's a good actor (like everyone said: gaksital, good doctor), but good drama doesn't only made by one good actor. even great casts can save a bad script or bad directed drama.
this sounds a lot like level 7 or tomorrow's cantabile for me: hot mess fight between original fans and the actor hardcore fans.

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*great cast can't save bad scripted or bad directed drama

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I'm really looking forward to this but Yong Pal's PD? I will admit that they had some beautiful scenes but just like the story, it wasn't consistent. Just recalling that big fight scene is making me laugh right now. Then again, I only watched until episode 8 so who knows if the style of the directing also change.

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That's Joo Won in the pic? DAMN BOY!

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oh yeon seo or park bo young

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I'm just here to say that he looks damn freaking hot in that photo.

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I wish they would separate themselves from the My Sassy Girl title and not tout themselves as a remake. At this point it's its own show. I know WHY they are doing it, to pull in ratings, but seeing how they are making the show so vastly different I think it will end up hurting them, not helping them.

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Such A media play ??? oh i see since jowon will go to military service so his company will do anything to get much money from him

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Oh yeon seo please... Yeaaahh she's damn good in cba.... Love her acting there...

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Just cast Moon Chae Won. She was like a sassy girl in Love Forecast

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lee sung kyung cheese in the trap

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If they're going to change the premise I hope it's something like Pride and Prejudice with prickly Gyun-woo as Darcy and a sassy Joseon's Elizabeth Bennet. That would be fun.

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