Kim Kang-woo offered tvN sci-fi mystery drama Circle
Kim Kang-woo may be returning with another drama soon—hopefully one that’s much better than his last (Goodbye Mr. Black, sigh)—and has been offered a new sci-fi mystery drama Circle, which is being planned for a run on tvN. I’m glad to see a premise that sounds a bit different from the same old: Circle will take place both in the present day and in the future, and deals with alien visitors to Earth.
The drama will experiment with a new format, and plans to unfold in two parts: The first takes place in 2017, while the second will jump ahead to 2037. Humans attempt to take advantage of the aliens who arrive on Earth, and the ensuing plot involves stories of alliance, resistance, and love.
Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon, who wrote sageuk hits Six Flying Dragons and Tree With Deep Roots, will be onboard as creators and producers, though they’ll leave the writing to a a team of four scriptwriters: Kim Jin-hee of Alice in Cheongdam-dong, Ryu Moon-sang (Drama Festival’s Escaping Slavery), Park Eun-mi (Drama Festival’s Haneuljae’s Murder), and Yoo Hye-mi. Directing will be PD Min Jin-ki of Blue Tower and SNL Korea.
The premise has much more of a genre bent than we’ve seen in dramaland, and it’s one that I welcome, since I want to see dramas branch out with more diverse topics and styles. Circle is looking to revive that late-night Friday-Saturday timeslot that tvN created to broadcast Cinderella and the Four Knights and Entourage, though it has not continued to show dramas in that hour since (likely because those shows both flopped). I recall how tvN’s fledgling years were built on airing dramas in late-night slots (the excellent sci-fi mystery Joseon X-Files was a midnight show, and also employed a multi-writer team), so it seems like a fitting move.
No final decisions have been made yet, but the station is aiming to air Circle in the first half of the year. I’ve got my calendar and red pen out!
Via TV Report
- News bites: February 11, 2017
- Joo-won, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Sang-joong work Overtime fighting aliens
- Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 1
- Goodbye Mr. Black’s cast dolls up for press conference day
- Kim Kang-woo totes a gun at sea for Goodbye Mr. Black
- Missing Noir M: Episode 1
- Kim Kang-woo and Park Hee-soon up for OCN’s next crime thriller
- Kim Kang-woo to play tyrant king
- Golden Cross: Episode 1