SBS lines up jailbreak thriller Defendant for fall
There’s a new drama in the works from writer Choi Su-jin of City Hunter and PD Jo Young-kwang of 49 Days, Yawang, and Hyde, Jekyll, Me, and it’s headed to SBS this fall. Writer Choi was one of two scriptwriters on City Hunter, so I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but this new project sounds like it could be a thriller in a similar vein. It’s a mystery thriller called Defendant, and it’s about one of the nation’s top prosecutors who suddenly wakes up in prison and has no memory of how he got there. I admit it—you have my attention.
The drama is described as a prison break story of a man on death row. The lead character is a prosecutor in the violent crimes division, the best in the country, in fact. He’s never once lost a case or been unable to prove that a defendant is guilty (though that makes me wonder if there’s something wrong with his methods).
One day he wakes up to find himself in prison, and has no memory of why he’s a criminal who ended up in jail. He suffers from temporary amnesia while faced with the worst possible dilemma, and the drama is about his desperate fight to clear his name before his time on death row is up.
It sounds like Remember crossed with Prison Break crossed with God’s Gift—14 Days, which could be very cool if executed in a thrilling way. There’s so much conflict in the premise that it’s a little like throwing the kitchen sink at the hero (what, no terminal brain cancer?), but I’m definitely intrigued by the idea of waking up in jail and not knowing how you got there. Who’s to say you’re really innocent, after all? If they plan to keep us guessing on his innocence the whole way through, then I’ll really be excited.
Defendant is being planned for the Monday-Tuesday slot following Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart: Goryeo in November.
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