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.
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